Part 7, Chapter 29 Summary
In the carriage, Anna Karenina is in an even worse frame of mind than when she left home. To all her other torturous experiences is added the mortification of being an outcast, something she felt distinctly when she met Kitty. She imagines both women looking at her as something “dreadful, incomprehensible, and curious.”
Though Anna Karenina intended to confide in Dolly during her visit today, now she thinks it is a good thing she did not. Though she would have concealed it, she is sure Dolly would have felt delight that she is being punished for the happiness for which Dolly once envied her. Anna Karenina knows Dolly thinks she is an immoral woman, realizing that she could have made Stepan Arkadyevitch fall in love with her if she had wanted to. Kitty is the same; she both envies and hates Anna Karenina. They all hate each other.
Outside the carriage window, she sees something amusing and wants to remember to tell someone when she gets home—until she remembers she no longer has anyone to whom she can tell something amusing. Her next thought is that there is nothing amusing anymore; everything is hateful. Even the church exists only to hide the fact that everyone hates everyone else. These are the thoughts that consume Anna Karenina as she rides home, leaving her little time to reflect on her own situation. Only when the carriage pulls up to the house and she sees the porter coming to her does she remember that she had sent Vronsky a telegram and a note.
She asks the porter if there is an answer to her telegram, and he gives her the thin envelope. “I can’t come before ten o’clock. –Vronsky” Anna Karenina confirms that the...
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