Anna Karenina Part 7, Chapter 31 Summary

Leo Tolstoy

Part 7, Chapter 31 Summary

Anna Karenina is seated on the train, and everyone around her seems hideous and disgusting to her. She imagines people are whispering about her, and even the children are appalling to her. She moves to an empty carriage, near the window and away from the detestable people. Outside her window, a “misshapen-looking peasant” covered with dirt, tangled hair sticking out from under his dirty cap, passes by and stoops to look at the train wheels. Anna Karenina thinks there is something familiar about the hideous man, and then she remembers her awful dream. Shaking with terror, she moves to the opposite door; the conductor opens the door for some incoming passengers and asks Anna Karenina if she wants to get off the train.

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(The entire section is 549 words.)