Part 8, Chapter 10 Summary
When Levin thinks too much or too often about what he is and what he is living for, he has no answers and sinks further into despair; finally he stops asking the questions. After returning to the country in June, Levin resumes his usual activities. He manages his estate; he interacts with the peasants and his neighbors; he takes care of his household; he acts as steward for his sister’s and brother’s property; he loves his wife, son, and relatives; and he works on his newest hobby, bee-keeping.
Levin is disappointed by the failure of his former efforts to enhance the general welfare. Now he spends his time on things which seem to him to be the only things he can do, and he works only for himself and for the benefit of his own family. Though he feels no delight in it, he has an absolute conviction of its necessity. He cuts more deeply into the soil, like a plough, so he will not be swayed from his course.
For Levin, it is incontestably necessary to live the same family life, the same “condition of culture,” as his father and forefathers. And just as it is necessary to cook dinner to satisfy hunger, then, it is necessary for him to keep the “mechanism of agriculture” at Pokrovskoe going in order to yield an income. He must keep the property in such a condition that one day his son will thank him for it, just as he thanked his grandfather for all he had built and planted. To accomplish this goal, Levin must attend to the work of planting and breeding and harvesting.
It is impossible for Levin to stop looking after his brother’s and sister’s business, to advise the peasants who sought him out, to see to the comfort of his sister-in-law and her children and his wife and child, and it is impossible for him not to spend at least a short time with them each...
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