Anna Karenina Part 8, Chapter 12 Summary

Leo Tolstoy

Part 8, Chapter 12 Summary

Levin walks about and is absorbed by his new spiritual condition, which is unlike anything he had ever before experienced. All the disjointed, impotent, separate thoughts that have incessantly occupied his mind are suddenly being transformed and combined into a unified whole, as if moved by an electric shock. There is something new and joyful in his soul, though he does not yet know what it is.

He thinks about living not for his own wants, attractions or desires, but for something incomprehensible, for God, whom no one can understand or define. Though he does not understand God, Levin knows he understands the thresher’s words. He does not doubt their truth; the words were not “stupid, obscure, inexact.” More than...

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