Anna Karenina Part 8, Chapter 13 Summary

Leo Tolstoy

Part 8, Chapter 13 Summary

Levin thinks about a scene he recently witnessed between Dolly and her children. The children were cooking berries in teacups over candles and squirting milk into each other’s mouths with a syringe. Dolly scolded them with a typical lecture about wastefulness, ending with the fact that, if they continued such behavior, they would have nothing to eat or eat with one day.

Levin had been struck by the children’s “weary incredulity” as they listened to their mother; they simply wanted to continue their amusing play and were annoyed that their mother had interrupted them. The children did not believe what Dolly was telling them; in fact, they could not believe it, for they could not understand the enormity...

(The entire section is 542 words.)