Anna Karenina Part 8, Chapter 5 Summary

Leo Tolstoy

Part 8, Chapter 5 Summary

Vronsky walks up and down the platform in his long overcoat, slouched over with his hands stuck in his pockets. He is pacing like a “wild beast in a cage” and pretends not to notice Sergey Ivanovitch when he approaches; that does not deter him in the least from speaking to Vronsky. In that moment he sees Vronsky as a noble man willing to fight for a cause, and he considers it his duty to show his appreciation and to encourage him. When he approaches Vronsky, the pacing man stands still long enough to recognize Sergey Ivanovitch and steps forward to greet him warmly.

Vronsky says there is no one he would “less dislike seeing” than Sergey Ivanovitch; it is the best he can say, since there is nothing now in life...

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