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Katerina Lvovna lived a boring life in the rich house of her father-in-law during the five years of marriage to her unaffectionate husband; but, as often happens, no one paid the slightest attention to this boredom of hers.

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Katerina—like the original Lady Macbeth—is childless, bored, and ambitious. This quote locates her boredom as the root of her problem. One theme of the novel is the plight of women like Katerina in a society that gives them nothing to do and no outlet for their desires.

Sergei embraced the young mistress and pressed her firm breasts to his red shirt. Katerina Lvovna was just trying to move her shoulders, but Sergei lifted her off the floor, held her in his arms, squeezed her, and gently sat her down on the overturned measuring tub.

The two have wrestled and although she is strong, we see Sergei overpower Katerina in what is clearly an erotic prelude to the love affair that will soon begin.

Katerina Lvovna was now ready, for the sake of Sergei, to go through fire, through water, to prison, to the cross. He made her fall so in love with him that her devotion to him knew no measure. She was out of her mind with happiness; her blood boiled, and she could no longer listen to anything.

This is a description of Katerina's passion, but Sergei is more interested in her money than in Katerina herself.

Katerina Lvovna started out quite briskly, but she had only just taken her place in line when she turned green and began to shake. Everything became dark in her eyes; all her joints ached and went limp. Before...

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