laborer in
relation to the land,’ said Katavassov; `I’m not a specialist, but I, as a student of natural
science, was pleased at his not t
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aking mankind as something outside biological laws;
but, on the contrary, perceiving his dependence on his surroundings, and in that
dependence seeking the laws of his development.’
`That’s very interesting,’ said Metrov.
`To tell the truth, I began to write a book on agriculture; but, studying the chief
instrument of agriculture, the laborer,’ said Levin, reddening, `I could not help coming
to quite unexpected results.’
And Levin began carefully, as though feeling his ground, to expound his views. He
knew Metrov had written an article against the generally accepted theory of political
economy, but to what extent he could reckon on his sympathy with his own new
views he did not know and could not guess from the clever and serene face of the
savant.
`But in what do you see the special characteristics of the Russian laborer?’ said
Metrov; `in his biological characteristics, so to speak, or in the condition in which he
is placed?’
Levin saw that there was an idea underlying this question with which he did not
agree. But he went on explaining his own idea that the Russian laborer has a quite
special view of the land, different from that of other people; and to support this
proposition he made haste to add that in his opinion this attitude of the Russian
peasant was due to the consciousness of his vocation to settle vast unoccupied
expanses in the East.
`One may easily be led into error in basing any conclusion on the general vocation of
a people,’ said Metrov, interrupting Levin. `The condition of the laborer will always
depend on his relation to the land and to capital.’
And without letting Levin finish explaining his idea, Metrov began expounding to
him the special point of his own theory.
In what the point of his theory lay, Levin did not understand, because he did not take
the trouble to understand. He saw that Metrov, like other people, in spite of his own
article, in which he had attacked the current theory of political economy, looked at the
position of the Russian peas

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ant simply from the point of view of capital, wages, and
rent. He would indeed have been obliged to admit that in the eastern – much the larger -
part of Russia rent was as yet nil, that for nine-tenths of the eighty millions of the
Russian peasants wages took the form simply of food provided for themselves, and
that capital does not so far exist except in the form of the most primitive tools. Yet it
was only from that point of view that he considered every laborer, though in many
points he differed from the economists and had his own theory of the wage fund,
which he expounded to Levin.
Levin listened reluctantly, and at first made objections. He would have liked to
interrupt Metrov, to explain his own thought, which in his opinion would have
rendered further exposition of Metrov’s theories superfluous. But later on, feeling
convinced that they looked at the matter so differently, that they could never
understand one another, he did not even oppose his statements, but simply listened.
Although what Metrov was saying was by now utterly devoid of interest for him, he
yet experienced a certain satisfaction in listening to him. It flattered his vanity that
such a learned man should explain his ideas to him so eagerly, with such intensity and
confidence in Levin’s understanding of the subject, sometimes with a mere hint
referring him to a whole aspect of the subject. He put this down to his own credit,

ver the
success of his candidate. The election itself had so fascinated him that, if he could
succeed in getting married during the next three years, he began to think of running
for office himself – much as, after winn

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ing a race ridden by a jockey, he had longed to
ride a race himself.
Today he was celebrating the success of his jockey. Vronsky sat at the head of the
table, on his right hand sat the young governor, a general of high rank. To all the rest
he was the master of the province, who had solemnly opened the elections with his
speech, and aroused a feeling of respect and even of awe in many people, as Vronsky
saw; to Vronsky he was Katka Maslov – that had been his nickname in the Pages’
Corps – whom he felt to be shy and tried to put at ease. On the left hand sat
Neviedovsky with his youthful, stubborn, and venomous countenance. With him
Vronsky was simple and deferential.
Sviiazhsky took his failure very lightheartedly. It was indeed no failure in his eyes, as
he said himself, turning, glass in hand, to Neviedovsky: they could not have found a
better representative of the new movement, which the nobility ought to follow. And so
every honest person, as he said, was on the side of today’s success and was celebrating
over it.
Stepan Arkadyevich was glad, too, because he was having a good time, and because
everyone was pleased. The episodes of the elections served as a good occasion for a
capital dinner. Sviiazhsky comically imitated the tearful discourse of marshal, and
observed, addressing Neviedovsky, that His Excellency would have to select another,
more complicated method of auditing accounts than tears. Another nobleman jocosely
described how footmen in stockings had been imported for the marshal’s ball, and how
now they would have to be sent back unless the new marshal would give a ball with
footmen in stockings.
Continually during dinner they said of Neviedovsky: `Our Marshal’ and `Your
Excellency.’
This was said with the same pleasure with which a young wife is called `Madame’
and by her husband’s name. Neviedovsky affected to be not merely indifferent but
scornful of this appellation, but it was obvious that he was highly delighted, and had
to keep a curb on himself not to betray the triumph which was unsuitable to their new,
liberal party.
In the course of dinner several telegrams were sent to people interested in the result
of the election. And Stepan Arkadyevich, who was in high spirits, sent Darya
Alexandrovna a telegram: `Neviedovsky elected by twenty votes. Congratulations.
Tell people.’ He dictated it aloud, saying: `We must let them share our rejoicing.’
Darya Alexandrovna, getting the message, simply sighed over the rouble wasted on it,
and understood that it was an afterdinner affair. She knew Stiva had a weakness after
dining for faire jouer le télégraphe.
Everything, together with the excellent dinner and the wine, not from Russian
merchants, but imported direct from abroad, was extremely dignified, simple, and
enjoyable. The party – some twenty – had been selected by Sviiazhsky from among the
more active new liberals, all of the same way of thinking, who were at the same time
clever and well-bred. They d
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rank, also half in jest, to the health of the new marshal of
the province, of the governor, of the bank director, and of `our amiable host.’
Vronsky was satisfied. He had never expected to find so pleasant a tone in the
provinces.
Toward the end of dinner it was still more lively. The governor asked Vronsky to
come to a concert for the benefit of the brethren which his wife, who was anxious to
make his acquaintance, had been getting up:
`There’ll be a ball, and you’ll see the belle of the province. Worth seeing, really.’
`Not in my line,’ Vronsky answered. He liked that English phrase. But he smiled, and
promised to come.
Before they rose from the table, when all of them were smoking, Vronsky’s valet
went up to him with a letter on a tray.
`From Vozdvizhenskoe by special messenger,’ he said with a significant expression.
`Astonishing! How like he is to the deputy prosecutor Sventitsky,’ said one of the

guests in French of the valet, wh
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ile Vronsky, frowning, read the letter.
The letter was from Anna. Before he read the letter, he knew its contents. Expecting
the elections to be over in five days, he had promised to be back on Friday. Today was
Saturday, and he knew that the letter contained reproaches for not being back at the
time fixed. The letter he had sent the previous evening had probably not reached her
yet.
The letter was what he had expected, but the form of it was unexpected, and
particularly disagreeable to him. `Annie is very ill, the doctor says it may be
inflammation of the lungs. I am losing my head all alone. Princess Varvara is no help,
but a hindrance. I expected you the day before yesterday, and yesterday, and now I am
sending to find out where you are and what you are doing. I wanted to come myself,
but thought better of it, knowing you would dislike it. Send some answer, that I may
know what to do.’
The child ill, yet she had thought of coming herself. Their daughter ill – and this
hostile tone.
The innocent festivities over the election, and this gloomy, burdensome love to which
he had to return, struck Vronsky by their contrast. But he had to go, and by the first
train that night he set off home.
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Chapter 32
Before Vronsky’s departure for the elections, Anna had reflected that the scenes
constantly repeated between them each time he left home might only make him cold
to her instead of attaching him to her, and resolved to do all she could to control
herself so as to bear the parting with composure. But the cold, severe glance with
which he had looked at her when he came to tell her he was going had wounded her,
and before he had started he
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him, and she felt that now sh

r peace of mind was destroyed.
In solitude, later, thinking over that glance which had expressed his right to freedom,
she came, as she always did, to the same point – the sense of her own humiliation. `He
has the right to go away when and where he chooses. Not simply to go away, but to
leave me. He has every right, and I have none. But knowing that, he ought not to do it.
What has he done, though?… He looked at me with a cold, severe expression. Of
course that is something indefinable, impalpable, but it has never been so before, and
that glance means a great deal,’ she thought. `That glance shows the beginning of
coolness.’
And though she felt sure that a coolness was beginning, there was nothing she could
do; she could not in any way alter her relations to him. Just as before, only by love
and by charm could she keep him. And so, just as before, only by occupation in the
day, by morphine at night, could she stifle the fearful thought of what would come if
he ceased to love her. It is true there was still one means; not to keep him – for that she
wanted nothing more than his love – but to be nearer to him, to be in such a position
that he would not leave her. That means was divorce and marriage. And she began to
long for that, and made up her mind to agree to it the first time he or Stiva approached

her on the subject.
Absorbed in such thoughts, she passed five days without him, the five days that he
was to be absent.
Walks, conversation with Princess Varvara, visits to the hospital, and, most of all,
reading – reading of one book after another – filled up her time. But on the sixth day,
when the coachman came back without
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e was utterly

incapable of stifling the thought of him and of what he was doing there – just at that
time her little girl was taken ill. Anna began to look after her, but even that did not
distract her mind, especially as the illness was not serious. However hard she tried,
she could not love this little child, and to feign love was beyond her powers. Toward
the evening of that day, still alone, Anna was in such a panic about him that she
decided to start for the town, but on second thought wrote him the contradictory letter
that Vronsky received, and, without reading it through, sent it off by a special
messenger. The next morning she received his letter and regretted her own. She
dreaded a repetition of the severe look he had flung at her at parting, especially when
he would learn that the baby was not dangerously ill. But still, she was glad she had
written to him. By now Anna was admitting to herself that she was a burden to him,
that he would relinquish his freedom regretfully to return to her, and in spite of that
she was glad he was coming. Let him weary of her, but he would be here with her, so
that she would see him, would know of every action he took.
She was sitting in the drawing room near a lamp, with a new volume of Taine, and, as
she read, listening to the sound of the wind outside, and every minute expecting the
carriage to arrive. Several times she had fancied she heard the sound of wheels, but
she had been mistaken. At last she heard not the sound of wheels, but the coachman’s
shout and the dull rumble in the covered entry. Even Princess Varvara, playing
solitaire, confirmed this, and Anna, flushing hotly, got up; but, instead of going down,
as she had done twice before, she stood still. She suddenly felt ashamed of her
duplicity, but even more she dreaded how he might meet her. All feeling of wounded
pride had passed now; she was only afraid of the expression of his displeasure. She
remembered that her child had been perfectly well again for the last day. She felt
positively vexed with her for getting better from the very moment her letter was sent
off. Then she thought of him, that he was here – all of him, with his hands, his eyes.
She heard his voice. And forgetting everything, she ran joyfully to meet him.
`Well, how is Annie?’ he said apprehensively from below, looking up to Anna as she
ran down to him.
He was sitting on a chair, and a footman was pulling off his warm overboots.
`Oh, she is better.’
`And you?’ he said, shaking himself.
She took his hand in both of hers, and drew it to her waist, never taking her eyes off
him.
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`Well, I’m glad,’ he said, coldly scanning her, her hair, her dress, which he knew she
had put on for him. All was charming, but how many times it had charmed him! And
the stern, stony expression that she so dreaded settled upon his face.
`Well, I’m glad. And are you well?’ he said, wiping his damp beard with his
handkerchief and kissing her hand.
`Never mind,’ she thought, `only let him be here, and so long as he’s here he cannot,
he dare not, cease to love me.’
The evening was spent happily and gaily in the presence of Princess Varvara, who
complained to him that Anna had been taking morphine in his absence.
`What am I to do? I couldn’t sleep…. My thoughts prevented me. When he’s here I
never take it – hardly ever.’
He told her about the election, and Anna knew how by adroit questions to bring him
to what gave him most pleasure – his own success. She told him of everything that
interested him at home; and all that she told him was of the most cheerful des

cription.
But late in the evening, when they were alone, Anna, seeing that she had regained
complete possession of him, wante
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d to erase the painful impression of the glance he
had given her for her letter. She said:
`Tell me frankly, you were vexed at getting my letter, and you didn’t believe me?’
As soon as she had said it, she felt that however warm his feelings were to her, he had
not forgiven her for that.
`Yes,’ he said, `the letter was so strange. First, Annie ill, and then you thought of
coming yourself.’
`It was all the truth.’
`Oh, I don’t doubt it.’
`Yes, you do doubt it. You are vexed, I see.’
`Not for one moment. I’m only vexed, that’s true, that you seem somehow unwilling
to admit that there are duties…’
`The duty of going to a concert….’
`But we won’t talk about it,’ he said.
`Why not talk about it?’ she said.
`I only meant to say that matters of real importance may turn up. Now, for instance, I
shall have to go to Moscow to arrange about the house…. Oh, Anna, why are you so
irritable? Don’t you know that I can’t live without you?’
`If so,’ said Anna, her voice suddenly changing, `it means that you are sick of this
life…. Yes, you will come for a day and go away, as men do….’
`Anna, that’s cruel. I am ready to give up my whole life.’
But she did not hear him.
`If you go to Moscow, I will go too. I will not stay here. Either we must separate or
else live together.’
`Why, you know, that’s my one desire. But to do that…’
`We must get a divorce. I will write to him. I see I cannot go on like this…. But I will
come with you to Moscow.’
`You talk as if you were threatening me. But I desire nothing so much as never to be
parted from you,’ said Vronsky, smiling.
But as he said these words there gleamed in his eyes not merely a cold look, but the
vindictive look of a man persecuted and made cruel.
She saw the look and correctly divined its meaning.
`And, if things have come to such a pass, it’s a calamity!’ that glance told her. It was a
moment’s impression, but she never forgot it.
Anna wrote to her husband asking him about a divorce, and toward the end of
November, taking leave of Princess Varvara,
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who wanted to go to Peterburg, she went
with Vronsky to Moscow. Expecting every day an answer from Alexei
Alexandrovich, and after that the divorce, they now established themselves together,
like married people.
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PART SEVEN
Chapter 1
The Levins had been two months in Moscow. The date had long passed on which,
according to the most trustworthy calculations of people learned in such matters, Kitty
should have been confined. But she was still about, and there was nothing to show
that her time was any nearer than two months ago. The doctor, the midwife, and Dolly
and her mother, and most of all Levin, who could not think of the approaching event
without terror, began to be impatient and uneasy. Kitty was the only person who felt
perfectly calm and happy.

She was distinctly conscious now of the birth of a new feeling of love for the future
child, for her to some extent actuall
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y existing already, and she brooded blissfully over
this feeling. He was not by now altogether a part of herself, but sometimes lived his
own life independently of her. Often this separate being gave her pain, but at the same
time she wanted to laugh with a strange new joy.
All the people she loved were with her, and all were so good to her, so attentively
looking out for her, so entirely pleasant was everything presented to her, that if she
had not known and felt that it must all soon be over, she could not have wished for a
better and pleasanter life. The only thing that spoiled the charm of this mode of life
was that here her husband was not as she loved him to be, and as he was in the
country.
She liked his serene, friendly, and hospitable manner in the country. In the town he
seemed continually uneasy and on his guard, as though he were afraid someone would
be rude to him, and, still more, to her. At home in the country, definitely knowing
himself to be in his right place, he was never in haste to be off elsewhere, was
occupied all the time. Here in town he was in a continual hurry, as though afraid of
missing something, and yet he had nothing to do. And she felt pity for him. To others,
she knew, he did not appear an object of pity; on the contrary, when Kitty looked at
him in society, as one sometimes looks at those one loves, trying to see him as if he
were a stranger, so as to catch the impression he must make on others, she saw with a
panic even of jealous fear that he was far indeed from being a pitiable figure, that he
was very attractive with his honesty, his rather old-fashioned, reserved courtesy to
women, his powerful figure, and striking, as she thought, and expressive face. But she
saw him not from without, but from within; she saw that here he was not himself; that
was the only way she could define his condition to herself. Sometimes she inwardly
reproached him for his inability to live in the town; sometimes she recognized that it
was really hard for him to order his life here so that he could be satisfied with it.
What had he to do, indeed? He did not car
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e for cards; he did not go to a club.
Spending the time with jovial gentlemen of Oblonsky’s type – she knew now what that
meant… it meant drinking, and going somewhere after drinking. She could not think
without horror of where men went on such occasions. Was he to go into society? But
she knew he could only find satisfaction in that if he took pleasure in the society of
young women, and that she could not wish for. Should he stay at home with her, her
mother, and her sisters? But much as she liked and enjoyed their conversations forever
on the same subjects – `Alines-Nadines,’ as the old Prince called the sisters’ talks – she
knew it must bore him. What was there left for him to do? To go on writing his book?
He had indeed attempted to do it; and at first he used to go to the library and make
extracts and look up references for his book, but, as he told her, the more he did
nothing, the less time he had to do anything. And besides, he complained that he had
talked too much about his book here, and that consequently all his ideas about it were
muddled and had lost their interest for him.
One advantage in this town life was that quarrels hardly ever happened between them
here in town. Whether it was that their conditions, in town, were different, or that they
had both become more careful and sensible in that respect, they had no quarrels in
Moscow from jealousy, which they had so dreaded when they moved from the

country.
One event, an event of great importance to both from that point of view, did indeed
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with Vronsky.
The old Princess Marya Borissovna, Kitty’s godmother, who had always been very
fond of her, had insisted on seeing her. Kitty, though she did not go into society at all
on account of her condition, went with her father to see the venerable old lady, and
there met Vronsky.
The only thing Kitty could reproach herself for at this meeting was that at the instant
when she recognized in his civilian dress the features once so familiar to her, her
breath failed her, the blood rushed to her heart, and a vivid blush – she felt it -
overspread her face. But this lasted only a few seconds. Before her father, who
purposely began talking in a loud voice to Vronsky, had finished, she was perfectly
ready to look at Vronsky, to speak to him, if necessary, exactly as she spoke to
Princess Marya Borissovna, and, more than that, to do so in such a way that
everything, to the faintest intonation and smile would have been approved by her
husband, whose unseen presence she seemed to feel about her at that instant.
She said a few words to him, even smiled serenely at his joke about the elections,
which he called `our parliament.’ (She had to smile to show she saw the joke.) But she
turned away immediately to Princess Marya Borissovna, and did not once glance at
him till he got up to go; then she looked at him, but evidently only because it would
be uncivil not to look at a man when he is saying good-by.
She was grateful to her father for saying nothing to her about their meeting Vronsky,
but she saw by his special warmth to her after the visit, during their usual walk, that he
was pleased with her. She was pleased with herself. She had not expected she would
have had the power, while keeping somewhere in the bottom of her heart all the
memories of her old feeling for Vronsky, not only to seem, but to be, perfectly
indifferent and composed with him.
Levin flushed a great deal more than she when she told him she had met Vronsky at
Princess Marya Borissovna’s. It was very hard for her to tell him this, but still harder
to go on speaking of the details of the meeting, as he did not question her, but simply
gazed at her with a frown.
`I am very sorry you weren’t there,’ she said. `It wasn’t so much the fact that you
weren’t in the room… I couldn’t have been so natural in your presence… I am blushing
now much more – much, much more,’ she said, blushing till the tears came into her
eyes. `But it’s a pity you couldn’t have looked through a peephole.’
The truthful eyes told Levin that she was satisfied with herself, and, in spite of her
blushing he was quickly reassured and began questioning her, which was all she
wanted. When he had heard everything, even to the detail that for the first second she
could not help flushing, but that afterward she was just as direct and as much at her
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quite happy again and said he was
glad of it, and would not now behave as stupidly as he had done at the election, but
would try the first time he met Vronsky to be as friendly as possible.
`It’s so wretched to feel that there’s any man who is almost your enemy, and whom
it’s painful to meet,’ said Levin. `I’m very, very glad.’
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Chapter 2
`Do go then, please, and call on the Bols,’ Kitty said to her husband, when he came in
to see her at eleven o’clock before going out. `I know you are dining at the club; papa
put down your name. But what are you going to do in the morning?’
`I am only going to Katavassov,’ answered Levin.
`Why so early?’
`He promised to introduce me to Metrov. I wanted to talk to him about my work. He’s
a distinguished savant from Peterburg,’ said Levin.
`Yes; wasn’t it his article you were praising so? Well, and after that?’ said Kitty.

`I shall go to the court, perhaps, about my sister’s business.’
`And the concert?’ she queried.
`I shan’t go there all alone.’
`No? Do go; there are goi
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ng to be some new things…. That used to interest you so. I
should certainly go.’
`Well, anyway, I shall come home before dinner,’ he said, looking at his watch.
`Put on your frock coat, so that you can go straight to call on Countess Bol.’
`But is it absolutely necessary?’
`Oh, absolutely! He has been to see us. Come, what is it? You go in, sit down, talk for
five minutes of the weather, get up, and go away.’
`Oh, you wouldn’t believe it! I’ve got so out of the way of all this that it makes me
feel positively ashamed. It’s such a horrible thing to do! A complete outsider walks in,
sits down, stays on with nothing to do, wastes their time and upsets himself, and then
goes away!’
Kitty laughed.
`Why, I suppose you used to pay calls before you were married, didn’t you?’
`Yes, I did, but I always felt ashamed, and now I’m so unaccustomed to it that, by
God, I’d sooner go two days running without my dinner than pay this call! One’s so
ashamed! I feel all the while that they’re annoyed, that they’re saying: What has he
come for?’
`No, they won’t. I’ll answer for that,’ said Kitty, looking into his face with a laugh.
She took his hand. `Well, good-by…. Do go, please.’
He was just going out after kissing his wife’s hand, when she stopped him.
`Kostia, do you know I’ve only fifty roubles left?’
`Oh, all right, I’ll go to the bank and get some. How much?’ he said, with the
expression of dissatisfaction she knew so well.
`No, wait a minute.’ She held his hand. `Let’s talk about it, it worries me. I seem to
spend nothing unnecessarily, but money seems simply to fly away. We don’t manage
well, somehow.’
`Not at all,’ he said with a little cough, looking at her from under his brows.
That cough she knew well. It was a sign of in
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tense dissatisfaction, not with her, but
with himself. He certainly was displeased, not at so much money being spent, but at
being reminded of what he, knowing something was unsatisfactory, wanted to forget.
`I have told Sokolov to sell the wheat, and to borrow an advance on the mill. We shall
have money enough in any case.’
`Yes, but I’m afraid that altogether it’s too much….’
`Not at all, not at all,’ he repeated. `Well, good-by, darling.’
`No, I’m really sorry sometimes that I listened to mamma. How nice it would have
been in the country! As it is, I’m worrying you all, and we’re wasting our money.’
`Not at all, not at all. Not once since I’ve been married have I said that things could
have been better than they are….’
`Truly?’ she said, looking into his eyes.
He had said it without thinking, simply to console her. But when he glanced at her
and saw those sweet truthful eyes fastened questioningly on him, he repeated it with
his whole heart. `I was positively forgetting her,’ he thought. And he remembered
what was before them, so soon to come.
`Will it be soon? How do you feel?’ he whispered, taking her two hands.

`I have so often thought so, that now I don’t think about it, or know anything about it.’
`And you’re not frightened?’
She smiled contemptuously.
`Not the least little bit,’ she said.
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atavassov’s.’
`No, nothing will happen, and don’t think about it. I’m going for a walk on the
boulevard with papa. We’re going to see Dolly. I shall expect you before dinner. Oh,
yes! Do you know that Dolly’s position is becoming utterly impossible? She’s in debt
all round; she hasn’t a penny. We were talking yesterday with mamma and Arsenii’
(this was her sister’s husband, Lvov), `and we determined to send you with him to talk
to Stiva. It’s really unbearable. One can’t speak to papa about it…. But if you and he…’
`Why, what can we do?’ said Levin.
`You’ll be at Arsenii’s, anyway; talk to him – he will tell you what we decided.’
`Oh, I agree to everything Arsenii thinks beforehand. I’ll go and see him. By the way,
if I do go to the concert, I’ll go with Natalie. Well, good-by.’
On the steps Levin was stopped by his old servant Kouzma, who had been with him
before his marriage, and now looked after their household in town.
`Little Adonis’ (that was the left shaft horse brought up from the country) `has been
shod anew, but she is still lame,’ he said. `What does Your Honor wish to be done?’
During the first part of their stay in Moscow, Levin had used his own horses brought
up from the country. He had tried to arrange this part of their expenses in the best and
cheapest way possible; but it appeared that their own horses came dearer than hired
horses, and they still hired additional horses.
`Send for the veterinary – there may be a bruise.’
`And for Katerina Alexandrovna?’ asked Kouzma.
Levin was not by now struck as he had been at first by the fact that to get in Moscow
from the Vozdvizhenka to the Ssivtzev-Vrazhek he had to have two powerful horses
put into a heavy carriage, to take the carriage a quarter of a versta through the snowy
mush and to keep it standing there four hours, paying five roubles every time.
Now it seemed quite natural.
`Hire a pair for our carriage from the livery stable,’ said he.
`Yes, sir.’
And so, simply and easily, thanks to the facilities of town life, Levin settled a
question which, in the country, wou
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exertion, and, going out on the steps, he called a sleigh, sat down, and drove to the
Nikitskaia. On the way he thought no more of money, but mused on the introduction
that awaited him to the Peterburg savant, a writer on sociology, and what he would
say to him about his book.
Only during the first days of his stay in Moscow Levin had been struck by the
expenditure, strange to one living in the country, unproductive but inevitable, that was
expected of him on every side. But by now he had grown used to it. That had
happened to him in this matter which is said to happen to drunkards – the first glass
sticks in the throat, the second flies down like a hawk, but after the third they’re like
tiny little birds. When Levin had changed his first hundred-rouble note to pay for
liveries for his footman and hall porter he could not help reflecting that these liveries
were of no use to anyone – but they were indubitably necessary, to judge by the
amazement of the Princess and Kitty when he suggested that they might do without
liveries – that these liveries would cost the wages of two laborers for the summer – that
is, would pay for about three hundred working days from Easter to the fast of Advent,
and each a day of hard work from early morning to late evening – and that hundredrouble

note did stick in his throat. But the next note, changed to pay for providing a
dinner for their relations, that cost t
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wenty-eight roubles, though it did excite in Levin
the reflection that twenty-eight roubles meant nine chetverts of oats, which men would
with groans and sweat have reaped and bound and threshed and winnowed and sifted
and sown – this next one he parted with more easily. And now the notes he changed no
longer aroused such reflections, and they flew off like little birds. Whether the labor
devoted to obtaining the money corresponded to the pleasure given by what was
bought with it, was a consideration he had long ago dismissed. His business
calculation that there was a certain price below which he could not sell certain grain
was forgotten too. The rye, for the price of which he had so long held out, had been
sold for fifty kopecks a chetvert cheaper than it had been fetching a month ago. Even
the consideration that with such an expenditure he could not go on living for a year
without debt, even that had no force. Only one thing was essential: to have money in
the bank, without inquiring where it came from, so as to know that one had the
wherewithal to buy meat for tomorrow. And this condition had hitherto been fulfilled;
he had always had the money in the bank. But now the money in the bank had gone,
and he could not quite tell where to get the next installment. And this it was which, at
the moment when Kitty had mentioned money, had disturbed him; but he had no time
to think about it. He drove off, thinking of Katavassov and the meeting with Metrov
which was before him.
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Chapter 3
Levin had on this visit to town seen a great deal of his old friend at the university,
Professor Katavassov, whom he had not seen since his marriage. He liked in
Katavassov the clearness and simplicity of his conception of life. Levin thought that
the clearness of Katavassov’s conception of life was due to the poverty of his nature;
Katavassov thought that the disconnectedness of Levin’s ideas was due to his lack of
intellectual discipline; but Levin enjoyed Katavassov’s clearness, and Katavassov
enjoyed the abundance of Levin’s untrained ideas, and they liked to meet and to
dispute.
Levin had read to Katavassov some parts of his book, and he had liked them. On the
previous day Katavassov had met Levin at a public lecture and told him that the
celebrated Metrov, whose article Levin had so m

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had been much interested by what Katavassov had told him about Levin’s work, and
that he was coming to see him tomorrow at eleven, and would be very glad to make
Levin’s acquaintance.
`You’re positively a reformed character, my dear, I’m glad to see,’ said Katavassov,
meeting Levin in the little drawing room. `I heard the bell and thought: Impossible! It
can’t be he at the exact time!… Well, what do you say to the Montenegrins now?
They’re a race of warriors.’
`Why, what’s happened?’ asked Levin.
Katavassov in a few words told him the last piece of news from the war, and, going
into his study, introduced Levin to a short, thickset man of pleasant appearance. This
was Metrov. The conversation touched for a brief space on politics and on how recent
events were looked at in the higher spheres in Peterburg. Metrov repeated a saying
that had reached him through a most trustworthy source, reported as having been
uttered on this subject by the Czar and one of the ministers. Katavassov had heard also
on excellent authority that the Czar had said something quite different. Levin tried to
imagine circumstances in which both sayings might have been uttered, and the
conversation on that topic dropped.
`Yes, here he’s practically written a book on the natural conditions of the