anna karenina Nov 16 - cannot run too much against the...

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November 16, 2006 - cannot run too much against the elemental force, b/c it is the sum total of all habits - Karenin declines morally with Lydia Ivanova - what happens when you depart too far from ordinary human activity - the right way to do it is to do it ordinarily, like Dolly - when Anna recovers, encounters Karenin who is still all love and forgiveness, and she finds that she hates him - “hates him for his virtues” - before, she couldn’t stand to be around him b/c he was so awful, so unfeeling, so spiteful - now, the exact opposite desire looking for a reason, not prompted by a reason - offense to her dignity - when someone whom you have wronged proves morally superior to you, it is an insult; can’t forgive him for forgiving her - its humiliating that his forgiveness is genuine Chp 22, Part IV Stiva goes to Karenin on behalf of Anna, feels awkwardness without knowing why is having an attack of consciousness b/c what he is doing is wrong, but he doesn’t recognize the feeling suggests that Karenin just get a divorce; not thinking of the consequences, thinks it an easy way out; not thinking of the children always thinking of the children, plural, including Annie, who is not his own o Anna cares for neither o open camouflage again not obvious what is right, but he consents – w/e Anna wants she can have at the time, adulterous partner not allowed to remarry o willing to plead to a fictitious crime of adultery so that she can remarry o taking a false oath is to lie to God; he is endangering his soul o willing to do all this out of his Christian love p. 496: offered the divorce, guilt, and custody; Anna refused it o Anna: there are two people she loves, and one necessarily excludes the other o she herself refused the divorce and the means by having both of them at once o her statement is palpably untrue o doesn’t want to be indebted to Karenin’s generosity a divorce would be best for both children, but she is not thinking of their welfare her motive is solely hers Anna and Vronsky imitating a romance (he runs in and smothers her with kisses) o “something terrible in it” – all the more glorious for it o also doesn’t fit the romantic script to have kids there Anna takes Annie, but neglects her
o why does she so love Seryozha, Karenin’s child, and not love Annie, Vronsky’s child?

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