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Anna Karenina - Chapter SummariesPart 1Chapter 1-17:oStiva Oblonsky has been unfaithful to his wife, Dolly, with their children’s former governessoStiva is distraught by not overly remorseful, dolly is devastated and refuses to leave her roomoThe servants advise stiva to apologize repeatedly, predicting that Dolly will calm downoStiva visits Dolly begging her to remember their nine years of marriage, she is inconsolable letting her husband know that he is disgusting and a total stranger to her. oStiva goes to his office, he has a job that is respectable and comfortable, thanks to his charm and good connection. oHe receives a visit from an old friend, Konstantin Levin, who lives in the country. oStiva introduces Levin to his business partners saying that levin is active in the zemstvo, his village administrative board. oLevin reveals that he has quit his position on the board and tells stiva he has an important matter to discuss. They arrange to meet for dinneroStiva guesses the matter has something to do with his sister-in-law Kitty Shcherbatskaya, with whom he knows levin is in loveoWhile in moscow, Levin stays with his half brother, Koznyshev, whose philosophical mindset sometimes perplexes levin oBrother discuss Levin’s plan to visit their estranged and sickly third brother, Nikolai, whois back in Moscow with a girlfriend. Kosnyshev advises levin not to go, saying levin cannot help Nikolai, who wishes to be left aloneoLevin goes to the skating rink at Zoological Gardens, where he is sure he will find the charming KittyShe is at the rinkLevin and Kitty enjoy one another’s company together on the ice until Levin confesses that he feels more confident whenever Kitty, a less accomplished skater, leans on him for supportKitty’s mood darkens and she sends Levin awayLevin gets upset and goes off glumly to his dinner with StivaoOver the meal, Levin confesses to Stiva his passionate love for Kitty. oStiva encourages Levin to be hopeful but warns him of a rival for her affections, an officenamed Alexei Vronsky oStiva then discusses his own problematic infatuation with his children’s governessoLevin gently chastises stiva for his behavior, but stiva laughingly calls levin a moralistoKitty’s mother, Princess shcherbatskya, weighs the relative merits of Vronsky and Levin as suitorsoShe is disconcerted by Levin’s awkwardness and generally favors VronskyoBut the princess is also aware that young russian noblewomen of the new generation prefer to choose their husbands for themselves rather than submit to their parents’ arrangements. oThat evening, Levin calls at Kitty’s home and finds her aloneoKitty is aware that she feels affection for him, but she loves Vronsky
oShe considers avoiding Levin entirely but then bravely meets him and declines his marriage proposaloPrincess Shcherbatskaya is relieved to see that no engagement has been declaredo

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