Unformatted text preview: Karenin finds himself alone and despised by all, as a sick dog left by the pack to fend for itself. At the deepest point in his misery, Countess Lydia Ivanovna enters his study unannounced and offers herself as his confidante and helper. Doing what she can to "lighten his burden of petty cares" the countess begins to run Karenin's household. Despite having considered her religiosity excessive and distasteful, Karenin is comforted by her prayers and exhortations. Lydia lvanovna begins her management by telling Seriozha that his father is a saint and his mother is dead. Then she attends to the practical household affairs, though proving herself inept. Karenin's valet, Korney, quietly corrects her impossible orders, and things run smoothly under his guidance. Lydia Ivanovna is given to excesses. She frequently falls in love, especially with people connected Lydia Ivanovna is given to excesses....
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- Fall '08
- Countess Lydia Ivanovna, Karenin, exhortations. Lydia lvanovna, practical household affairs, Seriozha wriggles, inept. Karenin