Tolstoy introduces Kitty, the eighteen-year-old girl, who was spending her first winter "out in the world" and who already has two serious suitors, Levin and Count Vronsky. Kitty's parents, having gone through the anxieties of getting their two elder daughters married off, have renewed arguments over their third. The old Princess Shtcherbatsky reflects how much easier it was in the older days when young girls did not demand their own freedom of choice in marriage. Nowadays it is hard for parents to know when to use their influence to protect their daughters against a rash or unsuccessful choice. The old prince prefers Levin for his plainness and honesty, while his wife prefers Vronsky for his dash and brilliance. She wonders why the young officer, openly flirting with Kitty at balls and calling on her at home, has not yet made an offer. Kitty considers her feelings toward each of her suitors. While she feels "perfectly simple and clear"
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