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Ch. 8•Anna and Vronsky travel together in Italy. Vronsky is bored and has nothing to do, so he tries to find some work.•If you are living right then you have dramatically more work than you know what to do with.•Clutches at painting and decides to pursue that.•Counterfeit art: looks like the real thing but is entirely fake. That’s what Vronsky’s art is. Real art, like real thought, is not copied. It’s not imitated. Fake thought works by “Okay, what’s in fashion now? So I’ll believe this set of ideas.”Ch. 10•They go to visit Mikhailov, another artist.•Vronsky and Golenishchev talk about his technique, and Mikhailov groans because they are trying to put a name to something he has spent his whole life trying to achieve, and training himself to achieve. It’s not a painting technique, it’s a thinking technique. He trained himself to see, and to observe the fine details about people.•Art works with subtle realization. Mikhailov is a real artist because he is always observing.•Art is unique because if you look at it finely enough you’ll see the differences. Just like people. You capture the fineness of the experience of looking at this object, or this person, or this feeling, and then you render it in such a way that another person looking at the painting or reading the story is infected by the feeling you had when seeing it. That’s what makes it art, and genuine thinking comes from experience as well, actually looking and thinking so you can graft other experiences and make them your own and learn from them, like Levin does from the landowner. Mikhailov is trying to be a genuine painter like Levin is trying to be a genuine thinker.Part 6Ch. 19•Dolly visits Anna in the countryside. Tolstoy uses this, both as a way of showing what’s going on with Anna, but also the culminating moment of the Dolly plot, how she comes to terms with her life and who she is. Look at the thoughts Dolly has on the way to Anna’s and he gives as much detail on this as he does Karenin’s Christian love.•Dolly’s question to herself: should she have done what Anna did, thrown it all away and loved the real way? Would her life be better that? For Dolly, Anna embodies that way of life.•For Anna it is: can she justify to herself the way she is living to someone she knows is honest and cares about her. She is clearly having trouble because she isn’t sleeping and has a habit of dropping her eyes when something important is mentioned, and she is living on opium to help her sleep.•Dolly has a constant feeling of being slightly disturbed•At Anna’s, even the servants are dressed better than she is, and when they have to change for dinner she doesn’t know what to do•Anna has been waiting for Dolly but when she’s there, Anna finds it hard to talk•Anna keeps dropping her eyes, as if not to see things, and spends her time apparently looking beautiful
•Managing of the house is clearly being done by Vronsky and when she asks about Anna’s