The ceremony is delayed and the guests become

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The ceremony is delayed, and the guests become impatient, but Levin finally arrives at the churchoKitty cannot understand the priest’s words as she hears them, for she is swept away by loveoLevin cries during the ceremonyoThe wedding concludes majestically, and Levin and Kitty leave for his country estateoVronsky and Anna travel in Italy for three months together and settle down and rent a palazzooVronsky, seeking distraction, is delighted to meet an old school friend, GolenishchevoGolenishchev and Anna get along welloVronsky listens as Golenishchev expounds on the book he is writing, and Anna tell him that Vronsky has taken up paintingoAnna has been very happy oFar from Russia, she feels no more disgraceoVronsky is less contented\, however: all his desires are satisfied, so he misses desire itselfoHe begins to paint a portrait of AnnaoHearing of a Russian painter name Mikhailov who lives in their town, Vronsky reflects on the new generation of Russian intellectuals who have talent but lack education
oAnna, intrigued, proposes visiting MikhailovoWhen Vronsky and Anna arrive at Mikhailov’s studio, the artist is flattered to receive attention from wealthy RussiansoHe shows them a painting in progress, a scene from the life of Jesus ChristoAnna and Vronsky praise Mikhailov’s rendering of Pontius Pilate, and Anna delights in the expression of pity on Jesus’ faceoThe visitors enjoy even more a landscape painting of Russian boys relaxing by a river oVronsky asks whether the latter painting is for sale and hires Mikhailov to paint Anna’s portraitoVronsky abandons his own portrait of Anna and becomes dissatisfied with their Italian life oLevin slowly adjusts to married lifeoHe imagines that kitty needs only to be loved, forgetting that she has desires and aspirations of her own oKitty throws herself into housekeeping with gusto in a way that initially annoys Levin but then please himoQuarrels occasionally eruptoOne day, Levin gets lost on the way home from the fields, and Kitty is jealous andsuspicious of where he has beenoHe is offended but the forgives heroLevin continues to work on his book about the Russian agricultural system, but his slow progress distresses himoHe chastises himself for being spoiled by married life, and silently approaches Kitty for her lack of interest in anything other than housekeepingoLevin receives a letter from Marya Nikolaevna, saying that she is back his her brother Nikolai, who is dying of consumptionoLevin says he must visit Nikolai, and Kitty insists on going with himoLevin doesn’t want her to go, resenting his lack of freedom and shuddering at the idea of Kitty meeting a former prostituteoLevin and Kitty fight, but finally he allows her to come alongChapters 17-33:oIn a dingy hotel in the provinces, Levin meets Nikolai, who is clearly at death’s door oKitty insists on seeing Nikolai too, and he greets her pleasantlyo

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