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Part 1, Chapters 1–5 The story, told through omniscient, third-person narration, begins in Moscow, with a crisis in the home of Stiva and his... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 6–10 Thirty-two-year-old Levin arrives in Moscow in Chapter 6 to propose marriage to Kitty, Stiva's sister-in-law. Levin has ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 11–15 During dinner in Chapter 11, Stiva tells Levin about Count Alexei Vronsky, a rich and handsome officer from Petersburg w... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 16–20 The narrator provides some background on Vronsky in Chapter 16. His mother has been "a brilliant society woman" who, in ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 21–25 In Chapter 21, Anna realizes that Dolly and Stiva have reconciled because of Dolly's mocking banter and Stiva's slightly... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 26–30 In Chapter 26, Levin returns home from Moscow, determined not to "hope any more for the extraordinary happiness that mar... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 31–34 In Chapter 31, Vronsky feels proud that he has made an impression on Anna. When he sees her interact with her husband at... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 1–5 In Chapter 1, Kitty is in poor health after Vronsky disappears, and the physicians who are called recommend a change in ... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 6–10 Chapter 6 describes Princess Betsy's salon, where she presides over a samovar (tea urn) on one side and the ambassador's... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 11–15 In Chapter 11, the narrator abruptly says that after almost a year of pursuit, Vronsky finally satisfies his desire. Ann... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 16–20 In Chapter 16, Levin is happy to hear that Kitty did not end up with Vronsky, although he tries to hide his pleasure fro... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 21–25 In Chapter 21, Vronsky goes to visit his beloved horse, Frou-Frou, and the trainer reminds him to stay calm and not do a... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 26–29 The reader learns in Chapter 26 that Anna has chosen to stay at Karenin's country house for the summer, because it is cl... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 30–35 Chapter 30 moves back in time to the spring of Kitty's heartbreak, when she goes to a German spa with her parents to imp... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 1–5 In Chapter 1, Levin's elder half-brother, Koznyshev, visits him in the country, and although Levin is happy to see him, ... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 6–10 In Chapter 6, Levin finishes mowing a large meadow with the peasants and arrives home long after dinner. He finds a lett... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 11–15 In Chapter 11 it is July, and Levin goes to his sister's village to check on the haying where he finds he has to negotia... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 16–20 Anna is furious upon receiving Karenin's bureaucratic response to their situation in Chapter 16. She mentally accuses hi... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 21–23 Vronsky's friend from the military academy, Serpukhovskoy, arrives in Chapter 21, and the regimental commander throws a ... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 24–32 Chapter 24 moves back to Levin, who is feeling disillusioned about farming, which seems to be a continual struggle betwe... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 1–5 By midwinter following the summer of the horse race, Anna, Karenin, and Vronsky have settled into an odd truce, as expla... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 6–10 In Chapter 6, Karenin travels to the provinces on business, and when he stops in Moscow to see the governor general, he ... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 11–15 Kitty and Levin begin conversing apart from the general conversation in Chapter 11, and he tells her how he saw her in h... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 16–20 In Chapter 16, Kitty tells Levin she always loved him, although she had been infatuated, and asks if he can really forgi... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 21–23 In Chapter 21 Betsy meets Stiva on her way out after visiting Anna, who tells him Karenin is killing Anna. She says "he ... Read More
Part 5, Chapters 1–6 In Chapter 1, Levin's and Kitty's families help them prepare for the wedding, and Levin, in a state of perpetual happine... Read More
Part 5, Chapters 7–10 The reader learns in Chapter 7 that Vronsky and Anna have been traveling in Italy for three months and have settled in a... Read More
Part 5, Chapters 11–15 In Chapter 11, Mikhailov feels excited to show the visitors his work, especially a new religious painting of Jesus befor... Read More
Part 5, Chapters 16–20 In Chapter 16, Levin's old housekeeper, Agafya Mikhailovna, is getting used to the new regime under Kitty. Levin gets a ... Read More
Part 5, Chapters 21–27 In Chapter 21, Karenin is a broken man. He cannot reconcile his tender treatment of his sick wife and Vronsky's child wi... Read More
Part 5, Chapters 28–33 In Chapter 28, Anna and Vronsky settle in a hotel in Petersburg, and Vronsky's brother comes to see Anna. To Vronsky's d... Read More
Part 6, Chapters 1–5 The next chapters return to Kitty and Levin in the country. The reader learns in Chapter 1 that Dolly and her children a... Read More
Part 6, Chapters 6–10 Both Varenka and Koznyshev feel let down that no proposal came about, and the rest of the company tries to cover it up i... Read More
Part 6, Chapters 11–15 In Chapter 11, the hunters stay in the hay barn of a muzhik (peasant) who always feeds Levin and puts him up when he goe... Read More
Part 6, Chapters 16–20 In Chapter 16, Dolly goes to see Anna, and on the carriage ride thinks about marriage and children. The young peasant at... Read More
Part 6, Chapters 21–26 In Chapter 21, Vronsky makes an opportunity to speak to Dolly privately: he is worried about the future. His daughter do... Read More
Part 6, Chapters 27–32 Provincial elections are held the next day, in Chapter 27. The progressives (which include Sviyazhsky, Stiva, Koznyshev,... Read More
Part 7, Chapters 1–5 In Chapter 1, Levin and Kitty are in the third month of their Moscow residency, and she appears to be past her term. Eve... Read More
Part 7, Chapters 6–10 In Chapter 6, Levin reluctantly leaves Natalie to visit the Bohls. He stays only long enough to fulfill the requirements... Read More
Part 7, Chapters 11–15 In Chapter 11, Levin declares Anna "an extraordinary woman ... not just her intelligence, but her heart." When he gets h... Read More
Part 7, Chapters 16–20 In Chapter 16, Levin is in a state of awe following the birth of his son. When he sees tiny Dmitri, he is surprised to f... Read More
Part 7, Chapters 21–25 In Chapter 21, Stiva accepts Karenin's invitation to Countess Lydia's that same evening. When he gets there, he finds Ka... Read More
Part 7, Chapters 26–31 After Vronsky leaves in Chapter 26, Anna convinces herself he hates her and loves another woman. Vronsky is gone the who... Read More
Part 8, Chapters 1–5 In Chapter 1, it is the summer of 1876. Koznyshev gets involved with the Slavophiles' defense of the Christian Serbians ... Read More
Part 8, Chapters 6–10 Koznyshev and Katavasov are greeted by Kitty upon their arrival in Chapter 6. She asks Dolly to entertain them until Lev... Read More
Part 8, Chapters 11–15 In Chapter 11, the company arrives at Levin and Kitty's house at the most inopportune time, during the mowing and reapin... Read More
Part 8, Chapters 16–19 In Chapter 16, Koznyshev asserts that the "intelligentsia" of the world are now all of the same mind. The prince strongl... Read More
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