Anna Karenina p.6
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This week, Matt and Cameron travel from light love affair to life after marriage (and pseudo-divorce) with Levin and Kitty’s life, paralleled with Anna and Vronsky’s. Of course—we are reading Tolstoy after all—this is not merely their story, but also that of Sergei and Varenka and Vasenka and so many other interesting characters that we run into in this part. Grab your gun, get up early for snipe hunting, and don’t forget to bring along this podcast to keep you entertained!
Major themes: Snipe hunting, The Labyrinth of Plots, Ambiguous Morality
15:00 - “It really is. Why is it we spend our time riding, drinking, shooting, doing nothing, while they are forever at work?” said Vasenka Veslovsly, obviously for the first time in his life reflecting on the question and consequently considering it with perfect sincerity. (P.667, trans. Garnett; Kent & Berberova)
24:15 - “Won’t” be Vronsky’s. Is what I meant to say.
The music used in this episode was “soviet march,” by Toasted Tomatoes. You can find more of their work on Bandcamp and YouTube.