Part Three Summary
Levin Loves Mowing
Levin’s older brother, Sergey, goes to the farm for a while, and they are in constant philosophical disagreement about most social and subjective ideas, including personal opinions about one another. Then Levin develops this thing for mowing, but I think it is a way for him to get his frustrations out regarding his leisure-loving visitor.
Levin receives a letter from Stephan that his wife Dolly is staying at the country house and needs assistance; would he stop by? After all, it’s just too inconvenient for Stephan to see to the welfare of his wife.
Kitty is Coming to Town
Skip to Dolly, managing her children and country life, and we get a glimpse of her emotions as a mother, which can look a lot like a rollercoaster. When Levin visits Dolly, she tells him that Kitty is expected to stay with her, and that he must stopover; but he is insulted and flustered at such a request given that he believes anything between Kitty and himself was buried when she rejected his proposal. Until a few chapters later, he sees her passing by in her carriage…
Alexey Does Not Love Pistols
Alexey considers his situation with Anna, and wonders what it would be like to challenge Vronsky to a duel; but a fear of pistols changes his mind instead to punish Anna by forcing her to stay with him. He writes a letter to Anna telling her to come home pronto. Anna, who is attracted to the lying game, doesn’t know what to do, and considers asking Vronsky what should happen. She meets with and shows him her husband’s letter, and Vronsky also wonders if he shall have to face him in a duel. Don’t worry, Vronsk, you won’t have to.
Vronsky, who is having second thoughts about this affair, also wants Anna to give up her son and seek a divorce; but for Anna, her son is all she has, and she must keep hold of him. Vronsky realizes he is to blame for her complicated situation. She goes to Moscow with her son. Alexey tells her that all he wants is for to behave in a way that one may not gossip about her.
Levin is a Champ
Levin is experiencing a love-hate relationship with his farm work because he struggles with the peasants on many issues. Meanwhile, Dolly is using creative ways to encourage Levin to visit Kitty, but he cannot bring himself to face her.
Levin escapes his heartache by visiting a friend, Sviyazhsky, although he has many different views about farming and peasants. These discussions cause Levin to implement more changes on his own farm.
Finally, Levin’s sick brother, Nikolay, visits, and it is obvious that he is near death, causing Levin to think of nothing but his own death. Yet, he shall continue on until the end. Atta boy!