November 4, 2014

Why are Vronsky’s thoughts not revealed in Anna Karenina?

Question by psychopathicjuggalettegrl: Anna Karenina question!!?
Why are Vronsky’s thoughts not revealed at the end of Anna Karenina?

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Answer by Nick
They may have been. It’s been a while since I read the book thoroughly, and I may have things out of context but…on the railroad platform (p. 822ff, Penguin Classics edition), Vronsky tells Koznyshev “As a man I have the merit that my life is of no value to me. And I’ve physical energy enough to hack my way into the fray and slay or fall…I’m glad there is something for which I can lay down the life which is not simply useless but loathsome to me…as a weapon I may be of some use. But as a man I’m a wreck.” Later, quoting the narrative: “At the sight of the tender and the rails, and under the influence of the conversation with someone he had not met since the catastrophe, he suddenly recalled her–as much as was left of her when he had rushed like one distraught into the railway shed and seen her mangled body, still warm with recent life, stretched out on a table shamelessly exposed to the gaze of all…he tried to recall his best moments with her but those moments were poisoned for ever…sobs distorted his face.” Count Vronsky is a guy’s guy, a soldier, and all that, but he does betray some feelings here, it seems to me.

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