Originally Posted by Motivated Mama
What, about the ball, are you referring to?
Unfortunately, I've reread the part I wanted to discuss in the Penguin edition, and the part that I loved so much must have been a translation error, because it isn't in this edition. What a bummer. :(
In general, though, I love how he builds complexity in the characters by playing them off one another - When Anna's talking to Dolly, and trying to get her to forgive Stiva, Anna tells Dolly how Stiva feels -- but it isn't at all how Stiva feels, it is how Anna herself will feel later in the book after she has deceived her husband. And Levin thinks of himself as someone who works with his hands, isn't an aristocrat, isn't an intellectual. Yet, it's clear when he is with the Oblonskys and the Scherbatskys and all of their circle that he isn't that much of an outsider. And when we see him with people who think of themselves as intellectuals (like his brother Sergei's professor friend), we get to see that he is actually quite intellectual.
What is everyone else thinking of the book?