I’ve decided to switch gears. My chapter summaries take too long for y’all to read, and for me to write. While I still plan to adapt the pivotal scenes into first person POV, the rest of the summaries will be written as haikus. Thus, here is what’s left of part one: 11 haikus for ten chapters. (Chapter 30 was too eventful and needed an extra haiku to capture it all.)
- Levin goes to see his derelict brother, Nicholay
Bro’s thin like a blade
A nice ex-whore makes his tea
Sad partners in life
- Levin and Nicholay talk Communism
Poor health; drinks too much
Nicolay’s scared for peasants
Says they’re beasts of burden
- Levin’s happy to be home on his farm
My best cow, Pava
Has calved. But the buckwheat’s scorched.
- More about Levin on his farm (now he’s lonely)
My pretend wife loves
Everything I love, like cows.
But who will she be?
- Anna feels bad and confides in Dolly
Torture, not pleasure
Was Kitty’s night at the ball
Truly not my fault?
- Anna takes an early train home
Traveling can be hell
Feeling guilty makes it worse
I need cold, fresh air
- Anna see Vronksy on the train
Vronsky’s not here. Phew.
Oh, no. Wait. There he is. Damn.
I’m so glad he’s here.
30.5. Anna’s husband, Alexey, picks her up at the train station
Alexey is a
Frigid, condescending jerk.
His ears are too big.
- Still at the train station, Anna introduces Vronsky to Alexey
Round hat. Straight spine. No.
She does not, cannot, love him.
Anna’s already mine.
- Anna goes home and sees her son, Seryozha
“Mama!” he cries, and
I feel somehow let down. Huh.
He’s still my best guy.
- Bedtime at Anna & Alexey’s house
A good, honest man.
But sex with Alexey? Eww.
I burn for Vronsky
- Vronsky visits his high-class friends
Visit friends. Laugh. Chat.
But she is still on my mind.
Anna. I’ll find you.