Part three of Anna Karenina moves to the countryside, on Levin’s farm, and then on the neighboring farm that belongs to Dolly and Stiva. The first six chapters of part three are PRETTY DULL. We hear a lot about Levin and his half-brother Seregy, and their views on labor and farming. So I only wrote two haikus for those six chapters. You’re welcome!
Also, you might remember that earlier, I said Kitty is the best character so far? I’m still a big Kitty fan, but now I also like Dolly almost as much. Those sisters have it going on!
Here are the haikus:
- Levin’s brother, Seregy, comes to visit on the farm
He’s for public good
Wants to share his ideas
But the farm’s my life
2-6. Levin and Seregy have different outlooks about peasants, bureaucracy, and labor
I’m done listening.
Your woke ideas will not
Cut grass or milk cows.
- Stiva ships Dolly and the kids off to the countryside
Six kids: peace is rare
And Stiva doesn’t love me
- Dolly bathes with her kids in a lake
Those fat little legs
Screams of delight and alarm
Splash, my sweet cherubs!
- Stiva sends Levin to help Dolly with home repairs
He talks about cows
But we must discuss Kitty.
Levin can be dumb.
- Dolly gives Levin a wakeup call
No, wait. Sit down.
Love’s imperfect. Forget pride.
Ask Kitty again.