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I was happy that these 2 parts were pretty easygoing, especially the beginning of part 5 when we see Levin with his head in the clouds – absolutely ecstatic that his love is being returned with a mixture of unbelief that he is marrying this heavenly creature. Am I just too cynical to believe that it’s happy ever after? Nonetheless, the first few months of marriage were filled with changes and tiffs but… I remembered my own first year of marriage so this is truly not unexpected, Kitty & Levin, however, appeared to be managing finely. Kitty seems to be a loving and understanding wife – so far, she is proving to be a well developed (matured) character and I’m really liking this. Levin, on the other hand, is being shown for his shortcoming. It was shown in the beginning (his conversation with Stiva about love & affairs) that he has his own good opinions (which we as readers usually share) however he doesn’t appear to think these thoughts through. That is, if asked the reason behind his thoughts, he is either unable to articulate his thoughts or just never really thought it through to the end. This really frustrates me as he was a character I really liked from the beginning. Him being so amiable to his mother-in-law (weddings & birth) was also a source of angst with me – I mean, who wears the pants here?!?
On the other hand, I’m starting to like Vronsky. Wow, I never thought I’d ever say that! [well, maybe except for the comb-over **shudders**] But he’s shown himself to be a man of sense especially shown in his management of business / estate. He is more real to me in these 2 parts especially when he imparted his wishes for Anna’s wellbeing and their future together. It all makes better sense. Anna, of course, is still the paranoid Drama Queen trying to Not Be a Drama Queen, scared to let go of the past she’s shunned and yet, unable to be content with her current happiness. I still can’t reconcile with the fact that she can be infatuated with her son but not her daughter. Her son was from a man she does not like (that’s putting it mildly) and her daughter is by the love of her life (or so she says) – so what gives?! I think this highlights that she just wanted something she can’t have – doesn’t she know the saying that you can’t have cake and eat it too? I really didn’t think that they would be happy at all so I was actually pleasantly surprised although the undercurrents of the past and what may yet be are very strong.