All summer long Bossy was trying to read Anna Karenina. It’s the Leo Tolstoy novel Bossy has enjoyed in the past, and she thought it was time to revisit it, as Bossy often decides, because they don’t write new books anymore and Bossy was tired of Jeff Lewis.
Or maybe Bossy wasn’t tired of Jeff Lewis, because the yellow bookmark in Anna Karenina never budged beyond page 102, which if you’ve ever read Anna Karenina, you know is just the kickoff of the beginning of the introduction.
So Bossy thought it would be interesting if she tried to speed-read Anna Karenina by randomly selecting only ten sentences at regular intervals throughout the book. Kind of like how it’s been said if you randomly select a passage from the bible, it will contain the answer. Assuming you knew the question.
Anyway. Shall we?
- The whole of that day Anna spent at home, that is to say at the Oblonskys’, and received no one, though some of her acquaintances had already heard of her arrival, and came to see her.
- That which had been for almost a whole year the one absorbing desire of Vronsky’s life, replacing all his old desires; that which for Anna had been an impossible, terrible, and even for that reason more entrancing dream of bliss, that desire had been fulfilled.
- Anna was upstairs standing in front of the mirror and, with Annushka’s assistance, pinning the last ribbon on her gown when she heard carriage wheels crunching the gravel at the entrance.
- None but those who were most intimate with Aleksey Aleksandrovich Karenin knew that, while on the surface the coldest and most reasonable of men, he had one weakness quite opposed to the general trend of his character.
- It was past five already, and so, in order to be there quickly, and at the same time not to drive with his own horses, known to everyone, Vronsky got into Yashvin’s hired carriage and told the driver to drive as quickly as possible.
- The Karenins, husband and wife, continued living in the same house, met every day, but were complete strangers to one another.
- After the conversation with Aleksey Aleksandrovich, Vronsky went out onto the steps of the Karenin house and stood still, with difficulty remembering where he was and where he should walk or drive.
- On arriving in Petersburg, Vronsky and Anna stayed at one of the best hotels, Vronsky alone on the lower floor, Anna above, with her child, her nurse, and her maid, in a large suite of four rooms.
- Anna was disconcerted by the intent look of inquiry Dolly fixed upon her.
- In the slanting evening shadows cast by sacks piled up on the platform, Vronsky in his long overcoat and slouch hat, with his hands in his pockets, strode up and down like a wild beast in a cage, turning sharply after twenty paces.
Well, what did we learn? Maybe not so much with the ten-passage summary of Anna Karenina?