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- The first thing I learned from Dr Blake is that I have never pronounced the author's name correctly. She says tol-STOY, with emphasis on the second syllable. I plan to practice.
- Levin is considered the 2nd protagonist of the novel, and a double for Tolstoy himself.
- Tolstoy was never banned by the Soviets, unlike Dostoevsky and others.
- There are subtle ways throughout the novel in which Tolstoy's affection towards Anna seems to shift, and in which he communicates this to the reader:
- In Love: Anna's masses of dark curls are her own, whereas Kitty and Dolly use artificial hair extensions. (Kitty's father comments on this when trying to pat Kitty on the head.)
- Out of Love: Anna is from St Petersburg, where the society is vacuous, rather than Moscow, where the true nobility of Russia resides.
- Other examples? Please comment below and add your thoughts!