In part four, chapter five, Karenin goes to visit a lawyer to discuss divorce. The thing that stuck with me about that visit over anything else was the moths flying around the office. The lawyer "with a swiftness that could never have been expected of him, opened his hands, caught the moth, and resumed his former attitude" p. 419. The moth catching happens at least three more times in that chapter. So, all you smart people, what is it with the moths?