February 3, 2011: Vronsky’s Code

CURRENTLY READING: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
-482 PAGES

“Vronsky’s life was especially fortunate in that he had a code of rules which unquestionably defined everything that ought and ought not to be done… These rules determined unquestionably that a card-sharper must be paid but a tailor need not be, that one should not lie to men but may lie to women, that it is wrong to deceive anyone but one may deceive a husband, that it is wrong to pardon insults but one may give insults, and so on.”

Anna Karenina, pp.304-305
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation

If only life were so simple, right? I would love to know what’s included in the “and so on”. I think I need a code of my own. It would not resemble Vronsky’s; I fear for Anna’s future.

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