Karenin seems out of place at the steeplechase. (He also
seems out of his place in his own home. He and Anna talk just
enough to keep up appearances. He has turned his anger toward
Anna against Seriozha and has little to do with the boy.)
Karenin is infuriated that Anna should ignore him at the race
in front of a crowd of people. When he scolds her in their
carriage on the way home, she shocks him with the news that she
loves Vronsky and is his mistress, and that she hates her
Karenin tells her he will need time to decide the best way to
safeguard his honor. Until then, he tells Anna she must act as
though she were a proper wife.
What do you think of Karenin\'s response? Do you believe he
is a hypocrite, concerned only for his reputation? He does
hurt, so much so that he has tried to turn off his emotions.
Do you think Anna really believes that she can carry on as
though her husband didn\'t exist?