By Leo Tolstoy
Tolstoy's tumultuous story of ardour and self-discovery marks a turning aspect within the author's profession. His compelling, emotional saga recounts the results of nonconformist habit — a society woman's adulterous affair and a landowner's unconventional quest for a significant life — opposed to a backdrop of overdue 19th-century Russia.
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Straight ahead, two or three hundred yards away, the earth rose high above the moonlit telephone wires to form the mound of Revolutionary Hill, along whose summit winked the friendly picture windows of the Revolutionary Hill Estates. The Campbells lived in one of those houses; the Campbells might well be in one of the cars whose lights were coming up behind them right now. ” She didn’t answer. “Look,” he said. “Couldn’t we sit in the car and talk about it? ” “Okay,” he said. “Okay. Jesus, April, I’m trying as hard as I can to be nice about this thing, but I—” “How kind of you,” she said.
Where do you get these weird ideas, any- REVOLUTIONARY ROAD 19 way? The movies or someplace? You want to know something, Wheeler? You want to know why everybody thinks you’re a jerk? ” Walking now through the same smells and looking at the pale shape of April’s proﬁle as she walked beside him, he allowed his rising sense of poignance to encompass her as well, and the sadness of her own childhood. He wasn’t often able to do this, for most of her memories were crisply told and hard to sentimentalize (“I always knew nobody cared about me and I always let everybody know I knew it”), but the school smell made him think of one particular time she had told about, a morning in Rye Country Day when a menstrual ﬂow of unusual suddenness and volume had taken her by surprise in the middle of a class.
Why did this woman keep bothering them all the time? ” she cried, staggering toward him under the weight of a damp cardboard box full of earth and wobbling vegetation. “I just wanted to bring over this sedum for the rocky place at the foot of your drive. ” He bent into an ungainly pose, trying to hold the door open with one trailing foot while he took the box from her arms. “Well,” he said, smiling very close to her tense, powdery face. Mrs. Givings’s cosmetics seemed always to have been applied in a frenzy of haste, of impatience to get the whole silly business over and done with, and she was constantly in motion, a trim, leather-skinned woman in her ﬁfties whose eyes expressed a religious belief in the importance of keeping busy.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy