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Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy

Character Analysis Dolly Oblonsky

Although she is a successful woman, in Tolstoyan terms, Dolly fails to retain her husband's love. Compensating this lack by a redoubled interest in the children, Dolly maintains her equilibrium. After her visit to Anna, she is definitively reassured that living like a "hen with her chicks" provides more meaning to life than an existence based on desperate love.