Sunday, March 24, 2013

Anna Karenina: Part V, Chapter 25

Several weeks have passed since Anna Karenina left her husband for Count Vronsky. She has begun to deeply miss her son, Seroyzha. She hopes her husband, Aleksey Aleksandrovich Karenin, will permit her to have access to him. She has sent a letter of appeal to the Countess Lydia Ivanovna, who is now managing all of Karenin's household affairs.

After some words of preparation, Countess Lydia Ivanovna, breathing hard and flushing crimson, put into Aleksey Aleksandrovich's hands the letter she had received.
After reading the letter, he sat a long while in silence.
"I don't think I have the right to refuse her," he said, timidly raising his eyes.
"Dear friend, you never see evil in anyone!"
"On the contrary, I see that all is evil. But whether it is fair --"
His face showed irresolution, was seeking counsel, support, and guidance in a matter he did not understand.
"No," Countess Lydia Ivanovna interrupted him, "there are limits to everything. I can understand immorality," she said, not quite truthfully, since she never could understand that which leads women to immorality, "but I can't understand cruelty, and to whom? To you! How can she stay in the town where you are? No, the longer one lives, the more one learns. And I'm learning to understand your loftiness and her baseness."
"Who is to throw a stone?" said Aleksey Aleksandrovich, unmistakably pleased with the part he had to play. "I have forgiven all, and so I cannot deprive her of what is exacted by love in her -- by her love for her son . . ."
"But what is love, my friend? Is it sincere? Admitting that you have forgiven -- that you forgive -- have we the right to work on the feelings of that angel? He looks on her as dead. He prays for her, and beseeches God to have mercy on her sins. And it is better so. But now what will he think?
"I had not thought of that," said Aleksey Aleksandrovich, evidently agreeing.

 "Who is to throw a stone?" 

And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
John 8:3-11

*All Scripture quotes are from the King James Version unless otherwise stated.

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  1. Casting Stones or casting crowns (Rev. 4:10), we have a tremendous blessing in being able to choose which we'll do!

  2. Catchy. "Casting Stones or Casting Crowns" would make a great blog post title.

    1. Yeah, you should write it!

    2. My comment was supposed to be a hint for YOU to write it. :)

    3. YOU should write it, then post it at my place!

    4. Hmmm...I haven't forgotten about writing a guest post for The Train Wreck. I'll try not to be too long about putting something together.