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Rodney Elmore has inherited legal developments from his father, yet his appeal constantly wins via. He provides to his source of revenue via a variety of ability, together with swindling and robbery, and is at the same time dating 4 girls: the wealthy one (Stella) he supplies to marry, his bubbly cousin (Gladys) is meant for a unfastened union, the mischievous one (Mary) he plans to marry after they have either secured a few cash, and his landlady’s daughter (Mabel) is pregnant. while his uncle, who is aware of Rodney’s relatives history, will get tricky, Rodney poisons him on a educate. because the specialists start to shut in, Rodney vanishes including a great deal of funds and Mary. features a biography of the writer

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Tolstoy viewed the mangled body as it was laid out at the station. Sometime later, Tolstoy picked up a volume of the prose of Russia舗s greatest poet, Aleksandr Pushkin, while searching through Pushkin舗s collected works to find something suitable to read aloud to his ten-year-old son. The two literary fragments he happened upon encapsulate the entire story of Anna Karenina. Tolstoy expressed himself as captivated by Pushkin舗s masterful use of the literary technique of in medias res舒that is, he plunges directly into the action without the lengthy introduction more usual for the novel form, in which family history, a description of the local setting, and a brief biography would generally precede the action.

Since Anna Karenina is a novel (indeed, English literary critic F. R. Leavis called it 舠the European novel舡) the focus on the family is part of a wider social critique. The family idea is both anxious and troubled, as the novel舗s opening sentence announces: 舠Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way舡 (p. 5). The novel opens with a domestic crisis in the Oblonsky family, but this is only a frame for or introduction to the more insidious destruction of the Karenin family and the eponymous heroine that constitutes the main narrative of the novel.

True to his divided nature, Tolstoy counterbalances these noble efforts with gambling binges and sexual escapades in St. 1853-1856Tolstoy fights in the Crimean War. He completes another novel, the sequel to Childhood, Boyhood (1854), and a collection of short fiction based on his wartime experience, Sevastopol Stories (1855-1856). Czar Alexander II, the writer Ivan Turgenev, and many other readers embrace Tolstoy as an important writer. 1857Tolstoy publishes the third novel in his trilogy, Youth.

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