Kristi (PeatSwea) and I are almost done with Anna, I can't wait to see what's going to happen.
Part six is titled 'When Hope Lives'. We are learning more about the characters but nothing explosive happens to move the plot forward (it's just keeping a good pace). In the beginning of this section there was a lot of time spent with the men, on a hunt. To be honest, this part didn't keep my interest and I was wondering if it was necessary to the story. Looking back I'm happy it's there, we did get to experience the day to day life in this section.
Those who know the couple understand why Anna fell in love and most are sympathetic to the situation but are guiding her to takes the necessary steps towards divorce and continue living where she is currently living (away from society).
By the end of part six you get the sense that change is coming. Anna and Vronsky are living a married lifestyle, even though she is not divorced yet. Vronsky discusses how his child bears Karenin's last name and this is a terrible misfortune. Anna does share a secret, the illness she has recovered from has left her barren. In addition to this news, Anna is starting to really understand the consequences to actions earlier in the story.
I have heard from a few of you who are stuck in part 3. I can tell you to push through part 3 which is focused on agriculture, and is the toughest section to read. I can't decide if I liked part 4 or part 5 more!
Part five focuses on Kitty and Levin but we also get to see Anna having to deal with the ramifications of decisions she has made. For example, she visits her young son on his birthday (in secret). She can't believe how big he is getting and spends time reminiscing and looking at photos she has not yet seen. When Vronsky is looking at the photos Anna gets upset, feeling that boundaries are crossed or that he doesn't understand. He tells her this is very hard on him as well, they are both miserable.
We are using Oprah's discussion guide to help facilitate the dialog. the recap below is from her website.
Part Five: Love rushes in