15.11.12

Leo Tolstoy: Stepan Arkadyich reads a newspaper

An excerpt from Anna Karenina
Nicolai Fechin, 'The Artist's Father Reading the Newspaper' (1916)
From Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky):
Stepan Arkadyich subscribed to and read a liberal newspaper, not an extreme one, but one with the tendency to which the majority held. And though neither science, nor art, nor politics itself interested him, he firmly held the same views on all these subjects as the majority and his newspaper did, and changed them only when the majority did, or, rather, he did not change them, but they themselves changed imperceptibly in him.
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