Hands and Teeth

11 Oct

Adriana mentioned that she’s counting instances of blushing and flushing in Anna Karenina.

Me?  I’m noticing hands and teeth. Specifically little hands and even teeth.

Whose? Anna’s little hands and Vronsky’s even teeth.

Have you noticed them?

pg. 93  He pressed the little hand she gave him…

pg. 99 …and took her hand in her vigorous little hand.

pg. 105  …to touch her, hold her little hand, kiss it, play with her ring…

pg. 120  …fascinating the graceful, light movements of her little feet and hands

pg. 145   With her little deft hands she opened and shut her little red bag…

pg. 146  …the smooth paper knife in her little hands…

pg. 205  Anna Arkadyevna, with her quick little hand was unfastening the lace of her sleeve…

So I guess Anna has little hands.

Now what about Vronsky’s pearly whites.

pg. 168  …showing his strong, close rows of teeth, when he thought of the helmet.

pg. 188  …laughing and showing his even rows of teeth

pg. 256  …face of disgust, and showing his even teeth.

pg. 262  He laughed gaily, showing his even teeth…

Maybe the Countess sprung for orthodontia?

I mentioned my observations to Jeannette last week.  She wondered what I thought it might mean.  The only thing I could come up with was a lame Little Red Riding Hood reference.

Big Bad Wolf Vronsky holding the tiny hand of Little Red Riding Hood Anna… Little Red:  “Why, Vronsky, what even teeth you have!” Big Bad Vronsky:  “The better to seduce you with, my dear.”

What do you think it means?


Posted by on October 11, 2012 in Anna Karenina


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7 responses to “Hands and Teeth

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    October 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Oh my goodness. Once you start to list these things it’s hilarious!
    Too, too funny . . .
    I have been chuckling about this post all evening.
    The Little Red/ BB Wolf imagery is just perfect.
    I doubt I’ll be forgetting that any time soon!

  2. dangermom

    October 11, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Vronsky comes off as very predatory with those teeth, doesn’t he? And I think he is vain too, always showing off his nice teeth. Everybody else doesn’t have such nice teeth.

    Russian writers always seem to describe attractive women as little and small. I’ve noticed it a lot this year: hands, elbows, teeth, waist, all are little!

    • Adriana @ Classical Quest

      October 12, 2012 at 7:25 am

      That’s a good point about the other characters’ teeth. I just read about how Levin’s teeth were beginning to decay in the back.

      • Christine

        October 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm

        I read that too… and ewww. I figured it was Tolstoy’s way of making Vronsky’s otherwise seemingly perfect exterior show some of his imperfect interior.

  3. Christina Joy

    October 13, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Best Post Ending Ever


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