From now on I’m going to think of Oblonsky as The Russian Baker.
You remember his love of baked goods, right? We’re not talking about the dried-up, day-old bread either. Oblonsky likes his rolls fresh.
In Part IV, chapter 9 Stepan Arkadyevitch Oblonsky is having a soiree. He’s late to his own party and sees that upon his arrival things are not going well. Oblonsky quickly puts all his guests at ease: making introductions, giving compliments, telling jokes.
In a moment he had so kneaded together the social dough that the drawing room became very lively, and there was a merry buzz of voices.
Did you catch the bread references? “kneaded” and “dough”?
See?! A baker!
With a little kneading a group of quiet strangers becomes a noisy gathering of friends.
Jeannette wants Anna to go dress shopping with her.
I want Oblonsky to host my next party.