The Figure of Countess Lidia Ivanovna Throughout Tolstoy’s great work “Anna Karenina,” the figure of Countess Lidia Ivanovna , while not a primary character, is an important part of the narrative. The figure of the Countess is associated in the text with emotion and duplicity, and her presence serves to provide depth to the character of Alexey Karenin . Indeed, seen through her eyes, Karenin becomes someone very different than the Karenin known by Anna. Countess Lidia Invanovna is introduced as a very upright and religious woman and as a friend to Karenin . Karenin says of the Countess to Anna that “she takes everything to heart” (Tolstoy 100), which suggests that the Countess reacts to things in a more emotional, visceral way rather than...The end:
.....of the Countess Lidia Ivanovna is associated with false emotions because the emotions she feels are not really hers-they rightfully belong to Karenin . Thus, through examining this secondary character, the figure of Alexey is given greater depth and can be seen as more human. While there has been much more scholarship devoted to the study of the main characters in the book, this brief study of the Countess indicates that more work should be devoted to secondary characters such as the Countess. Doing so can lend new interpretations to this important work along with the benefit of allowing readers to engage in the text in different, and perhaps, more beneficial ways. Works Cited Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2003.