I’ve been writing quite a bit about Anna Karenina lately, since I have been reading it over the last month and a half. Amidst the drama, turmoil, and politics, here are seven pieces of practical wisdom to be found from the pages of the great classic (roughly in order of the plot).
- Don’t talk with a stranger, acquaintance, or friend about her son. You might end up falling in love with him and ruining your life.
- If you are a middle-aged woman who wants to attract attention at a ball, wear black.
- If you are proud, sensitive, philosophical, and prone to depression, marry an understanding woman who loves you. Otherwise, your life may become downright morbid.
- Likewise, don’t go see any dying family members without company, preferably the aforementioned understanding woman. She will help you live through the experience.
- If you’re an amateur artist, don’t ask another painter to paint one of your subjects until you finish.
- If you have the chance to propose to the girl of your dreams, don’t talk about mushrooms and ruin the moment.
- If you want to be fascinating to men, wear lots of rings and talk with your hands, gracefully.
- If you start despising cheese and bread, beware. You might be suicidal.
- If you are at your mother’s, and a telegram comes from your lover, don’t stay with Mom. You might regret it forever.
- Don’t pay any attention to how other people commit suicide, or you might find yourself mimicking them one day.
Copyright 2015 Andrea Lundgren