Anna Karenina eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 1,033 pages of information about Anna Karenina.

What Vronsky attacked first as being the easiest was his pecuniary position.  Writing out on note paper in his minute hand all that he owed, he added up the amount and found that his debts amounted to seventeen thousand and some odd hundreds, which he left out for the sake of clearness.  Reckoning up his money and his bank book, he found that he had left one thousand eight hundred roubles, and nothing coming in before the New Year.  Reckoning over again his list of debts, Vronsky copied it, dividing it into three classes.  In the first class he put the debts which he would have to pay at once, or for which he must in any case have the money ready so that on demand for payment there could not be a moment’s delay in paying.  Such debts amounted to about four thousand:  one thousand five hundred for a horse, and two thousand five hundred as surety for a young comrade, Venovsky, who had lost that sum to a cardsharper in Vronsky’s presence.  Vronsky had wanted to pay the money at the time (he had that amount then), but Venovsky and Yashvin had insisted that they would pay and not Vronsky, who had not played.  That was so far well, but Vronsky knew that in this dirty business, though his only share in it was undertaking by word of mouth to be surety for Venovsky, it was absolutely necessary for him to have the two thousand five hundred roubles so as to be able to fling it at the swindler, and have no more words with him.  And so for this first and most important division he must have four thousand roubles.  The second class—­eight thousand roubles—­consisted of less important debts.  These were principally accounts owing in connection with his race horses, to the purveyor of oats and hay, the English saddler, and so on.  He would have to pay some two thousand roubles on these debts too, in order to be quite free from anxiety.  The last class of debts—­to shops, to hotels, to his tailor—­were such as need not be considered.  So that he needed at least six thousand roubles for current expenses, and he only had one thousand eight hundred.  For a man with one hundred thousand roubles of revenue, which was what everyone fixed as Vronsky’s income, such debts, one would suppose, could hardly be embarrassing; but the fact was that he was far from having one hundred thousand.  His father’s immense property, which alone yielded a yearly income of two hundred thousand, was left undivided between the brothers.  At the time when the elder brother, with a mass of debts, married Princess Varya Tchirkova, the daughter of a Decembrist without any fortune whatever, Alexey had given up to his elder brother almost the whole income from his father’s estate, reserving for himself only twenty-five thousand a year from it.  Alexey had said at the time to his brother that that sum would be sufficient for him until he married, which he probably never would do.  And his brother, who was in command of one of the most expensive regiments, and was only just married, could not decline the gift. 

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