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Chapter 1
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is
unhappy in its own way.
Everything was in confusion in the Oblonskys’ house.
The wife had discovered that the husband was carrying on
an intrigue with a French girl, who had been a governess
in their family, and she had announced to her husband
that she could not go on living in the same house with
him. This position of affairs had now lasted three days, and
not only the husband and wife themselves, but all the
members of their family and household, were painfully
conscious of it. Every person in the house felt that there
was so sense in their living together, and that the stray
people brought together by chance in any inn had more in
common with one another than they, the members of the
family and household of the Oblonskys. The wife did not
leave her own room, the husband had not been at home
for three days. The children ran wild all over the house;
the English governess quarreled with the housekeeper, and
wrote to a friend asking her to look out for a new
situation for her; the man-cook had walked off the day
before just at dinner time; the kitchen-maid, and the
coachman had given warning.
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