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20th June 2003
There is a wonderful summer scene in Anna Karenina (Part 6, Ch 2) in which several ladies sit on the terrace after dinner to chat, sew, and knit, while Kitty demonstrates her 'modern' method of making strawberry and raspberry jam without water, much to the horror Levin's former nurse, now the family's housekeeper. Tolstoy's knowledge is so detailed that a novice jam-maker could learn a great deal from reading it. The painting is Making Jam (1876, Tretyakov Museum) by Vladimire Makovsky.
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