"Anna began to read and to keep her mind on what she read."

A portrait of Gustave Flaubert, author of Madame Bovary, a romance
Creative Commons AttributionA portrait of Gustave Flaubert, author of Madame Bovary, a romance
This is an indicator of romantic involvement. At the time around which this novel appeared, romanticism had been strong in European literature. Many critics have drawn parallels between Tolstoy's Anna and Madame Bovary.