Page 107. " Then his brother’s talk of communism, to which he had not paid much attention at the time, now made him think. He considered a revolution in economic conditions nonsense; but he had always felt the injustice of his own abundance compared with the poverty of the peasants… "

A portrait of Karl Marx
Public DomainA portrait of Karl Marx
Despite communism being strongly advocated for by two Germans, it was in Russia that it took root very fast, leading to the revolution of 1917. Many intellectuals were excited by the ideas advanced by Karl Marx and his colleagues advocating communism.

Page 115. " 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.