should count for nothing against an infatuation

Pavel Pin

Senior Member
Telugu
Anna's brother Stiva who is married with Dolly and having affair with governess. Anna asked this question to Anna's husband Alexia:

Anna: Alexei, do you think nine years of marriage and children should count for nothing against an infatuation?
Alexei: No. Very well. But sin has a price, you may be sure of that.

What is the meaning of "should count for nothing against an infatuation"?

Source: Anna Karenina 2012
 
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Anna wants to go to Moscow with her brother to help him save his marriage. Her husband doesn't approve, but she persuades him by saying (paraphrased):

    Alexei, do you think it's right that nine years of marriage and children should be considered worthless compared with a mere affair?
     

    Pavel Pin

    Senior Member
    Telugu
    Anna wants to go to Moscow with her brother to help him save his marriage. Her husband doesn't approve, but she persuades him by saying (paraphrased):

    Alexei, do you think it's right that nine years of marriage and children should be considered worthless compared with a mere affair?
    So Anna threatening Alexei to getting with affair?
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    No, she's talking about Stiva and Dolly's marriage, and saying to Alexei, in effect, "surely their marriage is more important than his affair, and therefore worth saving, so I should go to Moscow with him".

    He then "concedes" by saying: "No. Very well." — which means he agrees that she can go to Moscow.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Pavel, exactly what answer you're looking for is not always clear. And I wasn't to know that you didn't even realise whose marriage Anna was referring to.

    But as long as you understand now, that's the main thing.
     
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