Schooling Behavior Noted by Tolstoy

In Anna Karenina, Tolstoy describes Stiva as follows (Chapter 3):

And in spite of the fact that science, art, and politics had no special interest for him, he firmly held those views on all these subjects that were held by the majority and by his paper, and changed them only when the majority changed them—or, more strictly speaking, they seemd to change of themselves within him.

Stepan Arkadyevich had not chosen his political opinions or his views; these political opinions and views had come to him of themselves, just as he did not choose the shapes of his hat and coat, but simply took those that were in style.

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