For those of us afraid to tell instead of showing in our writing, Tolstoy captured in 31 words what might have taken 10 pages had he decided to show instead of telling and the words he used are more powerful and captivating than had he done the other. (Don’t you wish you could have written those words? I do.) And no one could ever accuse Tolstoy of being a madman about telling vs. showing or being economical with words either for that matter—he used page after page after page to show Levin adding up all his debts and liabilities and finding out he was hopelessley upside-down when he could have just said that Levin was living so far above his means there was no hope for escape.
Image Source Page: http://orpheus-samhain.insanejournal.com/52416.html (Not the same setting as when the lassage was written.)