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Sviyazhsky is five years older than Levin and has been married for a long time. Part of Levin's reason for not visiting sooner is that Sviyazhsky's wife has a sister whom Sviyazhsky and his wife would like Levin to marry.
On one hand, Levin has no interest in this girl. But on the other hand, he thinks it might be good to test out his feelings for her.
In any case, the Sviyazhsky family life is pleasant and amiable.
For Levin, Sviyazhsky is an interesting person because he has a number of opinions that seem to contradict the way he lives his life.
For example, at the same time that he looks down on the peasants, his interactions with them are heartfelt, sincere, and respectful. Levin considers Sviyazhsky to be a living enigma.
Levin also looks forward to seeing some neighboring landowners and discussing farming with them.
The day's shooting is not very good.
During tea, Levin is sitting with his hostess and her sister. Levin is uncomfortable and distracted because the sister is wearing a revealing dress.
Levin blushes and finally escapes to the other side of the room where Sviyazhsky is talking with two other landowners.