On the sixth day of the gathering, the provincial elections take place.
Levin turns up and sees Oblonsky and Koznyshev. He observes that the noblemen are strongly divided by generation into younger and older groups, but these social groups don't coincide with the political parties they belong to.
Though Levin isn't clear about what is going on, he does realize that there's some kind of issue with who should be admitted to the elections from a certain section of the province: will this guy Snetkov be nominated? And what about this guy Flerov: should he be admitted to the election even though he's "currently under investigation" for something or other?