In the snack room, excitement grows among all the noblemen.
Levin doesn't have anything to do, because all his friends are talking to Vronsky, and other ways of passing time don't interest him.
Feeling lonely, he spots one of the landowners he met during his visit to his friend Sviyazhsky's in Part 3, Chapter 27.
The landowner says he doesn't understand the point of nobility elections either, and that it's an obsolete institution.
The two of them talk about the ultimate futility of work. Try as they might, they just about break even or operate at a loss. They feel that the only real work of the nobleman can be accomplished on their own estates, and that all of this district representation is pointless.
Sviyazhsky's approach breaks up their conversation, but they're pleased to have gotten a chance to see one another.