Vronsky is pacing up and down, his hands thrust into his coat pockets. He ignores Koznyshev's approach, but Koznyshev doesn't mind. Since Vronsky is contributing to what Koznyshev considers a great cause, he believes it his duty to praise and encourage Vronsky.
Koznyshev admits that Vronsky may not want to see him, but he offers to help Vronsky any way he can.
Vronsky is apathetic.
Koznyshev offers to write Vronsky letters of introduction to various contacts.
Vronsky refuses, saying that there's no need for introductions if he's just going to meet death.
Koznyshev persists, but Vronsky argues that his only virtue as a man is that his life means nothing to him.
Koznyshev continues to misunderstand what Vronsky is talking about, and continues praising the cause and Vronsky's contributions.
As Vronsky continues walking, he suddenly thinks of Anna as he last saw her, a corpse stretched out in front of strangers, her head still proud and beautiful.
Vronsky tries to remember all their best moments together, but he can't escape the thought of Anna carrying out her final threat to him—inflicting remorse.
He almost breaks into sobs, but collects himself.
Vronsky and Koznyshev discuss the war in Serbia calmly, and then separate into different carriages.