On the way to Sviyazhsky’s house, Levin stops at the home of a wealthy peasant so his horses can feed. The old peasant has expanded his land to a thriving farm through years of prudent, wise decisions. The old peasant is also not against innovations. The household is happy, and Levin feels cheered by it.
The old peasant’s prudent, thriving lifestyle cheers Levin: unlike the peasants around the haystack, Levin sees the role model of the kind of successful household he craves in the wealthy old peasant.