On the sixth day, after all the debates, the vote is held. The noblemen appear outwardly divided into old and young, but these divisions don’t match with party lines. Levin doesn’t completely understand what’s going on, but he realizes that there is controversy over several nominations, including a man called Flerov who is “under investigation.”
Surface appearances don’t tell the full story of political intrigue: people who look like they’re aligned with one party may express different views. Levin is extremely out of his element when dealing with this kind of hypocrisy.