Vronsky had lent his Petersburg apartment to his friend and comrade Petritsky, a young, carousing lieutenant. When Vronsky returns home, Petritsky, his mistress, and the cavalry captain are entertaining each other. After a moment of initial shock, Vronsky slides easily back into his Petersburg social circle. He chats with his friends before leaving to pay several visits in the hopes of finding Anna.
In Petersburg, Vronsky’s friends are young and dashing: he is at the epicenter of the flashy, brilliant social scene. Vronsky slides quite easily back into his position in Petersburg, and he sets off to find Anna again.