Levin and Oblonsky go shooting, and Levin finally works up the courage to ask Oblonsky directly whether or not Kitty is married. Oblonsky replies that she is not married and that she is ill.
While he is shooting and in his natural habitat, Levin can finally work up the courage to ask the question that has been on his mind the whole time.
Laska, the dog, sees a snipe and thinks that the men will miss it because of their talk, but at the last minute, both men see the snipe and hit it.
Tolstoy writes from the perspective of all different characters, including Levin’s dog. Both men hitting the snipe suggest how victorious they each feel in terms of love.