Levin manages his sister’s estate as well as his own, and he has to make sure that the peasants are not cheating him. He insists that they re-calculate his share of the hay, since he is suspicious that they are trying to cheat him. Levin begins talking to an old beekeeper. He becomes absorbed in watching a young, strong peasant couple in love.
Levin is very careful about his estates; when he is suspicious that peasants are cheating him, he personally checks to ensure that he is not being swindled. Unlike Oblonsky, he sweats the details. However, he deeply loves country life and is absorbed by the honest, physical labor and love that the peasants have.