Levin finds Dolly, who is punishing her daughter for some misdemeanor. Dolly says that everyone has noticed that Veslovsky has been flirting with Kitty. Levin tells Veslovsky that a carriage is waiting and that he must leave. Veslovsky asks for an explanation, but seeing Levin’s bulging muscles, he scurries away like the society dandy he is. Everybody except Kitty’s mother, who thinks Levin has been unspeakably rude, becomes quite merry once Veslovsky has left.
Once Dolly confirms Levin’s suspicion that Veslovsky is flirting with Kitty, he becomes calmer and more pragmatic about his jealousy. When it was his own secret emotion, it was too much to deal with, but when it’s an objective fact, he can act on it, and Levin is much happier when he is active than when he is brooding.