In September, Levin moves to Moscow for Kitty’s confinement before she has her baby; he is bored and uncomfortable in the city. When Koznyshev invites Levin to the elections, Kitty orders the nobleman’s uniform he needs and tells him to go. Levin must resolve affairs with his sister’s estate, which prove to be caught in a bureaucratic nightmare, but he has become far less easily frustrated with others since his marriage. Even though Levin thinks the election is of no importance, he agrees to participate, and he listens to all the local issues and debates.
Anna doesn’t want Vronsky to go to the elections, even though he loves it; meanwhile, Kitty’s desire that Levin go despite his reticence demonstrates how healthy and strong their relationship is. Kitty understands that the best thing for Levin is to try and understand how society operates; besides, she’s seen him in times of heightened emotions, and she knows he’ll only get in the way during the final stages of pregnancy.