|Spring Time by RJ Hammond|
These chapters take place just after Easter "on the eve of Krasnaya Gorka," a Russian holiday commemorating the dead. Before this time, the land had been covered with ice and the temperature was still freezing. Nevertheless, a change began to occur immediately following the Christian holiday of resurrection:
The land, which had been dead, suddenly began to come to life. The ice melted, water flowed, the skies cleared, grass grew, flowers blossomed, and the birds renewed their melodic tunes. Similarly, Levin's revitalization that took place during the season of new life shows he is not one to dwell with regret on his failures. He uses other outlets to find meaning in life. Tolstoy describes him as "a tree in spring," illustrating that Levin will not remain fixated on the past but will focus on new ways of living.
Consequently, the first thing Levin does when he recognizes the coming of Spring is to visit his cows, which symbolize life and reproduction. Levin first spends time among those that represent life in order to gain a renewed purpose in life. The rejection by Kitty was a death of sorts for Levin but coming of Spring and a renewed sense of purpose represent his new life. When Stepan comes to visit, he recognizes that Levin is leading a new life and avoids bringing up the painful parts of the past. And the joy that surrounds Levin is contagious, as Stepan experiences it as well.