"No, I am no longer on the Zemstvo. I quarreled with the lot of them and dont go to the meeetings any longer."

A zemstvo having dinner
Public DomainA zemstvo having dinner
Tolstoy was an anti conservatist. Its clear from most of his writings that he was anti establishment and wouldnt have supported the corrupt nature of the county councils of his day hence the disagreement. His views are linked closely with those of Levin and probably used Levin as a self portrait.