Okay, that’s not exactly a fully formed question, and I realize (now) that the snipe is an actual bird.
Yes. Really. See:
But I’m having a hard time taking Levin’s snipe hunting ventures with Sergei seriously. Where I come from if your older know-it-all brother wants to go snipe hunting you’ve been had. Had, I tell you.
So maybe my question is actually this: Is Tolstoy playing with us here?