Lev's teacher is lecturing the class about Russian Empire and the class in turn listens to him with great attention. But, revolution has begun and Lev undoubtedly knows war will soon follow.
A fierce discussion has erupted. Lev's friend, Oleg, does not believe in war but he does believe eminently in revolution. Lev simply looks at his friend. He's in awe.
A group of youthful students peacefully demonstrate against Tsarist autocracy when suddenly chaos erupts.
Lev sees a female student who's about to fall from the steps. A sudden close up: his hand tries to reach for hers, there's a montage of his hand trying to reach for hers, and hers trying to reach for his, but without any luck.
Another female student looks at the ordeal with shock. She screams as people walk all over the fallen student.
Lev walks towards the end of the steps and looks up. Students have begun fighting instead of helping one another. His friend Oleg looks at him from above. Their eyes meet. Lev walks away.