War and Peace

War and Peace

by

Leo Tolstoy

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An unscrupulous army officer who’s friends with Anatole Kuragin. He’s a notorious gambler, cold-hearted, and remains clear-headed no matter how much he drinks. After getting demoted for antics involving a bear in Petersburg, he redeems himself by getting wounded and taking a prisoner at Schöngraben. While staying with Pierre Bezukhov, Dolokhov is rumored to have had an affair with Hélène, whereupon Pierre challenges him to a duel. After recovering from his dueling wound, Dolokhov befriends Nikolai Rostov and proposes to Sonya Rostov. To get back at Nikolai for Sonya’s refusal, Dolokhov goads Nikolai into a card game in which Nikolai racks up massive debt. After a stint as a Persian princes official, Dolokhov returns to war, asking and getting Pierre’s forgiveness on the eve of the battle of Borodino. He shows up again fighting alongside Denisov during partisan warfare in the fall of 1812.

Dolokhov Quotes in War and Peace

The War and Peace quotes below are all either spoken by Dolokhov or refer to Dolokhov. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Volume 2, Part 2: Chapters 15–18 Quotes

Here in the regiment everything was clear and simple. The whole world was divided into two unequal parts: one was our Pavlogradsky regiment, the other— all the rest. And with this rest he had nothing to do. In the regiment, everything was known: who was a lieutenant, who a captain, who was a good and who a bad man, and— above all— who was a comrade. […]

Having entered once more into these definite conditions of regimental life, Rostov experienced a joy and peace similar to what a weary man feels when he lies down to rest. This regimental life was the more pleasurable for Rostov during this campaign in that, after losing to Dolokhov (an act for which, despite all his family’s reassurances, he could not forgive himself), he had resolved to serve not as before, but, in order to smooth over his guilt, to serve well and be a perfectly excellent comrade and officer, that is, a fine human being— which seemed so difficult in the world, but so possible in the regiment.

Related Characters: Nikolai Rostov, Dolokhov
Page Number: 395
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Dolokhov Character Timeline in War and Peace

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Volume 1, Part 1: Chapters 5–6
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While making Pierre drink glass after glass of wine, Anatole explains that Dolokhov, an army officer, is making a bet with Stevens, an English sailor, that Dolokhov can... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapters 7–11
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...soirée. And now Pierre has been banished to Moscow for his behavior at Anatole’s. With Dolokhov and Kuragin, he got in trouble for driving around with a bear in the carriage.... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 2: Chapters 1–3
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...nearest. At one point, Prince Andrei steps forward to remind Kutuzov about the demoted officer Dolokhov. Hearing his name, Dolokhov steps forward, saying he wants a chance to wipe out his... (full context)
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...third company walks toward its quarters, the regimental commander questions the company captain, Timokhin, about Dolokhov’s behavior. Timokhin explains that Dolokhov occasionally becomes “a beast,” but the regimental commander pities the... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 2: Chapters 13–20
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...From here, Russian and French soldiers study one another, laughing and talking curiously. Andrei sees Dolokhov taunting the French. Then another officer lets out a stream of nonsense words, pretending it’s... (full context)
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...that they’re surrounded and cut off. But when the French suddenly retreat, Timokhin’s company (including Dolokhov) pursue them with terrifying ferocity. Dolokhov sustains a bayonet wound and captures an officer, both... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 14–19
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...cannonfire continues to fall in the midst of a dense, desperate crowd of fleeing soldiers. Dolokhov, wounded, leads what’s left of the regiment across a dam. He tests the frozen pond... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 1: Chapters 1–6
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...letter from Boris. In pitying tones, she gossips about the countess Hélène’s rumored affair with Dolokhov, whom Pierre had invited to his Petersburg estate. (full context)
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...naturally belongs, and the older ones who share his wealth and status. Nikolai talks with Dolokhov, whom he’s recently befriended. When Prince Bagration is announced, he comes in wearing a new... (full context)
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...drinks as much as ever, he seems distracted and depressed. It’s about the rumors of Dolokhov’s affair with his wife; he’d even received an anonymous letter that morning warning him about... (full context)
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Pierre is so lost in thought that he fails to toast the Emperor. Then, Dolokhov provokes Pierre by raising a toast to pretty women. At this, Pierre lunges across the... (full context)
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Early the next morning, Pierre, Nesvitsky, Dolokhov, Denisov, and Rostov meet at the Sokolniki woods. Pierre hasn’t slept. He feels painfully conscious... (full context)
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...counts to three, and the adversaries start marching toward each other. When Pierre fires in Dolokhov’s direction, the loud gunshot startles Pierre. There’s no return shot. As the smoke clears, he... (full context)
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As Rostov and Denisov take the wounded Dolokhov back to Moscow, Dolokhov begs Rostov to go to his house and prepare his mother... (full context)
...the old Count Bezukhov’s study, unable to rest. He keeps picturing his wife’s face and Dolokhov’s beside it, alternately wearing a mocking or suffering expression. He tries to understand how this... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 1: Chapters 10–16
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...rest of the Rostovs spend the summer in the country, Nikolai becomes good friends with Dolokhov, who’s recovering from his dueling wound. Dolokhov’s doting mother, Marya Ivanovna, tells Nikolai that her... (full context)
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...young, eligible girls—Vera, Sonya, and Natasha—there’s a romantic atmosphere in their home. When Nikolai brings Dolokhov home for a visit, Natasha takes a passionate dislike to him, finding him wicked and... (full context)
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...the third day of Christmas, the Rostovs have a farewell dinner for Nikolai; Denisov and Dolokhov are there. When Nikolai gets home that evening, he notices an unsettled atmosphere around Sonya... (full context)
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Dolokhov stops coming to the Rostovs’ house. A few days later, Nikolai receives a note inviting... (full context)
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Nikolai wonders what Dolokhov’s motivations can be. After losing again, Nikolai takes Dolokhov aside and asks if he’ll accept... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 2: Chapters 1–4
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...visit him. He enters the room with the same solemn look Pierre had seen when Dolokhov’s second approached him before the duel. He looks strikingly different from the cheerful society man... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 2: Chapters 5–9
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Though Pierre and Dolokhov suffer no legal consequences for the duel, rumors spread. Now that Pierre is no longer... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 2: Chapters 10–14
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...their conversation drifts to Pierre’s marriage. When Pierre says it would’ve been wrong to kill Dolokhov in the duel, Prince Andrei says it wouldn’t necessarily have been wrong—people have always been... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 5–10
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Natasha also spots Dolokhov, surrounded by Moscow’s most popular young men. Recently, he’s served as a minister to some... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 11–13
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Anatole likes Dolokhov, while Dolokhov, who habitually manipulates others, befriends and uses Anatole for his connections. After the... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 14–17
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Anatole has been staying with Dolokhov, and together they’ve made a plan to abduct Natasha. Natasha is supposed to sneak out... (full context)
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Anatole paces Dolokhov’s house, smiling. Dolokhov urges him to drop the plan—his marriage will be discovered, and Anatole... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 19–23
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...notices the crowd surrounding Pierre and wants to see him. On his way, Pierre spots Dolokhov and learns that his old enemy has been demoted to the ranks. As Pierre and... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 3: Chapters 5–9
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...soldiers and wishes he could share their “common life.” He thinks of the duel with Dolokhov, his Masonic initiation, and dinners at the English club. At one point, he dreams of... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 3: Chapters 1–4
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...French transport of cavalry supplies which includes Russian prisoners; it’s on its way to Smolensk. Dolokhov, too, has a small party of partisans nearby. Denisov has captured a French drummer boy... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 3: Chapters 5–11
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...this off, wanting to seem mature enough for Denisov. When Denisov hears good news about Dolokhov, he cheers up and asks Petya to tell him about himself. (full context)
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When Dolokhov arrives and plans to scope out the French encampment, Petya defies Denisov and goes along.... (full context)
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After receiving word that the French will surrender, Dolokhov looks at Petya’s body and tells Denisov that the boy is “finished.” The Cossacks look... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 3: Chapters 12–15
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...clothes and food. Pierre weeps with joy and kisses the first soldier he sees. Meanwhile, Dolokhov stands by the manor house, watching hundreds of French prisoners file past, a cruel gleam... (full context)