27% done with War and Peace

Dolokhov is a bastard, but he knows how to get ahead when the odds of society are stacked against him. In a way he is like an American who not having any rules to play by (like the Ambassador in Remains of the Day) can play his own game, best the old school aristocrats at their own game and come out ahead while ruining them. You have to admire a person like that even if they are quite awful.