Boris is an overlooked character in the book. He is the mirror of Dolokhov in that he is ambitious and even a little cold, but he’s not a bad man. He understands he must make his way in life by himself and by his wit, but he’s not immoral like Dolokhov. He plays by the rules, Dolokhov breaks the rules – and gets people killed. Yet we remember Dolokhov more because there is something to remember about him.