You got to hand it to Dolokhov for how he played Nikolai. Though it’s important to remember he had let Nikolai see a side of him no body outside of his mother and sister knew so his shame at being rejected by the cousin Rostov turned him quite vindictive and he got compensation.
Tolstoy kept using the image of Dolokhov’s “red hands and hairy wrists” as the source of power. Hands of fate. Hands of cards.