57% done with War and Peace


This is my 4th time reading the novel but never remembered this scene between Dolokhov and Pierre. I don’t know what to make of it, really – Dolokhov seems perfectly sincere in his wish to be forgiven by Pierre. My best guess is that Dolokhov is a precursor to Dostoevsky’s Smerdyakov: a character as complex as a real person whom the reader must find a way to love and forgive. Dolokhov fascinates.