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War and Peace

War and Peace


by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace Volume 2, Part 1, Chapter 13 Summary

  • Nikolai hasn’t seen Dolokhov in three days. He’s kind of stressing about whether they’re still friends or not.
  • He gets an invitation to a going-away party Dolokhov is throwing for himself before leaving for the army and decides to check it out.
  • It’s a gambling party and everyone is playing.
  • Even though he is pretty sure Dolokhov is a card shark (you know, a cheater), Nikolai can’t help himself and sits down to play.
  • And sure enough, he loses and loses and loses.
  • Finally, he’s down 800 rubles. Double or nothing bet...and he loses another 800. Dude, walk away.
  • But it doesn’t matter. Now Nikolai is really in trouble – he only has 1200 rubles to last him until spring, and now he’s 1600 in the hole. Guess it’s time to go hit up daddy for more money.
  • Nikolai keeps playing.

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