We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
War and Peace

War and Peace


by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace Volume 4, Part 3, Chapter 8 Summary

  • And then, in walks Dolokhov. Petya is totally starstruck. Dolokhov out-machos everyone else there; he’s got kind of a Bruce Willis Die Hard quality to him.
  • Denisov is ready to do the raid now. Dolokhov is all, no, we need to plan and still don’t know enough about their numbers and weapons.
  • Then Dolokhov whips out a couple of French uniforms and says he’ll go investigate. Anyone want to come with?
  • Petya is sitting there like the kid with his hand stretched way up in the classroom begging the teacher to call on him.
  • Dolokhov sees the drummer boy and viciously takes Denisov apart for not killing every French guy he comes across. Apparently Denisov takes prisoners and then lets them go.
  • Denisov says this way, if they die, the blood isn’t on his hands. Dolokhov mocks him for being naïve.
  • Petya can’t really follow most of their conversation. He totally has a man-crush on Dolokhov, though, and starts copying everything Dolokhov says.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...