And now, we jump back to Moscow, and Nikolai is spending a lot of time with Dolohov and Dolohov’s Mum. Due to Dolohov’s life policy of only being kind to the three or four people that he likes, we now have a pretty good understanding of what makes him tick.
There are actually some people like this – I remember being similar to this in my teenage years – where there were a few people that I was intensely loyal to, and I didn’t really care about much else.
I must say that I didn’t find it a very workable strategy as I got older, so I don’t really recommend the Dolohov approach to life. But it is quite possible that he is a genuinely caring son and sister, while using and abusing everyone else around him . . .
All of which makes for a fascinating twist, when he sets his eye on young Sonya. (Who would have seen this coming back at the beginning of the book?) More soap tomorrow!