And now Dolohov enters for what I think is his last major story segment in War and Peace. I can’t remember. Oddly enough, there’s not the wild crazy man element that used to be there right back at the beginning.
The only thing that remains is the lack of compassion for most other human beings. Denisov doesn’t really want to kill prisoners, especially not the drummer boy. Dolohov wouldn’t take those sorts of chances.
Petya sits in the corner and is uncomfortable, but feels that if this is what the grown-ups think, it must be true . . .
This reminds me a bit of the execution scene in the last book. When it’s war, and people are accidentally getting killed by bullets and cannons, that’s bearable. It’s the cold-blooded murder of other men that is far more disturbing, and that’s brought out here.