This was Dolokhov, an officer of the Semenov regiment, a notorious gambler and duelist, who was living with Anatole.
His reputation as a rake and gambler was so well established at the very beginning of his career that when he was dismissed from office in 1774 there was a general belief among the vulgar that he had been detected in actual theft.
A perfectly absurd and stupid fellow, and a gambler too, I am told.
Napoleon was experiencing a feeling of depression like that of an ever- lucky gambler who, after recklessly flinging money about and always winning, suddenly just when he has calculated all the chances of the game, finds that the more he considers his play the more surely he loses.
The king, himself a man of orderly life, detested him as a gambler and a rake.