Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment Part 3, Chapter 3 Summary
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- So we're back in Raskolnikov's little room. We've got Zossimov (who's been there with Raskolnikov and says the boy is cured), Razumihin, Pulcheria, Dounia, and Nastasya.
- Raskolnikov is sitting upright.
- He looks sulky and you can still tell he's been sick.
- Zossimov has been psychoanalyzing him, but not out loud. He still thinks Raskolnikov is insane, but can't believe how much control Raskolnikov has over himself, compared to yesterday.
- Zossimov makes a show of lecturing Raskolnikov in front of the crowd. He says it's up to him to get better now. He needs to do something with himself and stop hiding away.
- Raskolnikov says that he'll go back to college very soon and then all will be well.
- Zossimov notices, and is confused by the fact, that Raskolnikov is mocking him.
- Still Raskolnikov praises the doctor and says he can't thank him enough for taking care of him.
- He thanks Razumihin, apologizes to his mother, and holds Dounia's hand warmly.
- Raskolnikov also apologizes for not visiting them that morning. It's just that he had blood all over his clothes and Nastasya was washing them for him.
- He explains how Marmeladov dying and how he gave money to the family.
- Apologizing for giving away money, he says he knows it was wrong and that the money wasn't his to give away.
- To fill the silence, Pulcheria tells Raskolnikov about Marfa dying, just after she wrote Raskolnikov about him.
- Apparently her husband beat her badly and, shortly after, she had a heart attack.
- Raskolnikov gets the idea that everybody is afraid of him and Dounia confirms this, much to the aggravation of her mother.
- Raskolnikov tries to comfort his mother, but then suddenly freaks out. He gets up like he's leaving. Somehow he regains control of himself and continues the conversation.
- Around this time, Zossimov leaves.
- Raskolnikov asks about Dounia's nice watch. He thinks it's a present from Luzhin, but the late Marfa actually gave it to her. Luzhin hasn't given her any gifts.
- They talk about how crappy Raskolnikov's room is and agree it's been a big part of his problem.
- Soon, Raskolnikov says that he's sorry for being a jerk, but he was serious about disliking Luzhin and about Dounia choosing between her brother and her fiancé.
- Dounia says he was wrong when he said she was marrying Luzhin to help Raskolnikov.
- She's doing it because she wants to live a more comfortable life. Luzhin is not perfect, but better than the alternative. Raskolnikov doesn't believe her.
- They argue and he looks like he's about to pass out again.
- His mother panics, blaming Dounia for upsetting him. Dounia says to give Raskolnikov the letter.
- After reading it, he says he's surprised that Luzhin is such an "uneducated" guy. He's referring to his writing style, not the content of the letter.
- He's irked that Luzhin has accused him of giving Sonia money for sex and he explains that the money was directly given to Katerina.
- Anyway, they all agree that Raskolnikov and Razumihin should be at today's get-together.
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