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Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment Part 3, Chapter 3 Summary
So, we're back in Raskolnikov's little room. We've got Zossimov (who's been there with Raskolnikov and says he 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 died and that 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. 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 he's 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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