Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment Part 4, Chapter 6 Summary
- This is how Raskolnikov will remember the scene at some point in the future:
- Commotion is building outside the door.
- Porfiry is puzzled and claims he gave orders that he shouldn't be disturbed.
- He asks what the people at the door want. They say that Nikolay (the painter accused of murder) wants to see him.
- Apparently Nikolay was supposed to come after Raskolnikov, but Nikolay bursts into the room and confesses to murdering the two women.
- Porfiry doesn't buy it and questions him to be sure.
- Porfiry momentarily forgot about Raskolnikov, and now tells Raskolnikov that they should catch up later.
- Raskolnikov, sneering, reminds him about the big "surprise."
- As usual, Porfiry doesn't answer the question, but makes witty remarks instead.
- Porfiry says he'll see Raskolnikov later. Raskolnikov says Porfiry will not see him later.
- They go on that way for a few minutes.
- Then Raskolnikov apologizes to him for getting so worked up.
- Porfiry reassures him that everything is OK and that he wants them to spend lots of time together. He asks if Raskolnikov is going to a "birthday party."
- "A funeral," Raskolnikov tells him. Then he tells Porfiry that he thinks his department is like a bad comedy. (Translation: Porfiry is silly.)
- Raskolnikov says that it's funny the way Porfiry harasses poor Nikolay until he prefers to confess than play the game.
- Porfiry chuckles, and congratulates Raskolnikov on his cleverness (still trying to shoo him away), then says Raskolnikov reminds him of a character by Gogol (an excellent and tragically funny Russian writer. Click here for more.)
- Finally, Raskolnikov actually leaves. He can't imagine what Nikolay's confession means. It's too complicated to think about. The meeting with Porfiry has freaked him out.
- He wonders what's up with this weird business about a surprise? Is this all a joke, or is he a suspect?
- Suddenly, Raskolnikov gets happy. He wants to get to the funeral, so that he can get to the dinner and see (insert sigh) Sonia.
- Then he looks like he's in anguish, and says out loud, "To-day! To-day. Yes, to-day! So it must be...."
- Then he sees the scary man from yesterday (the one who accused him of being a murderer).
- The man says he falsely accused Raskolnikov. He was there at the pawnbroker's building when Raskolnikov asked about the blood and pretended he wanted a room.
- He found out what he could about Raskolnikov and then went to Porfiry.
- This man was supposed to be Porfiry's "surprise."
- Raskolnikov asks if he heard the interview with Nikolay, but apparently Porfiry gave him the boot just after he'd given it to Raskolnikov.
- The man says, "Forgive me for my evil thoughts and my slander."
- Raskolnikov says he hopes God forgives the man. (He's not mean about it.)
- Now that all that's cleared up, Raskolnikov is "confident" once again. He beats himself up for having been afraid.
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