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Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment Part 5, Chapter 3 Summary
Luzhin wants to see Sonia. Everything goes quiet. He walks by Raskolnikov without paying any attention to him. Apologizing for intruding, he accuses Sonia of stealing 100 roubles from him. Everybody is watching. Luzhin pressures Sonia for an answer. She says she didn't do it. So, he launches into a long argument explaining how it had to be Sonia that took his cash. He says that Andrey Semyonovitch saw the whole thing and will back him up. Sonia is firm —she says all she has is the 10. Katerina grabs it and throws it at Luzhin. He calls her crazy. Sonia thinks everybody is looking at her meanly. Apparently, Raskolnikov is looking at her, too, and his eyes are "glowing." Luzhin threatens to call the police. Katerina argues in Sonia's defense with extreme passion and conviction. To prove Sonia's innocence, she searches her. The 100 rouble bill is found on her. Luzhin is excited. Amelia wants Sonia sent to Siberia. Sonia swears she's innocent. Katerina swears that she believes her and asks Raskolnikov to stick up for her. Raskolnikov and Luzhin stare at each other. Sonia's family cries and clings to her. All of a sudden, Andrey Semyonovitch comes on the scene. He's been listening at the door. He says Luzhin is making up the whole thing, that he saw him put the money in Sonia's pocket when he was showing her the door. He thought Luzhin was just being nice, trying not to embarrass Sonia by publicly giving her charity. But, he had been worried all night about Sonia losing the money and he'd come to tell her it was in her pocket. Luzhin denies everything, but nobody believes him. "Murmurs of disapproval" are floating around. Even though Andrey Semyonovitch isn't a great speaker, everybody in the room is convinced. He wants to tell his story to the police. Raskolnikov pipes up. He's figured out Luzhin's motivation and he explains it. He tells the crowd everything that's been going on with Luzhin and his family. If Luzhin can make Sonia look really bad, Dounia will think he was sincere and correct in thinking Sonia was bad news. Then, there would be trouble between Dounia and Raskolnikov. Maybe Raskolnikov would be alienated from the family and Luzhin could step in. Andrey Semyonovitch agrees with Raskolnikov and adds some more details to show why. Raskolnikov is about to pipe up again, but nobody lets him. Andrey Semyonovitch tells Luzhin to move out, now. Luzhin makes his exit, threatening legal action. A clerk tries to hit Luzhin with a glass but hits Amalia instead. Sonia can't take it, so she leaves. The landlady goes wild, telling Katerina to move out, and even throws her stuff around. Katerina leaves the kids, with Polenka in charge, so she can go find help. The landlady continues her freakout. Raskolnikov leaves to go to Sonia's place.
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