Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment Part 6, Chapter 8 Summary
READ THE BOOK: Part 6, Chapter 8
- It's dark by the time he gets to Sonia's place.
- She's waiting for him. Dounia had waited with her for a long time. The two women are now friends. It was awkward at first, because each thinks the other is superior.
- They were both really worried that Raskolnikov was about to kill himself (or had already done so).
- Finally, Dounia got restless there and went to Raskolnikov's room to wait for him.
- Without each other's company, their worries about suicide intensified unbearably.
- When Raskolnikov shows up, Sonia is standing at the window, worried, as the sun sets.
- Seeing him, she gets happy, but the look on his face stops her smile.
- He tells her he wants those crosses she offered him before. He's ready to carry out her plan for penance.
- She realizes that what he says, and the way he says it, are "a mask" for his real feelings.
- The thing that irritates him most right now, he tells Sonia, is the scene that will follow his surrender to the police – all the questions he's going to have to answer.
- Forget Porfiry, he tells her. It's "the Explosive Lieutenant" (Ilya) he wants to receive his confession.
- He asks again for the crosses.
- Sonia gets them and puts the copper one around his neck.
- He tells Sonia that he came "to warn her," but he doesn't say of what. He realizes he wanted to tell her something, but now he can't remember.
- Tears flow from Sonia's eyes, irritating Raskolnikov, who asks her to dry up a little.
- He wonders why she's crying for him, since she isn't even his mother or sister.
- She begs him to at least pray for a minute.
- He agrees to, and notices she plans to come with him to the police station. He doesn't like that one bit and insists that she stay put.
- On the street, he wonders if he did the right thing. He realizes that he didn't tell Sonia good-bye.
- He realizes he only visited Sonia to see her fear, to scare her.
- He beats himself up about it and, outside the Hay Market, he gives a beggar some money, laughing at the absurdity of it.
- Suddenly, he remembers what Sonia had told him to do when he first confessed to her – get down on his knees and pray and scream out that he is a murderer.
- He starts crying and falls to his knees.
- Of course, the people around him start making jokes about him – the mood is wrong for screaming out that he's a murderer.
- When he gets on his knees again, he catches a glimpse of Sonia, hiding behind some wood. It hits him: "Sonia was with him for ever and would follow him to the ends of the earth."
- At the police station, he thinks he might not do it. But Ilya is there, and he greets Raskolnikov in a friendly way.
- He tells Raskolnikov he never thought he was the killer, and then about a suicide that happened that morning. He can't remember the name of the man.
- A clerk tells him: Svidrigaïlov. Raskolnikov says he knew him, and Ilya is delighted. He wants to question Raskolnikov.
- Raskolnikov starts feeling weird and he leaves, telling Ilya he was looking for Zametov.
- Outside, he sees Sonia, looking desperate.
- He gives her a blank grin, then goes back to Ilya.
- Ilya brings him water, and guides him to a chair, thinking he's sick.
- Raskolnikov says, "It was I killed the old pawnbroker woman and her sister Lizaveta with an axe and robbed them."
READ THE BOOK: Part 6, Chapter 8