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Crime and Punishment Love

By Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Part 1, Chapter 3

Good-bye, till we meet then—I embrace you warmly, warmly, with many kisses.

Yours till death, PULCHERIA RASKOLNIKOV. (1.3.38)

Pulcheria really loves her son. Her sign-off speaks to this love and cruelly foreshadows her death, to which her grief over his act contributes. A big part of her identity is her success as a parent. When she learns of the murders, that identity is shattered.

Part 2, Chapter 7
Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov

[Raskolnikov:] "I've just been kissed by someone who, if I had killed anyone, would just the fact I saw someone else there...with a flame-coloured feather." (2.7.135)

The kiss was from Polenka, Sonia's sister. This is not a Svidrigaïlov moment, mind you. Raskolnikov expresses deep concern for Polenka many times. The passage also comments on the big impression Sonia makes on him the first time he sees her.

Part 5, Chapter 1
Pyotr Petrovitch Luzhin

[Luzhin:] "Am I to get married simply for the sake of the furniture?" (5.1.2)

This is a pretty funny line. We can almost empathize with Luzhin at this moment. He's gone to some trouble to set up a nice home for Dounia. Too bad he wants her there as his slave.

Part 6, Chapter 4
Arkady Ivanovitch Svidrigaïlov

[Svidrigaïlov:] "[…] I was in the debtors' prison here, for an immense sum, and had not any expectation of being able to pay it." (6.4.1)

This doesn't sound like it belongs under "love." But, as we know, Marfa paid off the debt Svidrigaïlov is talking about. Whatever we think of her, she was in love with him, though her feelings probably changed considerably before she died.

Epilogue, Part 1

[Razumihin and Dounia] were continually making plans for the future; both counted on settling in Siberia within five years at least. (Epilogue.1.13)

This is one of the novel's more heartwarming moments. Razumihin and Dounia seem to be a genuinely loving couple. We feel good about their union. The passage also comments on the deep love they both have for Raskolnikov, which is a big part of what binds them together.

Epilogue, Part 2
Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov

[Raskolnikov and Sonia] were renewed by love; the heart of each held infinite sources of life for the heart of the other. (Epilogue.2.23)

Wow. Isn't that a contrast to the rest of the novel? This is what we all want. In some ways, love between Raskolnikov and Sonia seems impossible, even though their attraction is undeniable. This ending makes love seem possible for almost anybody.

Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov

[Raskolnikov:] "For one [Dounia] loves, for one she adores, she will sell herself!" (1.4.5)

Here, Raskolnikov is referring to Dounia, but he underestimates her. Although Dounia does think Luzhin can help Raskolnikov, once she knows what Luzhin's true intentions are, she calls it off. Raskolnikov's love for her certainly makes this easier.

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