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Crime and Punishment Part 3, Chapter 2

By Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Part 3, Chapter 2

  • This chapter is mostly from Razumihin's perspective (since Raskolnikov is asleep).
  • It's the next morning, around 8 a.m., and Razumihin wakes up.
  • He knows something has happened to himhe's fallen in loveand he can't believe it.
  • At the same time, he believes that Dounia is quite out of his league and so he's extremely embarrassed about falling for her in the first place.
  • He feels particularly disgraced by how rough and cruel he'd been in his drunken state last night and that he'd spoken so badly about Luzhin to Dounia. He begins to defend Luzhin in his mind.
  • He decides he won't say anything to Dounia and her mother but rather just be very quiet and take care of the business at hand.
  • Still, he spends extra time getting dressed. Though even if he did have nicer clothes, he wouldn't have worn them. His are clean anyway.
  • Razumihin debates about whether or not to shave and decides not to. They might think he shaved to impress Dounia.
  • Zossimov comes in.
  • When Razumihin tells him that Raskolnikov is still sleeping, Zossimov says everybody should let him rest as long as he wants.
  • Razumihin says he wishes he hadn't told Raskolnikovand his mother and sisterthat Raskolnikov's sanity is in question.
  • Zossimov thinks Raskolnikov is a "hypochondriac" and either is or has been "mad."
  • Raskolnikov is also "vain."
  • According to Zossimov, Raskolnikov heard about the murder in the police station, then heard about the murder again when he first woke up from being sick, and heard about the murder once more when Luzhin visited. The doctor thinks that Raskolnikov has begun to believe he is the murderer, prompting his strange behavior in the Crystal Palace with Zametov.
  • It's all very clear to ZossimovRaskolnikov is insane but not a murderer. However, because Zametov told Porfiry (the chief investigator, remember) about the Crystal Palace incident, Raskolnikov is a suspect.
  • Razumihin thinks it doesn't matter, implying that Raskolnikov has nothing to hide.
  • He gets to the women's rooms at 9 a.m. on the dot.
  • They have been waiting anxiously for his arrival and order breakfast tea.
  • When they ask about Razumihin's family, he says he is an orphan. He has an uncle who comes to visit him but never recognizes him.
  • Pulcheria is glad her son is asleep because she needs to talk to Razumihin about something before she sees him.
  • Pulcheria interrogates him for information on her son.
  • He says that Raskolnikov is kind, smart, noble, etc., but he's also a cold fish, living in his head, slouching around, with his feelings all bottled up inside him and too busy thinking to crack a joke every once in a while.
  • It's almost as if he's two completely different people.
  • Razumihin thinks having the women around will be good for Raskolnikov.
  • Pulcheria prays to God that they can help.
  • Razumihin starts checking out Dounia, who, like her brother, gets up and paces, right in the middle of a conversation.
  • He can tell the two women are poor and thinks that, if Dounia were dressed expensively, he wouldn't be so afraid of her. She commends him for being frank about her brother.
  • For some reason, Razumihin tells them that Raskolnikov loves no one and "perhaps […] never will." Dounia asks if he means that Raskolnikov can't love anyone.
  • Razumihin doesn't answer but says out loud that she is just like her brother.
  • Then, he's embarrassed because he just said some pretty weird stuff about Raskolnikov.
  • Pulcheria agrees that her son is odd, and always has been. She uses this to bring up the subject of Raskolnikov's dead fiancée.
  • Pulcheria did not want the marriage to happen. Razumihin, to their surprise, says the landlady hadn't wanted the marriage to happen, either.
  • The girl was unattractive, strange, sickly, and had no money. Razumihin admits she couldn't have been all bad if Raskolnikov wanted her.
  • Pulcheria says she was glad when the girl died. Now, she wants to talk about Luzhin.
  • Razumihin says Raskolnikov wasn't consumed with madness when he threw Luzhin outthat was intentional.
  • Luzhin is really a decent guy, he tells them, and apologizes for talking trash about him the night before. He blames it on the fact that he was drunk.
  • Speaking of Luzhin, the ladies want to show Razumihin a letter from him.
  • In the letter, he apologizes that he's been too busy working to see them, but he promises to see them tomorrow night at 8 p.m., their place.
  • He doesn't want Raskolnikov (who insulted him terribly) to be there.
  • If Raskolnikov is there, Luzhin will leave. And, if that happens, it will be all Dounia's fault.
  • The letter also insinuates that Raskolnikov gave Sonia money for sex.
  • Upset, Pulcheria asks Razumihin what they should do.
  • He answers that they should do whatever Dounia wants. What she wants is for Raskolnikov to show up.
  • Speaking of Raskolnikov, they decide to go visit him now.
  • As they go, Pulcheria says she never thought she would be afraid of her son the way she is now. She says that she dreamed about Marfa Petrovna, who is now dead.
  • (Remember her? Marfa is Svidrigaïlov's wife. We heard about her in Pulcheria's first letter.)
  • Razumihin doesn't know who she is, but Dounia says they can tell him the story later.
  • They are at Raskolnikov's building. Pulcheria is scared.
  • When they get to the fourth floor, where the landlady lives, they first see somebody's eyes peeking from behind her door. As soon as the eyes see them, the door slams.

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