Monthly Archives: January 2011

“…and most of all you’re a sinner because you destroyed yourself and betrayed yourself in vain. Isn’t that a horror!”

Part Four, Chapters 4-5 by Dennis Abrams Raskolnikov visits Sonya. Her barnlike room, its “very irregular rectangular shape,” with “almost no furniture,” and “yellowish, frayed and shabby wallpaper…The poverty was evident; there not even curtains over the bed.” Raskolnikov tells … Continue reading

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“Pyotr Petrovich belonged to that category of people who appear extremely affable in company, and with a special claim to affability, but who, as soon as something grates on them, instantly lose all their resources and begin to seem more like sacks of flour than offhand and convivial cavaliers.”

Part Four, Chapters Two and Three by Dennis Abrams Razumikhin vows to help protect Sonya from Svidrigailov. Raskolnikov is glad that Razumikhin actually saw Svidrigailov, “Because, you know…I was thinking, I keep imagining, it might have been a ghost…And who … Continue reading

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“We keep imagining eternity as an idea that cannot be grasped, something vast, vast! But why must it be vast? Instead of all that, imagine suddenly that there will be one little room there, something like a village bathhouse, covered with soot, with spiders in all the corners, and that’s the whole of eternity.”

Part Four, Chapter Two by Dennis Abrams Is Svidrigailov a continuation of Raskolnikov’s dream? “The whole question here is: am I a monster, or a victim myself?” Svidrigailov defends his treatment of his wife. “And what is there to laugh … Continue reading

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“In short, I deduce that all, not only great men, but even those who are a tiny bit off the beaten track — that is, who are a tiny bit capable of saying something new — by their very nature cannot fail to be criminals, more or less, to be sure.”

Part Three, Chapters 4-6 by Dennis Abrams Sonya Semyonovna Marmeladov arrives at Raskolnikov’s room. Her humiliation leads to pity. Where should she sit? An invitation to Raskolnikov to attend Marmeladov’s funeral and the meal afterwards, none of which would have … Continue reading

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“…it suddenly became perfectly plain and clear to him that he had just uttered a terrible lie, that not only would he never have the chance to talk all he wanted, but that it was no longer possible for him to talk at all, with anyone, about anything, ever.”

Part Three, Chapter Three by Dennis Abrams Zossimov proclaims Raskolnikov “well.” Raskolnikov’s “pale and sullen face brightened momentarily, as if with light, when his mother entered, but this seemed to lend only a more concentrated torment to his expression, in … Continue reading

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“Because these monomaniacs turn a drop into an ocean, they think any sort of claptrap is a reality…”

Part Three, Chapter Two by Dennis Abrams Razumikhin recovers from his night of drinking and self-embarrassment. Going over the events of the evening, “He swung with all his might and hit the kitchen stove with his fist, hurting his hand … Continue reading

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“Lying in one’s own way is almost better than telling the truth in someone else’s way; in the first case you’re a man, and in the second — no better than a bird!”

Part Three, Chapter One by Dennis Abrams Raskolnikov, his mother and sister, Razumikhin. Raskolnikov tried to send them away, informs his sister that he had, in fact, threatened to throw Luzhin down the stairs, and warns her not to marry … Continue reading

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