Part 3, Chapters 3 and 4

Some chapters move along a lot more easily for me than others — these two are a pairing like that. Chapter 3 opens with Zossimov (the doctor friend) telling everyone Raskolnikov is doing a lot better. Of course we hear about his internal wounds and get a lot of sense that he is not doing…

Part 3, Ch 1 & 2

So, Raskolnikov has now slept off Razumikhin’s party. He wakes up to find Razumikhin talking to his mom and sister. The names in this book cause me some trouble,¬†because everyone has more than one version of their name and sometimes they’re all interchangeable. The mother is Pulcheria Alexandrovna and the sister is Avdotya Romanovna and¬†Raskolnikov…

Part 2, ch 7 

So the carriage just ran over Marmeladov, the drunk and wasteful dad who told us about his innocent and beautiful daughter Sonya who became a prostitute way back in Part 1, chapter 2.  Raskolnikov feels very excited that he recognizes him and tells the crowd where he lives and offers to pay for absolutely everything…

Part 2, Ch 6

So Raskolnikov’s friends and acquaintances leave and he immediately goes from being catatonic on the bed to getting himself dressed and going out. Apparently he’s been making himself so crazy he actually made himself temporarily stable, because “emotional tension, so strong in him that it had reached the point of calm, of a fixed idea,…

Part 2, Ch 4 & 5

(So, I went on vacation, and didn’t take this book, and then it was sort of nice not reading this book, so I stopped for a while. But I really want to finish it – or to have finished it, anyway – so I’m getting back into it. I have to admit the recaps I…