Part 4, Chapter 5


I think maybe I just hate the chapters with no women talking?

Raskolnikov goes into Porfiry Petrovich’s office (the police investigator) and tries to get him to say point-blank if he’s going to accuse him of murdering Alyona and Lizaveta or not.

Porfiry Petrovich won’t tell him what he’s going to do. He acts like he is Raskolnikov’s friend.

They go back and forth with mindgames.


And it ends with “but here a strange incident occurred, something so unexpected” that neither of them could have predicted it.

End of chapter.

PS – Why is Porfiry Petrovich one character and Pyotr Petrovich (aka Luzhin) a different one? There are not that many characters in this damn book.




Image of Porfiry Petrovich and Raskolnikov from a 2010 play of C&P by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis found here


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