Crime and Punishment Part I chapter 7
There had to be a crime. It’s in the title. And if Dostoyevsky’s novel was a game of Clue we’d all be winners. We know the who, the where, and the with what.
Raskolnikov at Alyona Ivanovna’s with the axe.
He’s been plotting it for a month. He even took us along for a dry run. We had a good eighty pages building up to the actual event.
Did any of the details surprise you?
I did not foresee Lizaveta’s murder, and I certainly did not expect the men in the hallway as Rask tried to escape.
Did you think that Rask was going to be caught?
Did you notice the author’s twisted sense of humor? Looking for the pawn broker, Koch rattles the door and says, “What’s up? Are they asleep, or murdered?” Um… actually yes. Yes, they’ve both been murdered and their murderer is on the other side of this door holding the newly washed murder weapon.
So now that we’ve read about the crime, it’s time to dive into the punishment.
or maybe there’s more crime to come.
“He longed to run away from the place as fast as possible. And if at that moment he had been capable of seeing and reasoning more correctly, if he had been able to realise all the difficulties of his position, the hopelessness, the hideousness and the absurdity of it, if he could have understood how many obstacles and, perhaps, crimes he had still to overcome or to commit, to get out of that place and to make his way home, it is very possible that he would have flung up everything, and would have gone to give himself up, and not from fear, but from simple horror and loathing of what he had done.”