Dangerous Game

22 Aug

What is Raskolnikov doing in Part II chapter 6?

Does he want to be caught?!

Rask’s in the restaurant.  Zametov is there too and comes over to talk with his suspect.  The junior police officer is on high alert.

I ask again does Rask want to be caught?

What game is he playing?

He drops hints and makes plays on words.

He even explains to Zametov exactly how he’d commit a forgery crime.

Does he love the thrill of almost being caught?

     “And what if it was I who murdered the old woman and Lizaveta?” he said suddenly and–realised what he had done.
Zametov looked wildly at him and turned white as the tablecloth.   His face wore a contorted smile.
“But is it possible?” he brought out faintly.  Raskolnikov looked wrathfully at him.
“Own up that you believed it, yes, you did?”
“Not a bit of it, I believe it less than ever now,” Zametov cried hastily.

A few paragraphs later, Rask makes a quick exit while Zametov remains at the restaurant.

     Zametov, left alone, sat for a long time in the same place, plunged in thought.  Raskolnikov had unwittingly worked a revolution in his brain on a certain point and had made up his mind for him conclusively.

Raskolnikov, what are you doing?  Do you want to spend the rest of your life standing in one “square yard of space“?

And the worst part is… I don’t know if I hope that you get away with your crime or if I wish that you’d get caught!

1 Comment

Posted by on August 22, 2012 in Crime and Punishment


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One response to “Dangerous Game

  1. Ruth Lopez

    August 23, 2012 at 10:59 am

    That is concerning, too, wondering whose side I am on: the protagonist or the poor old woman.


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