Crime and Punishment Part III, chapter 4
Sonia has asked Rask to come to the memorial dinner for her father (Wasn’t Marm’s death sad and disturbing?). On her way home, she’s followed by an “unknown gentleman”.
The man is described as a well-dressed fifty-year-old with light hair and beard. His healthy coloring shows that he’s a visitor to St. Petersburg. “His eyes were blue and had a cold and thoughtful look.”
In the margin of my book I wrote, “Who is this man?” “Is it Porfiry?”
He follows Sonia all the way to her door where both Sonia and the reader are told that he’s renting a room right next door. Oh, I was afraid for Sonia. Those cold eyes had me worried. Did you like how Dostoyevsky let us finish the chapter not knowing the man’s identity? He’s a sneaky one that Russian author is, and he seems to enjoy leaving his readers in suspense.
Did you know who the mysterious stranger was?
or like me… did you have to keep reading?