Luzhin’s vanity

01 Sep

Pyotr Petrovich Luzhin’s meeting with his fiancé and her mother did not go as planned (Part IV, chapter 2).  Rask and Raz crash the party.  The chapter ends with the Raskolnikov family throwing Luzhin out.  Luzhin’s feelings are hurt, but it’s a good fifty pages before we hear from him again.

Part V, chapter 1

The morning that followed the fateful interview with Dounia and her mother brought sobering influences to bear on Pyotr Petrovitch.  Intensely unpleasant as it was, he was forced little by little to accept as a fact beyond recall what had seemed to him only the day before fantastic and incredible.

This is the spot where Dostoyevsky crafts a beautiful sentence.

The black snake of wounded vanity had been gnawing at his heart all night.

I love the imagery.




Posted by on September 1, 2012 in Crime and Punishment


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2 responses to “Luzhin’s vanity

  1. Sandy

    September 2, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Yes, I remember that line, too! Mine had only slightly different wording. I agree, great imagery!


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