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Beautiful but Terrible Words

Crime and Punishment Part IV, chapter 4

Sonia has read the story of Lazarus to Raskolnikov.

“That is all about the raising of Lazarus,” she whispered severely and abruptly, and turning away she stood motionless, not daring to raise her eyes to him.  She still trembled feverishly.  The candle-end was flickering out in the battered candle-stick, dimly lighting up in the poverty-stricken room the murderer and the harlot who had so strangely been reading together the eternal book.

I think Dostoyevsky could give Flaubert a run for his money.

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Posted by on August 26, 2012 in Crime and Punishment


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Unknown Gentleman

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?


Posted by on August 25, 2012 in Crime and Punishment


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