Crime and Punishment - Study Guide Part 5: Chapter 3 Summary & Analysis

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Luzhin interrupts the dismal party with a dramatic accusation of Sonia, claiming she has stolen 100 rubles from his desk. He points to Lebezyatnikov, his roommate, as a witness.

Sonia denies this emphatically, even returns the gift of 10 rubles. Mrs. Marmaladov determines to show Sonia's innocence by searching her, since the girl has not left the room since coming from Luzhin's. Expecting to find nothing in the girl's pockets, Mrs. Marmaladov becomes hysterical when she finds a hundred ruble note hidden there. Pretending to have compassion, Luzhin offers to makes a gift of the hundred rubles.

His plan backfires; however, when Lebezyatnikov appears he angrily announces he had seen Luzhin secretly plant the 100-ruble note in Sonia's pocket. Lebezyatnikov mistook this sly move for charity, but now sees Luzhin was framing Sonia to humiliate her. Raskolnikov adds that Luzhin's was aiming to wound him, not Sonia...

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