Crime and Punishment - Part 6: Chapter 3 Summary & Analysis

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Part 6: Chapter 3 Summary

Raskolnikov sets off in search of Svidrigaylov, in order to keep him from telling Porfiry about his confession, or blackmailing his sister with the information. Wandering in the city, he accidentally spots Svidrigaylov in a restaurant and then goes in. Raskolnikov says it is an odd coincidence to meet like this, but Svidrigaylov says he should just admit that it is a miracle. Raskolnikov threatens to kill Svidrigaylov if he should blackmail his sister, but the latter claims to have no ultimate aims, he is just observing him to relieve his boredom. Svidrigaylov admits he has no profession and his main interest is women. He also has a terrible fear of death. He tells Raskolnikov that Dunya herself tried to save him and change his character.

Part 6: Chapter 3 Analysis

Svidrigaylov is a fascinating complex character whose motives are never completely clear. He is often very...

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