*spoilers ahead*

“ ‘Who is the murderer?’.. he said, as though unable to believe his ears. ‘Why, you are the murderer, Rodion Romanovich (Raskolnikov)! You are, sir…’ ”

Porfiry Petrovich (the policeman) is absolutely certain of Raskolnikov’s guilt, but out of respect to him tells him to confess and cooperate…

Marmaladov’s wife hosts a post-funeral banquet, and is hoping to use the event to show her neighbours that she even though she was widowed, poor, and had fallen down the social ladder, she was ‘no worse than they were’. As someone raised in a wealthy and prestigious family, she feels…

In the last 4 weeks of reading Crime and Punishment (which has gotten less and less daunting with each chapter, reducing the need for me to call it Franklin), I have focussed almost exclusively on Raskolnikov’s character. Driven by curiosity about how he could possibly commit a double murder and…

Part 3 of Crime and Punishment introduces the reader to Raskolnikov’s mother and sister, who have travelled to St. Petersburg on the invitation of Luzhin (the man who proposed to the sister). Raskolnikov’s cold and curt behaviour to those who try and help him isn’t any different to his family…

Some notes on Part 2 of Crime and Punishment, and some issues about digital platforms.

*Spoilers ahead*

On Part 2

Through most of Part 2 of Franklin, Raskolnikov deals with the mental and emotional aftermath of his crime on his own health and psyche. He murdered two people in cold blood and stole…

Getting through Franklin in an age of incompetence

tl/dr: I’m about to start reading Crime and Punishment and writing updates about it and about current events on a regular basis is going to be my commitment mechanism.

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