He asks Raskolnikov if he knows what it is like to have absolutely no place to turn to

He asks Raskolnikov if he knows what it is like to have absolutely no place to turn to

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Unformatted text preview: He asks Raskolnikov if he knows what it is like to have absolutely no place to turn to, to be in utter despair and to suffer without recourse to any action. He took Sonya's last 30 kopecks to buy drinks. He is scared to go home because Katerina will beat him and he deserves it. Raskolnikov, who has wanted to leave, decides to help Marmeladov home where he sees the abject poverty that he, Katerina, and the three children live in. After witnessing a horrible scene between Marmeladov and Katerina, he scrapes through his pockets and leaves them some of his scant money. The introduction of Marmeladov at this point is central to Raskolnikov's theories. He has just left a woman (Alyona Ivanovna) who is filthy, greasy, and lives the life of a "louse"; he is repulsed by her and plans to murder her. Yet, here he meets Marmeladov who is also filthy, greasy, with dirty hands and plans to murder her....
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