Porfiry also wants to explain all the various circumstances that led him to think Raskolnikov is the

Porfiry also wants to explain all the various circumstances that led him to think Raskolnikov is the

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Porfiry also wants to explain all the various circumstances that led him to think Raskolnikov is the  murderer — the pledges, the theory, the illness, the return to the scene of the crime, and other  matters. He then explains why Nikolay the painter confessed to the murder. The painter happens to  belong to an old religious order, which believes that man should suffer and to suffer at the hands of  authorities is the best type of suffering, but above all "simply suffering is necessary." At the end of his narration, Porfiry then explains how Nikolay could not have committed the murder.  Instead, after describing the events surrounding the murder, he announces, "you Rodion  Romanovitch, you are the murderer." After making this accusation, Porfiry tells him that he will not 
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