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Unformatted text preview: Porfiry receives Raskolnikov very cordially and acts as though it is a pleasant social visit, forgetting that a person is not kept waiting so long for a social visit. Raskolnikov tries to keep the meeting formal and business-like; in fact, he keeps threatening to leave unless Porfiry comes to the point and examines him in an official way. Nothing, however, seems to deter Porfiry from performing his duties his own way, and he is determined to talk about all types of subjects, especially theories about crime and crime detection. As he talks about this and that, he paces constantly about the room and stops frequently at the door and listens to see if perhaps someone is still there. His pacing makes Raskolnikov more nervous. The interview continues for so long and is filled with so much chatter, along with irrelevances, that finally Raskolnikov loses his patience and tells Porfiry that he realizes the type of "cat and mouse...
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course ENG 3309 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.
- Fall '10