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Unformatted text preview: Svidrigailov announces that he has come to see Raskolnikov for two reasons: First, he has long wanted to meet him, and second, he wants help in obtaining an interview with Dunya. Raskolnikov's immediate response is a negative one, and Svidrigailov begins to reveal himself freely and openly to Raskolnikov by relating many episodes of his past life. He cannot see that he has done anything wrong: He admits that once he took a riding whip to his wife Marfa Petrovna, but some women like such dominance; he admits that he did make proposals to Dunya, but many women are pleased at such attentions, and others are "highly gratified at being outraged, in spite of their pretended indignation. . .women in general love to be affronted." This type of degenerate talk on such intimate terms prompts Raskolnikov to get up and leave at once, but his curiosity keeps him from doing so. In the midst of the conversation, Svidrigailov points once, but his curiosity keeps him from doing so....
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- Fall '10