When he enters a cafe to have tea

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When he enters a cafe to have tea, he asks for the newspapers of the last five or six days.  Throughout Europe, cafes always have newspapers and often the latest magazines for their  customers to read, and Raskolnikov takes advantage of this custom to request the papers of the last  five or six days when he was anti-social and then ill. Here in the cafe, he meets Zametov and thinks  of confession   for the sixth time. This time, however it is a type of real confession: "Now I will declare  to you. . .no, better, I'll confess," but the way the confession is made makes Zametov see it only as a  result of Raskolnikov's delirium and sickness. His explanation follows exactly the same steps that he  had taken himself in committing the crime. At the end of the explanation, Raskolnikov asks "And  what if it was I who murdered the old woman and Lizaveta?" The confession, however, is not as readily dismissed by Zametov as Raskolnikov believes, and later 
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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.

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