When he reaches the police station

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When he reaches the police station, he is almost overwhelmed by the "sickening smell of fresh paint.  . .from the newly decorated rooms." The small crowded rooms, the lack of fresh air, the confusion as  to why he is there, and the intolerable waiting make him feverish. Finally, he discovers that his  landlady is suing him for back rent. As Raskolnikov is told of his offense, he goes into a rather  lengthy explanation of his relationship to his landlady and of his previous engagement to his  landlady's daughter. The police instruct him to sign an I.O.U. and release him. As he signs the paper,  he overhears the police discussing the murder of Alyona Ivanovna and Lizaveta, and he faints. When  he recovers, he hurries home thinking that the police suspect him of the murder. In a novel with six parts and an epilogue, one can easily argue that the first part is a prologue 
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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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