Crime and Punishment: Novel Summary: Part1, Chapter 3-Part1, Chapter 4

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Part1, Chapter 3: The next day, Raskolnikov awakes to learn that his landlady, Praskovia Pavlovna, intends to report him to the police for non-payment of rent. He also receives a letter from his mother. The letter describes how Dunia, who was working as a tutor for the Svidrigailov's, was harassed by Mr. Svidrigailov, who was intent on seducing her. Although she rejected his advances, his wife, Martha Petrovna, misinterpreted a conversation she overheard and blamed Dunia. She then spread vicious rumors about Dunia all over town only to realize later that Dunia was innocent. Martha Petrovna then apologizes profusely and visits each home in the area to correct the damage to Dunia's reputation.
Afterwards, the letter recounts how Dunia received a marriage proposal from Peter Petrovich Luzhin, who had mentioned his interest in marrying a girl from a poor background.
Part1, Chapter 4: Raskolnikov, upset by his mother's letter, had left his room and is now walking the streets, ruminating. He is convinced that, by marrying Luzhin, his sister is sacrificing herself for her family. The thought fills him with anguish and hopelessness. While still meditating on the situation, he catches sight of a teenage girl who is staggering in the street, probably drunk. Watching her closely is a predatory man, who seems to be following her. Raskolnikov is greatly upset by the predicament and asks a policeman for help. He offers him the last of his money to call a cab for the girl and see her home safely. Suddenly, a change overtakes him and he calls to the policeman to Let it go. Why bother? Despite these words, he still feels depressed and can't help comparing the poor girl's situation to Dunia's. He decides to go to the home of his friend Razumikhin.

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