Crime and Punishment Epilogue, Chapter 1 Summary

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Epilogue, Chapter 1 Summary

In Siberia, on the banks of a river, is a town in which there is a fortress. Inside the fortress is a prison, and inside the prison is Raskolnikov. He has been there for nine months, and it has been a year and a half since the murders. The trial had been simple and straightforward, for Raskolnikov told the court everything and never wavered from his original statement. He gave every detail he was asked for, including where the stolen trinkets were located. The court was most stunned by the realization that Raskolnikov knew virtually nothing about and never made use of anything he stole.

The court deduced that Raskolnikov suffered from some kind of mental derangement at the time of the murders—“a homicidal...

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