Dunya’s suitor, Luzhin is a petty government official who believes that women make for better wives when they are monetarily indebted to their husbands. Luzhin is later chased away by Dunya, who is insulted by his desire for power. Luzhin then attempts to blame Sonya for stealing; it is revealed, however, that Luzhin has in fact planted the money on Sonya in order to appear generous in forgiving her publically.
Pyotr Petrovich Luzhin Quotes in Crime and Punishment
The Crime and Punishment quotes below are all either spoken by Pyotr Petrovich Luzhin or refer to Pyotr Petrovich Luzhin. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vintage edition of Crime and Punishment published in 1993.).
Part 1, Chapter 3 Quotes
. . . as he explained, a husband ought to owe nothing to his wife, but it is much better if a wife looks upon her husband as a benefactor.
Part 1, Chapter 4 Quotes
This marriage will not take place as long as I live, and to the devil with Mr. Luzhin!
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Pyotr Petrovich Luzhin Character Timeline in Crime and Punishment
The timeline below shows where the character Pyotr Petrovich Luzhin appears in Crime and Punishment. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 3
...Dunya’s reputation was restored, and in short order a relative of Marfa’s named Pyotr Petrovich Luzhin proposed marriage to her. Dunya and Pulcheria have agreed in principle to this marriage, arranged... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 4
Outside, Raskolnikov walks and talks to himself. He decides he will not permit Luzhin to marry Dunya under any circumstances. He also dismisses his mother’s justifications for the speed... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 5
...man is taken aback by this rudeness but recovers and introduces himself as Pyotr Petrovich Luzhin. Raskolnikov appears not to remember Luzhin’s name, despite having read his mother’s recent letter, and... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 7
The landlord Amalia, Frau Lippewechsel, arrives and begins fighting with Katerina. Lebezyatnikov is also present (Luzhin’s roommate). The doctor arrives and informs Raskolnikov that there is no hope: Marmeladov will die... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 1
...he had at his apartment, with those who preach “the new ways” (not dissimilar from Luzhin’s previous arguments at Raskolnikov’s). Pulcheria seems not to understand; Dunya agrees somewhat but mostly wishes... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 2
...is particularly ashamed of the attention he showed Dunya, and of his negative comments about Luzhin. He strikes his stove out of anger at himself, hurting his hand. He dresses for... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 3
...apartment. Raskolnikov repeats to his sister, with apologies, that he cannot support her marriage to Luzhin. Dunya says she is marrying for her own reasons, not for her brother’s sake; Raskolnikov... (full context)
...anger passes, however, and Raskolnikov tells his sister to marry whomever she wishes. Raskolnikov reads Luzhin’s recent letter and corrects Luzhin, saying that he gave the money to Katerina, not to... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 4
Part 4, Chapter 1
...upset, finally, and asks Svidrigailov his business. The latter asks whether Dunya is to marry Luzhin. Svidrigailov says he suspects Raskolnikov does not approve of the marriage, which is to be... (full context)
...Raskolnikov to arrange a meeting with Dunya, whereby he can convince her not to marry Luzhin and instead to accept ten thousand of his roubles. Svidrigailov says he is already engaged... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 2
Part 4, Chapter 3
Part 5, Chapter 1
Part 5, Chapter 2
...going to cause a scene. Katerina appears to believe, based on an offhand remark of Luzhin’s, that she will receive part of Marmeladov’s government pension, even though he served without distinction... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 3
Part 5, Chapter 4
...the feast, and Raskolnikov goes on to ask a strange hypothetical question: would Sonya kill Luzhin in order to prevent his activities and spare Katerina and her family? Sonya replies that... (full context)