One of Raskolnikov’s two antagonists, Svidrigailov is a womanizer and libertine who was once married to Marfa, and who has been linked to crimes in the past. He courts Dunya, who refuses him, and when he later tries to elope with her she refuses once more, with finality. Svidrigailov is so broken by this that he shoots himself in the head.
Arkady Ivanovich Svidrigailov Quotes in Crime and Punishment
The Crime and Punishment quotes below are all either spoken by Arkady Ivanovich Svidrigailov or refer to Arkady Ivanovich Svidrigailov. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Crime and Punishment published in 1993.).
Part 4, Chapter 2 Quotes
You’ve all been saying that I was mad . . . and just now I imagined that perhaps I really am mad and was only seeing a ghost!
Related Characters: Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov (speaker), Arkady Ivanovich Svidrigailov, Dmitri Prokofych Razumikhin
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Part 6, Chapter 6 Quotes
Arkady Ivanovich Svidrigailov Character Timeline in Crime and Punishment
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Part 1, Chapter 3
...the intervening two months. Marfa slandered Dunya throughout the province, further shaming the family. But Svidrigailov ultimately could not stand the lies being told, however unknowingly, by his wife; he confessed... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 6
Part 4, Chapter 1
Raskolnikov wishes to go but finds he somewhat enjoys talking to Svidrigailov. Raskolnikov admits that Svidrigailov seems a kind of gentleman; Svidrigailov complains that Petersburg is only... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 2
Raskolnikov meets with Razumikhin and tells him the man leaving his apartment was Svidrigailov. Raskolnikov hopes that Razumikhin also saw him; he is worried he has been having hallucinations.... (full context)
...enter Pulcheria and Dunya’s quarters. They all discuss, briefly, Marfa’s death, and Dunya learns that Svidrigailov has come to Petersburg. Luzhin says that Svidrigailov is a depraved man, that he hopes... (full context)
...control of Dunya and her mother. When Luzhin then implies that Dunya is receptive to Svidrigailov’s offers, she kicks him out the apartment, effectively ending their engagement on the spot. Yet... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 3
...Dunya, and Raskolnikov do not view him as a benefactor and protector. He worries about Svidrigailov, whom he considers a rival for Dunya's affections. Back in the lodgings, Dunya apologizes to... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 4
...Lizaveta. Sonya falls into a fever and worries for the remainder of the night. Meanwhile, Svidrigailov has been standing behind a adjoining wall in the apartment next door the whole time,... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 5
Part 6, Chapter 1
...will be revealed very soon. Razumikhin says that Dunya has received a letter, presumably from Svidrigailov, that she finds “very disturbing.” He also reports that Nikolai the painter has confessed to... (full context)
...and is hiding his activities to escape detection. He realizes the letter is probably from Svidrigailov and rushes to intercept Dunya. Raskolnikov worries to himself that even Razumikhin has come to... (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 3
Part 6, Chapter 4
Part 6, Chapter 5
Part 6, Chapter 6
Part 6, Chapter 8