A man who sees Raskolnikov after Raskolnikov has inquired about the blood in the old woman’s apartment, this man follows Raskolnikov and calls him a murderer. He reports this information, too, to Porfiry, but later apologizes to Raskolnikov when Nikolai confesses—the tradesman believes, incorrectly, that he has falsely accused Raskolnikov.
The timeline below shows where the character “The Man from Under the Ground” (“the tradesman”) appears in Crime and Punishment. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 3, Chapter 6
Part 4, Chapter 6