Part1, Chapter 1: We first meet
Raskolnikov as he is on his way to visit the old pawnbroker. The Petersburg surroundings are described
as hot, stuffy and crowded, adding to the overall sense of stagnation, sickness and claustrophobia.
Raskolnikov himself is suffering from acute depression and loathes the company of other people. He is
wearing rags and is brooding obsessively on some unnamed subject (his intended crime) as he plods onward
to her apartment. The encounter with the old woman is fraught with anxiety and loathing and it becomes
evident that he is casing the place.
Part1, Chapter 2: Raskolnikov
proceeds to a dingy bar, where he meets Semion Marmeladov, who strikes up a conversation with him. Amid
periodic scoffs and laughter from fellow patrons, Marmeladov recounts his troubled life, including his
dismissal from his job and all the ensuing humiliations and abuse his family has experienced as a result
of his alcoholism and their poverty. He describes in particular his proud wife Katherine, who works
from dusk till dawn to care for her children and his daughter Sonia, who has taken up prostitution to
assist the family. Raskolnikov accompanies him home where he sees the painful and poverty-stricken circumstances
his family lives in. Katherine attacks the humiliated Marmeladov, who had recently stolen the last money
the family had. Raskolnikov secretly leaves them some of his money from the pawnbroker.