Part 6, Chapter 2: Raskolnikov tenses up, recalling their last encounter. Porfiry announces that he has come to offer Raskolnikov an explanation. He explains that he knows that the artisan came to see him after their meeting and that he had been firmly convinced that Raskolnikov had committed the crime, although he had not until recently had any solid facts. Instead, he relied on what he knew of Raskolnikov's character. At first, Raskolnikov wonders whether Porfiry believes he is innocent. Porfiry reveals that the painter Nikolay belongs to a religious faction that embraces suffering, which explains his confession. He then gives a perfect account of the killer's bookish dreams...and a heart troubled by theories. Here we have a determination to make a first step. He then recounts how the killer had forgotten to close the door behind him, yet had killed two people and that he had not been up for stealing money and stashed what he did take beneath a stone. He describes, in graphic detail, the way the killer had hidden behind the door, crouching, while the doorbell was ringing. How the experience hadn't been enough for him and he had returned to the site later to ring the doorbell and experience that chill running down his spine. When Raskolnikov feebly asks who the killer is, Porfiry responds calmly, Why, Rodion Romanych, YOU killed.
He explains that he does not Raskolnikov to see him as a monster and that he is sincerely well disposed to him. He then proposes openly that Raskolnikov give up and confess. He mentions that he has one little clue, sent by the Lord, which he will not reveal to Raskolnikov. He says that he will not arrest him for several days, to give Raskolnikov the chance to make a confession on his own. He then tells him that suffering is a good thing. In addition, he is certain that Raskolnikov will not run away. Raskolnikov waits for Porfiry to reach the street and then he leaves.
Part 6, Chapter 3: He sets out for Svidrigailov's, certain that he has designs on Dunia and also strangely attracted to the man. He finds him in a tavern on the way and goes in to sit with him. Svidrigailov does not act surprised to see Raskolnikov and there is something taunting in his tone. Raskolnikov openly tells him that if he is planning on making use of something he has learned lately to carry out anything regarding Dunia, Raskolnikov will kill him before he can have him locked up. He gets up to leave and Svidrigailov tries to urge him to stay. Svidrigailov tells him he has been a swindler in the past and asks if he finds anything bad in the way he talks about women. Raskolnikov tells him depravity is a dangerous disease. Svidrigailov then begins to argue and rationalize and Raskolnikov gets up in disgust and starts to leave.