Crime and Punishment

What is Raskolnikov's statement to Nikodim Fomitch on leaving the Marmeladov's and why is it "ironic"?

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Raskolinikov tells Nikodim that Marmeladov is dead and asks him not to bother the family. It's ironic because Mameladov wasn't dead at this point in the story.


Crime and Punishment/ Part II/ Chapter 7