She is Rodion and Dunya's mother, a poor widow and defenseless woman. Pulcheria Alexandrovna earns extra money, doing small-scale work: she knits scarves, embroideries the sleeves, etc. She gives to her son Rodion all the money so that he will be able to study at the university in St. Petersburg and build his career. She loves her son and lays all her hopes on him. At the same time, Pulcheria is the sincere woman; she always prefers to tell the truth. After the court over Raskolnikov, Pulcheria Alexandrovna has been suffering from insanity and mental disorder for seven months. The poor woman does not know the truth about her son, but she realizes that something terrible has happened to him.
Pulcheria Alexandrovna in the Essays