The Exceptional Man
Act II of Atilla Shrugged: "The Exceptional Man" is adapted from Part III Chapter 5 of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment.
The scene takes place just after Raskolnikov awakes from two nights of feigned and real delirium following his murdering the old pawn broker lady, Alyona Ivanovna. Once he recovers his senses, he realizes that, in order to avert suspicion falling on him, he ought to go to the police and make a claim on his pawned items. With his pal Rezumikhin in tow, he finds himself at tea with the subtle inspector Porfiry Petrovich, in an engaging conversation about the circumstances where the imperatives of destiny may surpass the mendacity of law.
Dagny's father, Nathanial “Nat” Taggart, who claimed his own exemptions from the law, channels Raskolnikov.