The Trial

The Trial: chapter 6

Chapter SixK.’s cousin Erna has written to her father about K’s trial, and Uncle K. arrives in a whirlwind at K.’s bank to rescue his nephew.  After a lecture about family values, in which K. is reduced to the level of a child, he huddles K. off in a taxi that evening to see his …

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The Trial: chapter 5

Chapter FiveOne evening as he is leaving his office, K. hears sounds coming from behind the door of a room he always believed to the junk room.  Taken by “an uncontrollable curiosity,” he opens the door to investigate. He sees three men crowded into the tiny room that is more like a closet; the two …

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The Trial: chapter 4

Chapter 4 K. continues to pursue Miss Burstner although she makes it clear she does not want to see him.  He knocks on her door, sits in her room and finally sends her a letter that she refuses to answer.  One Sunday morning, he hears loud noises in the hallway and when he inquires, Mrs. …

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The Trial: chapter 3

Chapter 3K. waits for a week for a follow-up summons and when it doesn’t arrive he decides to return to the same address on Sunday morning. The washerwoman, who lives in the Court and whose husband is the Court Usher, opens the door and tells him there is no Court session. K. is reminded that …

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The Trial: chapter 2

Chapter 2Joseph K. receives a phone call at work informing him that he is to come for a “small hearing” the following Sunday. He is told where to go but neglects to ask the time so he decides on nine o’clock, the hour Court proceedings normally begin. The Deputy Director of the bank invites him …

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The Trial: chapter 1

Chapter 1The morning of his thirtieth birthday Joseph K., The Trial’s protagonist, wakes up in a state of bewilderment.  Why, he wonders has the cook, Anna, not brought his usual 8:00 a.m. breakfast? When he rings for her, a stranger enters his bedroom. Another man waits in the adjoining room, his landlady Mrs. Grubach’s living …

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