The trial
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The trial

By Franz Kafka
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A passage from the book... Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K., he knew he had done nothing wrong but, one morning, he was arrested. Every day at eight in the morning he was brought his breakfast by Mrs. Grubach's cook - Mrs. Grubach was his landlady - but today she didn't come. That had never happened before. K. waited a little while, looked from his pillow at the old woman who lived opposite and who was watching him with an inquisitiveness quite unusual for her, and finally, both hungry and disconcerted, rang the bell. There was immediately a knock at the door and a man entered. He had never seen the man in this house before. He was slim but firmly built, his clothes were black and close-fitting, with many folds and pockets, buckles and buttons and a belt, all of which gave the impression of being very practical but without making it very clear what they were actually for. "Who are you?" asked K., sitting half upright in his bed. The man, however, ignored the question as if his arrival simply had to be accepted, and merely replied, "You rang?" "Anna should have brought me my breakfast," said K. He tried to work out who the man actually was, first in silence, just through observation and by thinking about it, but the man didn't stay still to be looked at for very long. Instead he went over to the door, opened it slightly, and said to someone who was clearly standing immediately behind it, "He wants Anna to bring him his breakfast."

Table of Contents
  • Chapter One Arrest - Conversation with Mrs. Grubach - Then Miss Bürstner
  • Chapter Two First Cross-examination
  • Chapter Three In the empty Courtroom - The Student - The Offices
  • Chapter Four Miss Bürstner's Friend
  • Chapter Five The whip-man
  • Chapter Six K.'s uncle - Leni
  • Chapter Seven Lawyer - Manufacturer - Painter
  • Chapter Eight Block, the businessman - Dismissing the lawyer
  • Chapter Nine In the Cathedral
  • Chapter Ten End
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