The Trial

The Trial PenguinSomeone must have been telling lies about Josef K., he knew he had done nothingwrong but, one morning, he was arrested. Every day at eight in the morning he wasbrought 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 manentered. He had never seen the man in this house before. He was slim but firmlybuilt, his clothes were black and close-fitting, with many folds and pockets, bucklesand buttons and a belt, all of which gave the impression of being very practical butwithout 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 hisarrival simply had to be accepted, and merely replied, “You rang?”

The Trial (Der Process) by Franz Kafka was written in 1914-15 but not published until 1925, after the author’s death.

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