The Trial
Franz Kafka
Contributed by Sung Miele
Chapter Summaries
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Chapter Summary
Chapter 1

Joseph K. is a bank clerk staying in a rented room with the landlady, Frau Grubach. He’s immediate neighbor is Fräulein Bürstner. On a fine spr...

Chapter 2

K. is informed on the phone that an inquiry is to take place. It will be on a Sunday and not be held frequently. The Assistant Manager overhears hi...

Chapter 3

K. is surprised to find that no trial has been arranged for him as much as the magistrate threatened him. K. proceeds by himself and reaches throug...

Chapter 4

K. repeatedly tries to contact Fräulein Bürstner. But she has decided to move out and a very pale French teacher - Fräulein Montag moves in. Fr...

Chapter 5

This is the scene where the officials who arrested K. are whipped in the Bank Corridor in the lumber-room. K. is shaken by the scene. He sees it tw...

Chapter 6

Here, we are presented with K.’s close elderly relative, Uncle Karl. Uncle Karl suddenly pays K. a visit at his office. K. dreads meeting him aft...

Chapter 7

K. ponders about writing a self-defending account, dealing with his life, that is a self-analysis and judgement of the case and his motivation for ...

Chapter 8

K. decides to withdraw his case from the lawyer, Huld. He wants to do it facing him in person, watch his reaction and then decide when he knocks at...

Chapter 9

K. is expected to accompany an important and powerful Italian client on a sight seeing trip of all the beautiful monuments in the city. The Bank tr...

Chapter 10

This chapter is chronologically very explicit. Two black clothed men pick-up K. who is also dressed in black. Like in chapter 1 at 9 a.m. the warde...

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