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15 Aug

The Trial chpt 7Chapter 7: All of Joseph K.’s legal records are not accessible to him or the public, and all proceedings are kept secret.  One of the paragraphs in this chapter took twelve pages.  Twelve!  J.K. toys with the idea of firing his attorney.  A manufacturer sends J.K. to the painter.  Young, scary, bratty, promiscuous girls spy on his conversation.  Painter presents three possibilities: delay, ostensible acquittal, and definite acquittal.  Unfortunately a definite acquittal is not an option for J.K, who ends up buying three of the painters terrible heathscapes.

My copy of the text repeats Kafka's drawings for the last chapters.

My copy of the text repeats Kafka’s drawings for the last chapters.

Chapter 8: Why is the lawyer’s home always so dark?   I’m confused whether J.K. dismisses his lawyer or not.  Block begs.  Huld manipulates.  Leni lies.

The chapter is incomplete.  Can this be?  What was Max Brod thinking?

We're right back where we started.  This is the same illustration that was used for chapter one.

We’re right back where we started. This is the same illustration that was used for chapter one.

Chapter 9: The bank tasks J.K. with taking an Italian on a cathedral tour.  The tourist is a no-show.  The priest knows J.K.’s case and tells a parable.

I am bemused by the bizarre, bewildering, book.  How will it end?

 

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