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The Trial

The Trial

by Franz Kafka

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Quote #10

"The only thing I can do now," he said to himself, and the way his steps matched those of the other three confirmed his thoughts, "the only thing I can do now is keep my mind calm and analytical to the last. I've always wanted to seize the world with twenty hands, and what's more with a motive that was hardly laudable. That was wrong; do I want to show now that even a yearlong trial could teach me nothing?" (10.5)

This is perhaps the closest we're going to get to a moral in the story, such as it is. This last scene where K. moves into lock step with his executioners suggests that K.'s "crime" might just have been selfishness or pride.

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