Study Guide

Frau Grubach in The Trial

By Franz Kafka

Frau Grubach

To K., Frau Grubach, his landlady, is a simple, naïve woman who trusts him implicitly. He's so confident in her trust in him that he believes that, if he tells her that he assaulted Fraülein Bürstner, she would not only believe him, but also continue to trust him. But this simple woman does seem to have a better grasp of K.'s trial then he does when she muses that his crime seems to be a "scholarly" matter, not a more common crime like theft. Unlike K., she immediately grasps that K.'s trial will defy ordinary, common-sense notions of law and order, even if she can't articulate exactly how unique K.'s trial will be.

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