Study Guide

The Court Usher's Wife in The Trial

By Franz Kafka

The Court Usher's Wife

The court usher's wife is yet another woman associated with the court who throws herself at K. Like Leni, she offers to help K., although it isn't clear whether she's actually helpful. And like Leni, she is not, as a married woman, an eligible love match for K., but she appears to sleep with a lot of men in the court system. The only real help the court usher's wife seems to provide K. is to let K. take a peek at the examining magistrate's books, which are actually pornographic novels. The association of the court usher's wife with prostitution and pornography contributes to the general portrayal of the court system as corrupt.

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