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The Trial | Characters

Character Description
Josef K. Chief clerk at a bank, Josef K., also called simply K., is an ordinary, if arrogant, young man; he is suddenly arrested. Read More
Dr. Huld Dr. Huld is the lawyer and friend of Uncle Karl, who takes on Josef K.'s case. Read More
Leni Leni is a nurse to Dr. Huld and a seductress to K. Read More
Block A client of Dr. Huld, Block is engaged in a trial that has been ongoing for five years. Read More
Titorelli Titorelli is a painter and adjunct to the court; he offers to help Josef K. Read More
Berthold Berthold is a law student who assaults the washer woman and procures her for the judge.
Miss Bürstner Miss Bürstner is a lodger in the same house as K.; she is a typist whom K. is sexually attracted to.
Deputy director The deputy director is K.'s boss at the bank.
Doorkeeper In the parable "Before the Law," the doorkeeper guards the gate to the law, refusing entry to the man waiting to go in.
Elsa Elsa is a waitress in a wine bar; K. goes to see her once a week, likely for sex.
Franz Franz is one of the initial arresting policemen.
Mrs. Grubach Mrs. Grubach is Josef K.'s landlady.
Judge The judge or examining magistrate presides over K.'s first hearing.
Uncle Karl Uncle Karl is Josef K.'s uncle who takes him to a lawyer, Dr. Huld, to handle his case; Karl is also K.'s childhood guardian.
Lanz Lanz is Mrs. Grubach's nephew, a captain.
Miss Montag Miss Montag is Miss Bürstner's friend; later, she is her roommate.
Prison chaplain The prison chaplain has K. come to the cathedral and relates the parable "Before the Law" to K.
Rabensteiner, Kaminer, and Kullich These three colleagues are K.'s bank coworkers present at his initial arrest.
Supervisor The supervisor is the boss of the initial arresting policemen.
Two gentlemen At the end, the two gentlemen take K. away and execute him.
Court usher The court usher is the tour guide who shows K. around the court premises; he is the husband of the washer woman.
Washer woman The washer woman is a highly seductive and sexual washer and cleaner in the court offices; she is the wife of the court usher.
Whip-man The whip-man is the man who whips Franz and Willem because of Josef K.'s complaints about them.
Willem Willem is one of the initial arresting policemen.
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