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The Trial | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • K.'s 30th birthday

    Josef K. is arrested.

    Chapter 1
  • Next Sunday

    K. has his first court hearing.

    Chapter 2
  • Following Sunday

    K. returns to court, but it's not in session.

    Chapter 3
  • Some time later

    K. meets Miss Montag; Miss Bürstner will not speak with him.

    Chapter 4
  • Few days later

    K. finds policemen in a closet at the bank.

    Chapter 5
  • Some time later

    K. visits a lawyer and meets Leni.

    Chapter 6
  • A month or so later

    K. visits Titorelli's studio.

    Chapter 7
  • Some time later

    K. visits his lawyer to fire him; K. meets Block.

    Chapter 8
  • Some time later

    At the cathedral, K. hears the "Parable of the Law."

    Chapter 9
  • K.'s 31st birthday

    Men take K. away and execute him.

    Chapter 10

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 One morning, Josef K. is arrested. He waits for his breakfast but instead a strange man named Franz enters his bedroom. ... Read More
Chapter 2 Josef K. gets a phone call informing him that his first trial hearing is to be that Sunday. He decides he will attend. H... Read More
Chapter 3 Josef K. waits for a second hearing summons scheduled for the following Sunday, but none ever comes. He assumes that the... Read More
Chapter 4 Josef K. has been trying, with little success, to speak with Miss Bürstner. Somehow, she always finds a way to avoid him... Read More
Chapter 5 One day in the bank where he works, Josef K. hears strange sighing sounds coming from behind a door. As far as K. knows,... Read More
Chapter 6 One day while Josef K. is working at the bank, his Uncle Karl shows up. Karl lives in the country where he owns some lan... Read More
Chapter 7 Josef K. is at work, but he cannot concentrate on anything. He can think of nothing but his trial. He contemplates writi... Read More
Chapter 8 Josef K. has decided to dismiss his lawyer, Dr. Huld. He goes to Huld's house to see his reaction to this news. A "small... Read More
Chapter 9 An Italian businessman who deals with the bank is visiting the city. The deputy director asks Josef K. to show him the s... Read More
Chapter 10 Josef K. was arrested on his 30th birthday. Now it is his 31st birthday. It is 9 p.m. when two "gentlemen" come, unannou... Read More
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