Metamorphosis by franz kafka
His sister, naturally, tried as far as possible to pretend there was nothing burdensome about it, and the longer it went on, of course, the better she was able to do so, but as time went by Gregor was also able to see through it all so much better.
The metamorphosis quotes
One of the legs had been badly injured in the events of that morning - it was nearly a miracle that only one of them had been - and dragged along lifelessly. It had even become very unpleasant for him, now, whenever she entered the room. Her initial decision to take care of Gregor may have come from a desire to contribute and be useful to the family, since she becomes angry and upset when the mother cleans his room, and it is made clear that Grete is disgusted by Gregor; she could not enter Gregor's room without opening the window first because of the nausea he caused her, and leaves without doing anything if Gregor is in plain sight. I ought to just try that with my boss; I'd get kicked out on the spot. For the time being he just lay there on the carpet, and no-one who knew the condition he was in would seriously have expected him to let the chief clerk in. They had been good times and they had never come again, at least not with the same splendour, even though Gregor had later earned so much that he was in a position to bear the costs of the whole family, and did bear them. She and her mother begin taking furniture away, but Gregor finds their actions deeply distressing. It was only when he had reached the door that he realised what it actually was that had drawn him over to it; it was the smell of something to eat. From then on she never failed to open the door slightly every evening and morning and look briefly in on him. The dustbins from the kitchen found their way in there too. He became noticeably short of breath, even in his earlier life his lungs had not been very reliable.
He could see from the bed that it had been set for four o'clock as it should have been; it certainly must have rung. From this height the blanket, just about ready to slide off completely, could hardly stay in place. In his present mood, it obviously did not occur to his father to open the other of the double doors so that Gregor would have enough space to get through.
Because of his injuries, Gregor had lost much of his mobility - probably permanently. She and her mother begin taking furniture away, but Gregor finds their actions deeply distressing.
It was an apple; then another one immediately flew at him; Gregor froze in shock; there was no longer any point in running as his father had decided to bombard him. Unfortunately, I did not. That the descriptions are not compatible with each other is indicative of the fact that the opening statement is not to be trusted.
They were emptying his room out; taking away everything that was dear to him; they had already taken out the chest containing his fretsaw and other tools; now they threatened to remove the writing desk with its place clearly worn into the floor, the desk where he had done his homework as a business trainee, at high school, even while he had been at infant school - he really could not wait any longer to see whether the two women's intentions were good.
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