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Arrest - Conversation with Mrs. Grubach - Then Miss
Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K., he knew he had
done nothing wrong but, one morning, he was arrested. Every day at
eight in the morning he was brought his breakfast by Mrs. Grubach's
cook - Mrs. Grubach was his landlady - but today she didn't come. That
had never happened before. K. waited a little while, looked from his pil-
low at the old woman who lived opposite and who was watching him
with an inquisitiveness quite unusual for her, and finally, both hungry
and disconcerted, rang the bell. There was immediately a knock at the
door and a man entered. He had never seen the man in this house before.
He was slim but firmly built, his clothes were black and close-fitting,
with many folds and pockets, buckles and buttons and a belt, all of
which gave the impression of being very practical but without making it
very clear what they were actually for. "Who are you?" asked K., sitting
half upright in his bed. The man, however, ignored the question as if his
arrival simply had to be accepted, and merely replied, "You rang?"
"Anna should have brought me my breakfast," said K. He tried to work
out who the man actually was, first in silence, just through observation
and by thinking about it, but the man didn't stay still to be looked at for
very long. Instead he went over to the door, opened it slightly, and said
to someone who was clearly standing immediately behind it, "He wants
Anna to bring him his breakfast." There was a little laughter in the neigh-
bouring room, it was not clear from the sound of it whether there were
several people laughing. The strange man could not have learned any-
thing from it that he hadn't known already, but now he said to K., as if
making his report "It is not possible." "It would be the first time that's
happened," said K., as he jumped out of bed and quickly pulled on his
trousers. "I want to see who that is in the next room, and why it is that
Mrs. Grubach has let me be disturbed in this way." It immediately oc-
curred to him that he needn't have said this out loud, and that he must to