THE TRIAL

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CHORUS

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The city came to life


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Someone must've been lying about Joseph K.

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CHORUS

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For without having done anything wrong


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He was arrested one fine morning.

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CHORUS

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8 o'clock


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Failed to appear.

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CHORUS

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That had never happened before.


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K waiting a little longer.

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CHORUS

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Distinct curiosity


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Then feeling put out and hungry, he rang the bell.

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CHORUS

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We're telling the truth.


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What are the talking about, K?

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CHORUS

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What authority could they represent?


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There is a legal institution here.

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CHORUS

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There's no war.


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No emergency laws...

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CHORUS

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It'll be safer with us. Ok.


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Take it easy.

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CHORUS

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..until it happens.


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That isnt the right policty here.

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CHORUS

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**LAUGHING**


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But it wasnt a joke.

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CHORUS

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Thats the LAW.


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Absurd (then laurens bit) - Did you hear that frank?

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CHORUS

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Matter to a head.


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They'll have to give proper reasons to keep you.

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CHORUS

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..position I hold there.


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Should you give the real reasosn for your absence?.

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CHORUS

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They'd never believe it.


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Who would believe it?

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CHORUS

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Put on a black coat.


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Joseph. Joseph K. Mr K.

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CHORUS

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Certainly im surprised.


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K was filled with pleasure having discovered a sensible man at last.

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CHORUS

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Lets settle this whole affair by shaking hands.


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The inspector raises his eyes a bites his lip - K still believes he is going to close with an offer, but... 

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CHORUS

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Take you back


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Goodbye Sir (x3)

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MRS G

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**END OF SCENE**


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Evening Joseph.

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MRS G

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Syill working, Mrs Grubach?


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There's a lot to do.

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MRS G

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I mean those men who came this morning.


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Didn't bother me in the least.

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MRS G

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It wont happen again.


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No, it wont happen again..

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MRS G

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 Do you really think that?

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Yes Joseph, and you mustn't take it to heart. Lots of strange things happen in this world. I must admit, since youve been so frank with me, that i listened behind the door, and these two men told me a few things. Nopt all bad. You're under arrest certainly but not for anything criminal. You're not a thief or anything. Its something special with you. Something almost learned about your arrest. Am I talking stupidly, Mr K?

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MRS G

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Lets shake on it.


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Dont take it so much to heart.

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MRS G

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Is Miss Burnstner in?


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No... she's at the theatre, still working... shall i give her a message?

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MRS G

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Searching her room today.


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There's no need - everything's just as it was. All put back nice and tidy. You know she's often late, still, young people are like that.

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MRS G

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Certainly, but it can go too far.


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How right you are. I've got nothing against her. She's a dear good kind girl - decent, punctual, full of good quantities, except...

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MRS G

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Except what?


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I shouldnt say it, but ive seen her with different men twice already this month.

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MRS G

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So?


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Oh please dont go, i didnt mean to offend you. You;re the only one i've spoken to. Afer all, i must keep the house respectable.

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MRS G

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your notice!!!


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upset Oh Joseph! You know I'd never give you my notice.

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MRS G

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But i'm under arrest.


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They dont arrest you for nothing.

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CHORUS

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**END OF SCENE**


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It was eight o'clock. Sunday Morning.

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VOICE

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What is this street?


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Its Julia Street - You're there K.

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VOICE

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Does carpenter Lanz live here?


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Who? Not here - Not here either.

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CHORUS

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I have no choice.


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Perhaps she's a trap, K.

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BAILIFF

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...take you off guard.


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You havent seen your wife, have you?

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BAILIFF

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Are you the bailiff?


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Yes, ah! You're the defendant, K.I see it in your lips! You can see the defendants waiting. You;re not the only one who is accused, they're all accused, all waiting.

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CHORUS

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**END OF SCENE**


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There are just a fewof us today, because its Sunday.

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VOICE

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Interrogation.

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All - What would your father say to this

K- My fathers Dead

Me - Only to you, Joseph. Only to you.

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CHORUS

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How am I?


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No.

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CHORUS

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Any bad ones?


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No.

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CHORUS

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Oh you've kissed me!

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K can feel her body against his breast, and gazes at her rich dark hair. She clasps both hands round his neck and kisses the back of his head. Yes ... yes - she's biting him now, into the very hairs of his head. Hmmmm. She gives out a bitter exctining odour, like pepper. K puts his arms around her as she slides down onto the floor with a faint cry, utters....

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MANAGER

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Saturday, after thebank closes.


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I feel a strong desire to help you. In your criminal case.

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MANAGER

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Why dont you all leave me?


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OK, K. Since you are forced to be away, you wont mind if someone takes over your duties. After all, time is valuable.

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ASST. MANAGER

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**END OF SCENE**


LINE:

Are you alright, Joseph K?

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ASST. MANAGER

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Spying on me?


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You;ve forgotten havent you?

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ASST. MANAGER

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What?


LINE:

You have an assignment at the cathedral this morning. You're to show one of our influential clients the sights.

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ASST. MANAGER

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Wouldn't you?


LINE:

What do you mean?

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ASST. MANAGER

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Check my books.


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But K, since you are a member of the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Monuments, it seems natural that you should be his escort this morning, but if you'd rather not....

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ASST. MANAGER

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Alright, I'll go.


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Don't forget your guidebook - Goodbye K.

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