Here's the answer to this week's quiz.
“The Metamorphosis” is a novella by Franz Kafka,
first published in 1915. It is often cited as one of the seminal works of
fiction of the 20th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities
across the Western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor
Samsa, waking to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect.
(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "R" is for "Roger")
Here’s this week’s Berownial quiz.
A novella is a type of writing that is normally longer
than a short story but shorter than a novel.
I wrote the following scenelet to suggest one of the most famous and
most popular novellas ever written. Your
assignment, should you choose to accept it, is: give us its title.
“Thank God you’re here. I’ve been
going out of my mind.”
“Well, I got here as soon as I could.
The traffic was incredible. Now,
again, what’s the problem. Roger is
“I don’t know. There’s something
awfully wrong with him. He’s locked
himself in the bedroom. He’s already
very late for work.”
what’s wrong with her?”
“Oh, Ruth has had kind of a shock.
She seems to have trouble talking.
You know how vigilant she is; she got a look at him before he locked the door.”
“Come on, Ruth. He’s your
brother; you two usually don’t keep things from each other. What’s the matter with Rog?”
does not respond.)
how come you haven’t called the doctor?”
“Well, it doesn’t seem that he’s sick; it’s just that he’s - well, changed. You’re his best friend; we thought maybe you
could talk to him.”
“Through a locked door?”
“Oh, he can hear you. But he
doesn’t answer. He just makes, like,
“This is incredible. (Takes Ruth by the shoulders and shakes her.) Come on, Ruth! I don't mean to trample on your feelings for your brother, but what’s wrong with him? How has he changed?”
“I can’t… You wouldn’t…”
“I wouldn’t – what? Understand? Try me.”
“She’s helpless; she had quite a shock.”
“Ruth, tell me! You mean that
what’s happened to Roger is so awful that you can’t even describe it?”
“Yes. That’s it.”
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