Quote of the Day: A Very Brief Parable by Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka’s “Give It Up”:

“It was very early in the morning, the streets clean and deserted, and I was on my way to the railroad station. As I compared the tower clock with my watch I realized that it was already much later than I had thought. I had to hurry. The shock of this discovery made me feel uncertain of the way, as I was not very well acquainted with the town yet. Fortunately, there was a policeman nearby. I ran to him and breathlessly asked him the way. He smiled and said, ‘From me you want to learn the way?’ ‘Yes,’ I said, ‘since I cannot find it myself.’ ‘Give it up, give it up,’ said he, and turned away with a great sweep, like someone who wants to be alone with his laughter.”

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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