Found Noodling around the Net

The Sudden Walk
by Franz Kafka
Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir
When it looks as if you had made up your mind finally to stay at home for the evening, when you have put on your house jacket and sat down after supper with a light on the table to the piece of work or the game that usually precedes your going to bed, when the weather outside is unpleasant so that staying indoors seems natural, and when you have already been sitting quietly at the table for so long that your departure must occasion surprise to everyone, when, besides, the stairs are in darkness and the front door locked, and in spite of all that you have started up in a sudden fit of restlessness, changed your jacket, abruptly dressed yourself for the street, explained that you must go out and with a few curt words of leave-taking actually gone out, banging the flat door more or less hastily according to the degree of displeasure you think you have left behind you, and when you find yourself once more in the street with limbs swinging extra freely in answer to the unexpected liberty you have procured for them, when as a result of this decisive action you feel concentrated within yourself all the potentialities of decisive action, when you recognize with more than usual significance that your strength is greater than your need to accomplish effortlessly the swiftest of changes and to cope with it, when in this frame of mind you go striding down the long streets – then for that evening you have completely got away from your family, which fades into insubstantiality, while you yourself, a firm, boldly drawn black figure, slapping yourself on the thigh, grow to your true stature.

All this is still heightened if at such a late hour in the evening you look up a friend to see how he is getting on.

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Photo from a long drive taken this summer, to the end of the road.

5 thoughts on “Found Noodling around the Net

  1. mugo November 16, 2016 / 10:27 pm

    What a brilliant find. Thank you. I can relate to this piece.

    • warpandwoofknitting November 17, 2016 / 1:07 am

      Hi Rev. Mugo; This made my head explode in a good way! Actually there is a UK link with it. I initially heard this spoken on a lovely Radio 4 podcast called Short Cuts. I was intrigued and went looking for the piece. Thank you! I am off to see my wee little house tomorrow, taking some things to our mutual friend Victor’s. Getting ready for walking on. >

  2. lynngrayross December 22, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    Thanks for this. Good to be in touch. Have a lovely Christmas.

    • warpandwoofknitting December 22, 2016 / 9:24 pm

      Thank you! And a lovely Christmas to you and yours as well.

      Sent from my iPad

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