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Blumfeld, an Elderly Bachelor

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Kafka, F. (1999). Blumfeld, an Elderly Bachelor. In Kafka, F. The Complete Short Stories. Vintage Classics, pp. 195-219

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One evening Blumfield, an elderly bachelor, was climbing up to his apartment--a laborious undertaking, for he lived on the sixth floor. While climbing up he thought, as he had so often recently, how unpleasant this utterly lonely life was: to reach his empty rooms he had to climb these six floors almost in secret, there put on his dressing gown, again almost in secret, [...] Some companion, someone to witness these activities, would have been very welcome to Blumfield. [...] even if the dog remains healthy, one day it will grow old, and then comes the moment when one's own age peers out at one from the dog's oozing eyes. Then one has to cope with the half-blind, weak-lunged animal all but immobile with fat, and in this way pay dearly for the pleasures the dog once had given. Much as Blumfield would like to have a dog at this moment, he would rather go on climbing the stairs alone for another thirty years than be burdened later on by such an old dog which, sighing louder than he, would drag itself up, step by step.

gratification without sacrifice isn't gratification at all, my friend

—p.195 by Franz Kafka 2 years, 2 months ago

One evening Blumfield, an elderly bachelor, was climbing up to his apartment--a laborious undertaking, for he lived on the sixth floor. While climbing up he thought, as he had so often recently, how unpleasant this utterly lonely life was: to reach his empty rooms he had to climb these six floors almost in secret, there put on his dressing gown, again almost in secret, [...] Some companion, someone to witness these activities, would have been very welcome to Blumfield. [...] even if the dog remains healthy, one day it will grow old, and then comes the moment when one's own age peers out at one from the dog's oozing eyes. Then one has to cope with the half-blind, weak-lunged animal all but immobile with fat, and in this way pay dearly for the pleasures the dog once had given. Much as Blumfield would like to have a dog at this moment, he would rather go on climbing the stairs alone for another thirty years than be burdened later on by such an old dog which, sighing louder than he, would drag itself up, step by step.

gratification without sacrifice isn't gratification at all, my friend

—p.195 by Franz Kafka 2 years, 2 months ago

(verb) to give a false impression of / (verb) to present an appearance not in agreement with / (verb) to show (something) to be false or wrong / (verb) to run counter to; contradict / (verb) disguise

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Not even in his gait can he manage to belie his mother

—p.208 by Franz Kafka
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2 years, 2 months ago

Not even in his gait can he manage to belie his mother

—p.208 by Franz Kafka
notable
2 years, 2 months ago