1 Then there was a ring at the door of the flat.
2 There was a cautious knock at the door near his head.
3 Gregor slowly pushed his way over to the door with the chair.
4 Then he lay his head on the handle of the door to open it completely.
5 But then of course, the maid's firm steps went to the door as ever and opened it.
6 Because he had to open the door in this way, it was already wide open before he could be seen.
7 So Gregor did not go into the room, but leant against the inside of the other door which was still held bolted in place.
8 He did not keep still for a moment while Gregor was speaking, but moved steadily towards the door without taking his eyes off him.
9 Once there he let go of it and threw himself onto the door, holding himself upright against it using the adhesive on the tips of his legs.
10 Perhaps his parents were sat at the table whispering with the chief clerk, or perhaps they were all pressed against the door and listening.
11 The change in Gregor's voice probably could not be noticed outside through the wooden door, as his mother was satisfied with this explanation and shuffled away.
12 Now he also saw him - he was the nearest to the door - his hand pressed against his open mouth and slowly retreating as if driven by a steady and invisible force.
13 And the chief clerk was a lover of women, surely she could persuade him; she would close the front door in the entrance hall and talk him out of his shocked state.
14 The door to the entrance hall was open and as the front door of the flat was also open he could see onto the landing and the stairs where they began their way down below.
15 He's made a little frame, for instance, it only took him two or three evenings, you'll be amazed how nice it is; it's hanging up in his room; you'll see it as soon as Gregor opens the door.
16 Gregor, however, had no thought of opening the door, and instead congratulated himself for his cautious habit, acquired from his travelling, of locking all doors at night even when he was at home.
17 He really did want to open the door, really did want to let them see him and to speak with the chief clerk; the others were being so insistent, and he was curious to learn what they would say when they caught sight of him.
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