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1  The flight of the chief clerk seemed, unfortunately, to put Gregor's father into a panic as well.
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2  His father looked hostile, and clenched his fists as if wanting to knock Gregor back into his room.
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3  Nothing would stop Gregor's father as he drove him back, making hissing noises at him like a wild man.
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4  Gregor's mother, her hair still dishevelled from bed despite the chief clerk's being there, looked at his father.
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5  That set his mother screaming anew, she fled from the table and into the arms of his father as he rushed towards her.
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6  His sister would sometimes ask his father whether he would like a beer, hoping for the chance to go and fetch it herself.
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7  Gregor's sister would often write and tell him about this reading, but maybe his father had lost the habit in recent times.
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8  Even before the first day had come to an end, his father had explained to Gregor's mother and sister what their finances and prospects were.
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9  In his present mood, it obviously did not occur to his father to open the other of the double doors so that Gregor would have enough space to get through.
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10  Then his father gave him a hefty shove from behind which released him from where he was held and sent him flying, and heavily bleeding, deep into his room.
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11  Gregor's appeals to his father were of no help, his appeals were simply not understood, however much he humbly turned his head his father merely stamped his foot all the harder.
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12  His father at this time would normally be sat with his evening paper, reading it out in a loud voice to Gregor's mother, and sometimes to his sister, but there was now not a sound to be heard.
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13  But this short conversation made the other members of the family aware that Gregor, against their expectations was still at home, and soon his father came knocking at one of the side doors, gently, but with his fist.
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14  It went very slowly, but perhaps his father was able to see his good intentions as he did nothing to hinder him, in fact now and then he used the tip of his stick to give directions from a distance as to which way to turn.
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15  The washing up from breakfast lay on the table; there was so much of it because, for Gregor's father, breakfast was the most important meal of the day and he would stretch it out for several hours as he sat reading a number of different newspapers.
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16  Eventually, though, Gregor realised that he had no choice as he saw, to his disgust, that he was quite incapable of going backwards in a straight line; so he began, as quickly as possible and with frequent anxious glances at his father, to turn himself round.
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17  If Gregor had only been allowed to turn round he would have been back in his room straight away, but he was afraid that if he took the time to do that his father would become impatient, and there was the threat of a lethal blow to his back or head from the stick in his father's hand any moment.
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18  Gregor's father and mother certainly did not want him to starve either, but perhaps it would have been more than they could stand to have any more experience of his feeding than being told about it, and perhaps his sister wanted to spare them what distress she could as they were indeed suffering enough.
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19  What he did, making more noise than ever, was to drive Gregor forwards all the harder as if there had been nothing in the way; it sounded to Gregor as if there was now more than one father behind him; it was not a pleasant experience, and Gregor pushed himself into the doorway without regard for what might happen.
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20  Two strong people - he had his father and the maid in mind - would have been more than enough; they would only have to push their arms under the dome of his back, peel him away from the bed, bend down with the load and then be patient and careful as he swang over onto the floor, where, hopefully, the little legs would find a use.
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