1 Gregor's wish to see his mother was soon realised.
2 As she approached the room, Gregor could hear his mother express her joy, but once at the door she went silent.
3 Gregor's mother, her hair still dishevelled from bed despite the chief clerk's being there, looked at his father.
4 And on the very first day the maid had fallen to her knees and begged Gregor's mother to let her go without delay.
5 That set his mother screaming anew, she fled from the table and into the arms of his father as he rushed towards her.
6 His mother also wanted to go in and visit Gregor relatively soon but his father and sister at first persuaded her against it.
7 Now Gregor's sister also had to help his mother with the cooking; although that was not so much bother as no-one ate very much.
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.
9 Across the room, despite the chilly weather, Gregor's mother had pulled open a window, leant far out of it and pressed her hands to her face.
10 First, of course, his sister came in and looked round to see that everything in the room was alright; and only then did she let her mother enter.
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 Gregor also refrained, this time, from spying out from under the sheet; he gave up the chance to see his mother until later and was simply glad that she had come.
13 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.
14 It was not very clear how much she knew of what had happened but she left within a quarter of an hour, tearfully thanking Gregor's mother for her dismissal as if she had done her an enormous service.
15 When explaining things, his father repeated himself several times, partly because it was a long time since he had been occupied with these matters himself and partly because Gregor's mother did not understand everything the first time.
16 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.
17 But now the two of them, father and mother, would often both wait outside the door of Gregor's room while his sister tidied up in there, and as soon as she went out again she would have to tell them exactly how everything looked, what Gregor had eaten, how he had behaved this time and whether, perhaps, any slight improvement could be seen.
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