Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"A Country Doctor." Franz Kafka.

An innocuous title, but another strange story. A country doctor. A patient in desperate need ten miles away in a blizzard. His horse has died. No one in the village will lend him one. A groom and two huge horses mysteriously appear out of the deserted pig sty. His servant girl is attacked by the groom and so on. The doctor relates what happens. A series of improbable incidents. First, the young patient asks the doctor to let him die. The doctor believes there is nothing wrong with him. Then the doctor discovers a large wound with worms in it. A doctor’s nightmare?

Fifty Great European Short Stories. Ed. Edward and Elizabeth Huberman. New York: Bantam Books. 1971.

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