The Trial

Fraulein Burstner Character Analysis

A young woman who lives across the hall from Josef’s room in Frau Grubach’s boardinghouse. Josef goes to her room one night for a brief conversation and ends up kissing her. Afterwards, Josef tries to contact her repeatedly, but she ignores his advances. Josef thinks he spots her when he is being marched to his execution, but he doesn’t bother to speak to her.

Fraulein Burstner Quotes in The Trial

The The Trial quotes below are all either spoken by Fraulein Burstner or refer to Fraulein Burstner. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of The Trial published in 2009.
Chapter 2 Quotes

He [Josef] went out, grasped her [Fraulein Burstner], kissed her on the lips and then all over her face, like a thirsty animal furiously lapping at the water of the spring it has found at last. Finally he kissed her on the neck, over the throat, and left his lips there for a long time.

Related Characters: Josef K., Fraulein Burstner
Page Number: 26
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 10 Quotes

Then Fräulein Bürstner appeared in the square, coming up a small set of steps from a lower street. It wasn’t quite certain that it was her, though the similarity was great. But K. wasn’t bothered whether it was definitely Fräulein Bürstner or not, it was just that he immediately became aware of the futility of his resistance. There was nothing heroic about his resistance, about making things difficult for the two men, about trying to enjoy the last semblance of life as he defended himself.

Related Characters: Josef K., Fraulein Burstner
Page Number: 162
Explanation and Analysis:

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Fraulein Burstner Character Timeline in The Trial

The timeline below shows where the character Fraulein Burstner appears in The Trial. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...lead him into another room of the house that is rented by a typist named Fraulein Burstner . The supervisor is seated at the desk, and there are three young men in... (full context)
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...ways, and Josef goes to the bank with the three young people who were in Fraulein Burstner’s room, whom Josef has realized are colleagues of his. (full context)
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On his way out of Frau Grubach’s room, Josef asks about Fraulein Burstner’s whereabouts. Grubach tells him that the young woman hasn’t yet returned from one of her... (full context)
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Josef waits until 11:30, when Fraulein Burstner arrives. She invites him into her room, where Josef explains the day’s events and apologizes... (full context)
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Josef comforts Fraulein Burstner, who is concerned about the disturbance he has caused. Impulsively, he showers her with kisses.... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Josef goes to great lengths to find Fraulein Burstner, but is unsuccessful. He even writes her a letter to justify his behavior, but it... (full context)
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...has forgiven her somewhat. Frau Grubach explains that Fraulein Montag is simply moving in with Fraulein Burstner, and she breaks into a tearful apology for slandering Fraulein Burstner. Josef consoles her, and... (full context)
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...goes to Montag’s room, and she tersely explains that she is speaking to him on Fraulein Burstner’s behalf. Fraulein Burstner, her new roommate continues, does not think that a meeting between her... (full context)
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...him, and convinces himself that Fraulein Montag’s goal is to hinder his inevitable seduction of Fraulein Burstner . (full context)
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...leaves Fraulein Montag and Captain Lanz, Josef realizes that he has an opportunity to confront Fraulein Burstner alone. He checks to see if anyone can see him, and, convinced nobody is watching,... (full context)
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The room is empty, and has been completely rearranged. As he leaves Fraulein Burstner’s room, Josef notices Fraulein Montag and the Captain conversing in the dining room. They glance... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...with flowers. Just as Josef makes up his mind to walk no further, he spots Fraulein Burstner, or a woman who greatly resembles her. Josef’s indifference to her identity makes him realize... (full context)