卡夫卡:重貼

1.

關於這次投票,我又想起這個卡夫卡的短篇。

Before the Law

Before the law sits a gatekeeper. To this gatekeeper comes a man from the country who asks to gain entry into the law. But the gatekeeper says that he cannot grant him entry at the moment. The man thinks about it and then asks if he will be allowed to come in sometime later on.

“It is possible,” says the gatekeeper, “but not now.”

The gate to the law stands open, as always, and the gatekeeper walks to the side, so the man bends over in order to see through the gate into the inside.

When the gatekeeper notices that, he laughs and says: “If it tempts you so much, try going inside in spite of my prohibition. But take note. I am powerful. And I am only the most lowly gatekeeper. But from room to room stand gatekeepers, each more powerful than the other. I cannot endure even one glimpse of the third.” The man from the country has not expected such difficulties: the law should always be accessible for everyone, he thinks, but as he now looks more closely at the gatekeeper in his fur coat, at his large pointed nose and his long, thin, black Tartar’s beard, he decides that it would be better to wait until he gets permission to go inside. The gatekeeper gives him a stool and allows him to sit down at the side in front of the gate. There he sits for days and years. He makes many attempts to be let in, and he wears the gatekeeper out with his requests. The gatekeeper often interrogates him briefly, questioning him about his homeland and many other things, but they are indifferent questions, the kind great men put, and at the end he always tells him once more that he cannot let him inside yet.

The man, who has equipped himself with many things for his journey, spends everything, no matter how valuable, to win over the gatekeeper. The latter takes it all but, as he does so, says, “I am taking this only so that you do not think you have failed to do anything.” During the many years the man observes the gatekeeper almost continuously. He forgets the other gatekeepers, and this first one seems to him the only obstacle for entry into the law. He curses the unlucky circumstance, in the first years thoughtlessly and out loud; later, as he grows old, he only mumbles to himself. He becomes childish and, since in the long years studying the gatekeeper he has also come to know the fleas in his fur collar, he even asks the fleas to help him persuade the gatekeeper.

Finally his eyesight grows weak, and he does not know whether things are really darker around him or whether his eyes are merely deceiving him. But he recognizes now in the darkness an illumination which breaks inextinguishably out of the gateway to the law. Now he no longer has much time to live.

Before his death he gathers in his head all his experiences of the entire time up into one question which he has not yet put to the gatekeeper. He waves to him, since he can no longer lift up his stiffening body. The gatekeeper has to bend way down to him, for the great difference has changed things considerably to the disadvantage of the man. “What do you still want to know now?” asks the gatekeeper. “You are insatiable.” “Everyone strives after the law,” says the man, “so how is that in these many years no one except me has requested entry?” The gatekeeper sees that the man is already dying and, in order to reach his diminishing sense of hearing, he shouts at him,

“Here no one else can gain entry, since this entrance was assigned only to you. I’m going now to close it.”

2.

我明白大家不未必喜歡這個文字版,有人做了一個flash版。

http://www.theoddmanout.net/games/beforeTheLaw.html

原本的故事裏,那個人站在「法門」之前,等待蒼老。但在這個flah版,你可以跟從原版故事站在門前,但也可以衝過去。

結果如何?可以看看。

3.

我想到問的是:雖然我們覺得人數算少,但在北京眼中,幹了這麼多事,還是有五十萬多票。相比建制派之前放的風,他們預測頂多二十萬三十萬。對他們而言,這算多還算少?

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4 responses to “卡夫卡:重貼”

  1. fongyun says :

    如果建制派只預測廿幾三十萬,那是他們低能。2008年公民黨同社民連加埋都有三十六萬票啦﹗呢幾年社民連仲要越黎越紅,唔通會少左票﹖公民黨就算可能少左票,都不大可能令整體票數不增反減。而且建制全面打壓令公社兩黨支持者很憤怒,難道他們還會躲懶不投票﹖還有原本投給普選聯那四十七萬人,難道全部只聽普選聯指揮,他們不叫就不會去投票﹖總有一批人會去投票的吧﹖這樣加上去,怎有可能只有三十萬﹖

  2. Frostig says :

    A nice story!  Let me try to play the Flash at home……   

  3. stupidxhk2000 says :

    Franz Kafka is great :]

  4. Frostig says :

    Have ‘played’ the flash La! We should take action!!!

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