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He aquí uno de los más grandes poemas épicos de todos los tiempos: Odisea. En él se narra el regreso del héroe, Odiseo, a su patria, Ítaca, después de los angeles conquista de Troya. Compuesta como los angeles Ilíada en hexámetros, recoge numerosos cuentos populares y leyendas que, adaptadas, se integran en l. a. epopeya. De este modo, mientras que en los angeles Ilíada el tema crucial, los angeles cólera de Aquiles, va avanzando inexorablemente, verso a verso, desde su planteamiento hasta su desenlace, en Odisea el regreso del héroe es narrado, con arte magistral, sin recelar de las vueltas atrás o de las digresiones, porque el objetivo supremo es lograr mayor gozo en los angeles narración de bellas historias. Todo ello se logra, además, sin que merme en absoluto l. a. cohesión que mantiene unidos sus episodios.

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He died while carrying it out. " 43 The natural urge to own property When someone at a party called the urge to own prop­ erty a natural one, Mr. K. told the following story about some old-established fishermen: "On the south coast of Iceland there are fishermen who, by means of fixed buoys, have divided the ocean there into individual parcels and shared them out among themselves. They are more fiercely devoted to these fields of water than to their property. They feel attached to them, would never give them up, even if no more fish were to be found in them, and they scorn the inhabitants of the harbor towns to whom they sell their catch, since these townspeople appear to them a superficial race, alienated from nature.

39 The administration of justice Mr. K. often mentioned as in some degree exemplary a legal instruction in ancient China, according to which the judges in important trials were fetched from distant provinces. Thus they were harder to bribe (and did not have to be so unbribable), since the local judges watched over their unbribability-that is, people who knew the ropes in just this respect and who wished the incomers ill. Also, the judges who had been sent for did not know the customs and conditions of the district from everyday experience.

No," said Mr. " 2 7 On the disruption of 110ne thing at a time" One day, when he was the guest of acquaintances whom he did not know very well, Mr. K. discovered that his hosts had already laid out the breakfast things for the next morning on a small table in the bedroom. After he had initially praised his hosts in his mind because they were eager to see him on his way, he remained preoccupied by the thought. He considers, whether he, too, would get the breakfast things ready at night before going bed.

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