Summary of “Accident”

Summary of “Accident”

Alfredo Trance, the only representative of Hephaeston in Europe, drives through a small village and thinks about how he will work off his business partner, who wants to draw from him an extra five percent. His car, a brand new Studebaker, stalls near the car repair shop. He leaves the car to the mechanic to pick it up the next morning, and leaves for the night in a country inn.

All hotels, however, are occupied by members of the union of stockbreeders. On the advice of the owner of one of them, Trance goes to the house of Mr. Verghe, who takes guests. Judge Verghe willingly agrees to shelter him at night, and completely free. In the judge’s house sit visitors, retired ministers of the law: prosecutor Tson, lawyer Kummer, Mr. Pile. Judge Werge asks her servant Simon not to prepare

a room for the guest, since every guest in his house occupies a room depending on his character, and he did not yet have time to get acquainted with the character of Trance. The judge invites Trance to the table, which is a luxurious dinner. He informs Trance that he, by his parish, rendered a huge favor to him and his guests, and asks him to take part in their game. They play in their former profession, that is, in court. They usually repeat famous historical processes: the trial of Socrates, the process of Joan of Arc, the Dreyfus affair, and so on. However, it is better for them when they play with a live object, that is, when guests provide themselves at their disposal. Trance agrees to take part in their game in the only free role – in the role of the accused. True, at first he asked in astonishment what crime he had committed. He is told that this is immaterial, there is always a crime. Lawyer Kummer, who is going to play the role of protector of Trance, asks him to go with him to the canteen before the “opening” of the court session. He tells him more about the prosecutor, once a world celebrity, about a judge who at one time was considered strict and even pedantic, and asks to trust him and tell in detail about his crime. Tran assures the lawyer, that he did not commit any crime. The lawyer also warns against
chatter and asks to weigh each word.

The court session begins at the same time as the dinner, which opens with tortoiseshell soup, followed by trout, Brussels salad, champignons in sour cream and other delicacies. At the interrogation, Trans reports that he is forty-five years old and he is the main representative of the firm. Only a year ago he had an old car, Citroen, and now Studebaker, an extra model. Previously, he was an ordinary traveling salesman for textiles. He is married and has four children. His youth was harsh. He was born in the family of a factory worker. I could finish only primary school. Then for ten years he was trading peddling and went from house to house with a suitcase in his hand. Now he is the only representative of the firm that produces the best synthetic fabric that alleviates the suffering of rheumatics, perfect for parachutes, and for a spicy women’s nightgowns. This post was not easy for him. Before, I had to dump the old Gigas, his superior, who died last year of a heart attack.

The prosecutor is extremely pleased that he finally managed to unearth the deceased. He also hopes to discover the murder that Trans committed to everyone’s pleasure.

The lawyer asks Trance, surprised that the interrogation, it turns out, has already begun, to go out with him to smoke in the garden. In his opinion. Trance does everything to lose the process. The lawyer tells him why they decided to start this game with friends. After retiring, these servants of the law were a little taken aback when they found themselves in the new role of pensioners, without any activities, except for ordinary senile joys. When they started to play this game, they immediately took heart. They play this game every week with the referee’s guests. Sometimes it’s street vendors, sometimes vacationers. The possibility of the death penalty, which the state justice abolished, makes their game incredibly fascinating. They even have an executioner – this is Mr. Pile. Before retirement, he was one of the most talented masters of this case in one of the neighboring countries. Trans suddenly becomes frightened. Then he bursts into laughter and assures that without the hangman dinner would be much less fun and exciting. Suddenly, Tras can hear someone screaming. The lawyer tells him that this is Tobias, who poisoned his wife and five years ago was sentenced by Judge Verga to life imprisonment. Since then, he lives in a room designated for life as a guest. The lawyer asks Tres to confess, did he really kill Gigas? Trance claims that he has nothing to do with it. He expresses his assumption about the goal of the game, which, in his opinion, is to make people feel terrible, the game seemed to be a reality, and the defendant would ask himself whether he really is a criminal. But he is innocent of the death of the old rogue. The lawyer tells him that this is Tobias, who poisoned his wife and five years ago was sentenced by Judge Verga to life imprisonment. Since then, he lives in a room designated for life as a guest. The lawyer asks Tres to confess, did he really kill Gigas? Trance claims that he has nothing to do with it. He expresses his assumption about the goal of the game, which, in his opinion, is to make people feel terrible, the game seemed to be a reality, and the defendant would ask himself whether he really is a criminal. But he is innocent of the death of the old rogue. The lawyer tells him that this is Tobias, who poisoned his wife and five years ago was sentenced by Judge Verga to life imprisonment. Since then, he lives in a room designated for life as a guest. The lawyer asks Tres to confess, did he really kill Gigas? Trance claims that he has nothing to do with it. He expresses his assumption about the goal of the game, which, in his opinion, is to make people feel terrible, the game seemed to be a reality, and the defendant would ask himself whether he really is a criminal. But he is innocent of the death of the old rogue. did he actually kill Gigas? Trance claims that he has nothing to do with it. He expresses his assumption about the goal of the game, which, in his opinion, is to make people feel terrible, the game seemed to be a reality, and the defendant would ask himself whether he really is a criminal. But he is innocent of the death of the old rogue. did he actually kill Gigas? Trance claims that he has nothing to do with it. He expresses his assumption about the goal of the game, which, in his opinion, is to make people feel terrible, the game seemed to be a reality, and the defendant would ask himself whether he really is a criminal. But he is innocent of the death of the old rogue.

They return to the dining room. They are met by the noise of voices and laughter. The interrogation is resumed. Trance reports that Gigas died of a heart attack. He also admits that he learned about his sick heart from his wife, with whom he had something. Gigas often traveled and clearly disdained his very seductive spouse. So from time to time, Trance had to portray a comforter. After the death of Gigas, he no longer visited this lady. I did not want to compromise the widow. For the judge, his words are tantamount to admitting his own guilt. Further with the accusatory speech the public prosecutor acts and so skillfully and correctly recreates a course of events that the Trance it is necessary to dissolve only hands from surprise at a kind of perspicacity of the public prosecutor. The prosecutor talks about Gigas, that the deceased was a man walking through the streets, the means he used, sometimes were not too clean. In public, he played the role of a big guy, a successful businessman. Gigas was convinced of the faithfulness of his wife, but, in an effort to succeed in business, began to neglect this woman. He was deeply impressed by the news of his wife’s infidelity. His heart could not stand the brutal blow that was conceived and carried out by Trance, who made sure that the news of his wife’s betrayal certainly reached his ears. In a conversation with prosecutor Trance finally looks truth in the face and admits, to the indignation of his lawyer, that he is really a murderer, and insists on it. He is sentenced to death. His heart could not stand the brutal blow that was conceived and carried out by Trance, who made sure that the news of his wife’s betrayal certainly reached his ears. In a conversation with prosecutor Trance finally looks truth in the face and admits, to the indignation of his lawyer, that he is really a murderer, and insists on it. He is sentenced to death. His heart could not stand the brutal blow that was conceived and carried out by Trance, who made sure that the news of his wife’s betrayal certainly reached his ears. In a conversation with prosecutor Trance finally looks truth in the face and admits, to the indignation of his lawyer, that he is really a murderer, and insists on it. He is sentenced to death.

The executioner Pile takes him to a room intended for him, where he sees the guillotine from the judge’s collection, and he is enveloped in a horror similar to that which occurs in criminals before a real execution. However, Pile puts Trance in bed, and he instantly falls asleep. Waking up in the morning, Trans breakfasts, sits down in his car and, as if nothing had happened, with the same thoughts about his business partner, with which his head was busy the day before the car broke down, leaves the village. About yesterday’s dinner and court, he remembers as an extravagant whim of retirees, marveling to himself, to the fact that he imagines himself a murderer.


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Summary of “Accident”