What does Gregor's father reveal about the family's financial status?What is Gregor's reaction when he learns the truth abut their finances?

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Gregor's father reveals that the family actually has enough money to live comfortably for quite a while. The fact that this money had not been mentioned before tells us that Gregor had no knowledge of it. When Gregor hears his father discussing this with the rest of the family, he is actually quite relieved to know that they have money with which to survive. His reaction fits the complacency with which he has come to live his life. He harbors no anger at his father; anger might have made sense, though, since Gregor had been working to pay off his father's debt.

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After Gregor Samsa suffers an amazing transformation into a giant beetle-like insect, he becomes a pariah in his own home where he has thought himself the sole support. He worries about his family, but no one will speak to him directly. Nonetheless, he often overhears his family discussing their financial matters. On the first day after his transformation, Gregor hears his father go to his strongbox and take something from it. Then he hears his father explain the family's financial situation to his mother and his sister now that Gregor is not supporting the family as he has been.

Although his business collapsed five years ago, the father, Gregor overhears, has managed to save some money. This is the first "pleasant news" that Gregor has heard since his transformation. However, the eagerness with which Gregor once began his work and advanced himself so that all in his family could put the financial disaster behind them and the long and many hours that he worked hard to succeed for his family's sake are mitigated when he learns that the money that he has brought home (he kept very little) has never been completely used and a "tidy sum remains."

When he learns of his father's having saved money, Gregor is actually relieved by the knowledge that he has been freed of his financial obligation to his family. However, now he is held captive by his transformation because he can go nowhere.

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Gregor's father reveals that the family actually has enough money to live comfortably for quite a while. The fact that this money had not been mentioned before tells us that Gregor had no knowledge of it. When Gregor hears his father discussing this with the rest of the family, he is actually quite relieved to know that they have money with which to survive. His reaction fits the complacency with which he has come to live his life. He harbors no anger at his father; anger might have made sense, though, since Gregor had been working to pay off his father's debt.