Who comes to visit Gregor?

In The Metamorphosis, Gregor's boss comes to visit after Gregor does not show up for the 5:00 a.m. train to make sales calls.

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As Gregor predicts, his boss comes to visit him after he does not show up for the early train. Gregor is a traveling salesman and is expected to be on the 5:00 a.m. train so that he can visit clients. However, since he has turned into a giant insect, going...

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As Gregor predicts, his boss comes to visit him after he does not show up for the early train. Gregor is a traveling salesman and is expected to be on the 5:00 a.m. train so that he can visit clients. However, since he has turned into a giant insect, going to work is impossible.

As Gregor listens from the next room, his mother covers up for him and explains to the boss how dedicated Gregor is to the job. She and her husband tell the manager that Gregor is sick.

The boss insists that salesmen have to learn to work through mild symptoms of illness for the sake of the business. When Gregor does not come out of his room, the manager starts accusing him of acting strangely and implies he has embezzled money, is not doing well with his sale quotas, and may soon have to be fired. Gregor starts to beg him to calm down and says he is coming and will go to work. Of course, since he has changed into an insect, this comes out as gibberish.

Gregor, not quite aware of how much he has changed, manages to open the door to his room. In a comic scene, his mother faints while the boss backs away and flees from the house in terror.

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