Part 3, Chapters 4-6 Summary

The time comes when Michael needs to find a job in the legal profession, but he shies away from what he sees as the grotesque roles of prosecutors, defenders, and judges. He is thrilled when he is offered the job of researcher by a professor of legal history even though Gertrud says that he is running away from real-life responsibilities. Michael agrees that he is running away, and he is happy to be away from others to pursue a quiet love of the law. Michael, however, knows that by studying the past, he cannot escape the present as the historian's role is to bridge the past and the present.

Michael re-reads The Odyssey shortly after he and Gertrud separate. But he often falls asleep reading in the middle of the...

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