Gregor’s severe boss at work is the chief clerk. When his subordinate misses the morning train to work, he travels to the Samsas. Gregor’s absence has upset the unreasonable employer, who has even suggested that he would lose his job.
Before his transformation, Gregor Samsa was a dependable worker who never missed a day of work. Gregor discovers he’s missed his morning train as he awakens from his “uneasy dreams.” In spite of his decision to take a sick day, the office worker finds him at his home.
The boss reprimands him in the chat that takes place through the door. His “place in the firm is not so impenetrable,” he tells Gregor. Even worse, he worries that Gregor might have skipped work in order to keep the company’s money for himself. It’s amusing how Gregor was treated unfairly. The chaos brought about by his single absence prompted everyone to knock on his bedroom door and demand an explanation.
The scene gets much sillier when Gregor opens the door. He goes into great detail with the clerk’s family about the situation. His buzzes and crickets are incomprehensible. The family notices Gregor’s altered appearance as the clerk flees in complete panic.