Franz Kafka (1883-1924)
They were given the choice between becoming kings or the couriers of kings. In the manner of children, they all wanted to be couriers. As a result, there are only couriers. They gallop through the world shouting to each other messages that, since there are no kings, have become meaningless. Gladly would they put an end to their miserable existence, but they dare not, because of their oaths of service.
[Translated from the German by Lyman Baker]
What is the most important word in this passage and why? Write a paragraph of at least 100 words explaining why this word is the most important to the meaning of this passage. (That means explaining what the passage means as well.)
Part Two: What word would you choose as the most important word in this passage if you were not allowed to use "kings" or "couriers"? Why?