Hand of Prague

  One day in 1921 or 1922, the author of Kafka Oral, Gustav Janosch and Dr. Kafka, walked from the industrial injury insurance company to the ring road of the Old City and walked diagonally opposite Tynehof. The Jacob Church, Kafka mentioned the building in front of it. It is an early spring or late autumn afternoon, the sky and the air are a bit gloomy, but the body feels comfortable.

  Kafka mentioned a hand hanging from the chain in the church of Jacob.
  Dr. Kafka proposed that Jarnosch responded that two people walked into the church to see the hand.
  The chain hangs from the ceiling with a blackened bone that remains with dry muscles and tendons. It can be seen from the shape that it is a person’s hand with the lower arm. It was 1400 years ago or shortly after the war of 1618-1648, cut from a thief and hung here for a “permanent commemoration”.

  About this hand is a magical story.
  There are many small altars in the church of Jacob, one of which has a wooden sculpture of Santa Maria, with a string of gold coins and silver coins. Hundreds of years have passed, and Dr. Kafka and Janosch still see it.
  A retired mercenary (perhaps escaped after the defeat) saw these gold coins and silver coins, could not help but burglary, hid in a confessional room, waited until the church closed and then went out to steal. He walked up to the front of the altar, climbed the high stool that the boss used to light the candle, and reached out to pick up the gold and silver, but his hand suddenly became stiff. The thief thought that the wooden sculpture had caught his hand, and he tried his best to pull it back, but it didn’t work at all. The next morning, when the secretary discovered it, the thief was still standing on the high stool and was exhausted. The secretary called the monk. The priests and the monks tried every means and could not take the thief’s hand off the statue. So the mayor called the executioner and cut off the thief’s arm with just one knife. At this time, the statue also loosened his hand and the lower arm fell to the ground.
  Naturally, when this scene happened, the church embraced many onlookers.
  People bandaged the wounds for this thief. A few days later, he was sentenced to years of imprisonment for attempting to steal church property. After the sentence was over, he worked as a servant of the Franciscans. The hand that was cut down was hung on the chain and simply accompanied by pictures and explanatory texts, including Latin, German and Czech.

  Kafka looked at the dry arm for a while, glanced at the text on the small board, and went out. Noah Shi is behind.
  ”It’s terrible, of course, the miracle of the Virgin is just a toughness.” Yanuo Shi, a high school student at the time.
  ”But how did this kind of embarrassment come from?” Kafka asked him.

  ”It may be some kind of sudden inner concern. The thief is eager to get the decoration of the Virgin, and the religious feelings concealed by this desire are suddenly awakened by his theft. His religious feelings are much stronger than he thought, so he The hand is stiff,” the high school student replied. The poems written by high school students have been praised by Kafka, and naturally it is not a simple high school student.

  ”Yes!” Kafka said nod. His hand held Jarnosch’s arm and said the following paragraph:
  ”The desire for the sacred thing, the shyness of the sacred object that comes with it. ” And the sense of justice that people have. All of this is a powerful and invincible force. Once people violate these things, they will recalcitate against him. They are moral adjustment forces, so one must be in the world. In carrying out a criminal act, he always must first crush these forces on his own body. To commit a crime, you must first dismember yourself in the mind. The person who wants to steal the sculpture like an ornament does not do this, so his The hand is stiff. He is paralyzed by his own sense of justice. For him, the knife of the executioner is not as terrible as you think. On the contrary, the fear and pain bring him relief, and the dismemberment of the soul is the executioner. This is replaced by the damage of his flesh. In this way, a poor retired soldier who can’t steal even a puppet is liberated from the conscience of the conscience, and can continue to be a man.”