Waiting for the Barbarians - Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 5 Summary

The barbarians arrive before dark, stealing clothing, food, and anything of use, inspiring fear that turns into paranoia. The rumors that the barbarians arm against their invaders spread, encouraging angst and conflicts. Drunkenness spreads among the soldiers.

The magistrate is released from prison without any means of survival. He is forced to live on the street. The barbarians hide while their huts are destroyed. They reappear in other places, being cheated when they try to trade with fish. Policeman Mandel wants the magistrate to work. When he responds that he is still awaiting his trial, he learns that there are no records of him. The magistrate is at odds with Mandel, who seems to be unaffected by his torture of other people. When he asks Mandel how he can eat and get on with life after tormenting people, he hits him in the chest. The magistrate survives...

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