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still reading Kafka's 'the trial'

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I keep loesing the book ....
Here's a little piece .....

K. made up his mind to observe rather than speak, consquently he offered no defense of his alleged lateness in arriving and merely said: "Whether I am late or not, I am here now." A burst of applause followed, once more from the right side of the hall. "These people are easy to win over," thought K., disturbed only by the silence in the left half of the room, which lay just behind him and from which only one or two isolated handclaps had come. He considered what he should say to win over the whole of the audience once and for all, or if that were not possible, at least to win over most of them for the time being.

Question: What was K. on trial for?
Anyone have any insight?