The Key of Love and Locked Iron Gates
Miss Bertram longs to pass through a locked gate:
Yes, certainly the sun shines and the park looks very cheerful, but unluckily that iron gate . . . gives me a feeling of restraint and hardship. I cannot get out, as the starling said . . .
Jane Austen, excerpt from Chapter 10, Mansfield Park
Mansfield Park is a celebrated novel by Jane Austen, written in the spirit of a cautionary tale. Its memorable characters wrestle through a plot peppered with a host of powerful passages, witty turn of phrases, and sharp insights on the human condition.
Miss Bertram expresses a wish of passing through the locked gate into the more promising park beyond, that . . .
“. . . their views and their plans might be more comprehensive. It was the very thing of all others to be wished, it was the best, it was the only way of proceeding with any advantage . . . Go therefore they must to that knoll, and through that gate; but the gate was locked.”
But. For. The. Key.
And . . . there IS a key. That thing uniquely designed to open the locked gate so “their views and their plans might be more comprehensive.” So, they might see all things perfectly.
What do you do when you face locked gates in your life, blocking you from moving forward? Do you wait for the key, or seek to cross the threshold by . . . another way?
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