A character in the parable Josef hears from the prison chaplain. The doorkeeper guards a gate to the law; behind him, more powerful doorkeepers guard other gates. A man comes seeking access to the Law, but the doorkeeper refuses to let him past, even though the man waits in front of the gate for his entire lifetime. When the man dies, the doorkeeper closes the gate and reveals that the gate existed for that man alone.
The Doorkeeper Quotes in The Trial
The The Trial quotes below are all either spoken by The Doorkeeper or refer to The Doorkeeper. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Oxford University Press edition of The Trial published in 2009.).
Chapter 9 Quotes
I am only accepting this so you will not think there is something you have omitted to do.
No one else could be granted entry here, because this entrance was intended for you alone. I shall now go and shut it.
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The Doorkeeper Character Timeline in The Trial
The timeline below shows where the character The Doorkeeper appears in The Trial. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...how their positions compare. Josef begins to realize that it is possible to see the doorkeeper’s role as anything ranging from a considerate, dutiful servant to a small-minded cheat. The chaplain... (full context)