In the story, what does the phrase "The law is not always the same shape- you have done what you have done." means?

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This remark is made by John's father after John has returned from The Place of the Gods and tells his father what he has done. John's father makes the remark "The law is not always the same shape." In other words, what fit for me doesn't necessarily fit for you. The law is not a "one size fits all" institution. It must change in order to adapt with the times. His father adds that "I could not have done what you have done." Thus, John's father is saying that the law restricting access to the Place of the Gods was right for his generation. But " you have done what you have done" The father is emphasizing the idea that John comes from a new generation and it may be time for the law to "change shape" to adapt to the new times and new knowledge.

brucea | Student

It means that its obvious that not everyones the same. Where as Johns father couldnt go the whole way through all the stuff, doesnt mean that John can't go the whole way.

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