Ben says on p. 37, "Those keys, nothing between me and them, I die." Henry asks him where he got that idea. From Professor Wenger, his teacher, Ben says. Then...
"Those keys are your friends," said Henry, sounding even kinder.What Will must have been thinking is not revealed to us. In fact I just realized that there's a link here between Ben and Will: fear of keys.
Ben shook his head. "Keys kill. Keys kill." [He senses danger in the keys, that the music so unlocked with consume him. He's afraid of that. Wenger once said the those keys would kill him unless he worked on developing his skill, an awful thing to say.]
"Well it was nice to see you again, Ben," Henry said.
For Ben, keys are things that operate a piano, that unlock the music. For Will, keys are things that unlock doors. Of course music is a door to another world, but that's another thing.
There's an idea for a book: a music student who takes a job in a locksmith shop to support himself and he studies to be a concert pianist.
And there's quadruple meaning here. Keys unlock doors. Keys allow playing the piano. Keys access the emotional depth of music. Keys are islands, as in the Florida keys. What do they unlock?
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