"The Botanic Gardens - the gate" Botanic Gardens Tip by KennetRose

Botanic Gardens, Oxford: 9 reviews and 16 photos

  The gate
by KennetRose

Through this gate the visitor to the Botanic Gardens passes through a high wall when crossing from the neatly laid-out formal gardens in the main part, closest to Magdalen College, to the younger and wilder garden at the far end. It's through here that Lyra leads Will, shortly before their final parting, to find the bench which they agree to sit on at noon every Midsummer Day in their respective universes.

Walls and barriers, gates and windows are an important recurring motif throughout His Dark Materials. There's something poignant about those roses, climbing towards each other but not meeting, and I like to think it's not too far fetched to suppose that they formed part of Pullman's inspiration.

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  • Written Jun 4, 2003
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