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Author's intention

Posted by Natty on June 30, 2004

1. Why does the author say in the following excerpt that "God planted a garden":

... he took the chair beside her, and it did not occur to either of them that they had not known one another since the beginning, when between St. John's Wood and Albany Street God planted a garden.

(The plot takes place in Regent's Park in London.)
Just to emphasize how marvelous, or shall I say divine, the garden is? Or is that some literary citation?

2. What does he mean by saying "All partings take but a little while":

He kissed her and seemed loth to let her go.

"I shall only be a little while," smiled Christina.

"All partings take but a little while," he answered.

Thank you very much!