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Acts and events that occur at the same time are related at the level of life, no matter how unconnected they appear on the surface. The relation sometimes reveals later on as a physical connection between people or events. Often it represents a psychological parallel between the thoughts or attitudes of different people that only reveals to a careful observation. But regardless of appearances, simultaneous events are always related.

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  1. The simultaneous arrival of Collins, Wickham and Darcy in Meryton.
  2. Collins and Wickham are instruments for Darcy and Eliza to come together. Wickham has a previous relationship with Darcy. Collins has links to Lady Catherine. Collins and Wickham are complementary characters. Collins feels excessively humble and imagines himself elevated beyond his actual position. Wickham feels excessively humiliated by life and robbed of his rightful position. Both are shameless.

  3. The seeds of four weddings are sown in a few days.
  4. All four weddings are connected not only in time but intimately related through the actions and relationships of the people involved.
  5. Jane, Eliza, Lydia and Collins meet Wickham, Bingley and Darcy at Meryton. These are seven of the eight people who are to later get married. Wickham and Collins have links with Darcy and his family. Mrs.Gardiner has lived in Derbyshire. Elizabeth’s friend Charlotte goes to live near Rosings. Charlotte arrives at Longbourn just after Eliza has rejected Collins proposal, leading Collins to propose to Charlotte three days later.

    The perfect timing of Charlotte’s arrival reflects the intensity of Collins’ desire for a wife and hers for a husband, as well as the intimate bond of friendship and goodwill between Eliza and Charlotte.

  6. When Wickham visits Longbourn, Caroline’s letter arrives announcing Bingley’s departure from Herefordshire. When Wickham turns his interest from Eliza to Miss King, the Gardiners invite Eliza for a summer tour that takes her to Pemberley and Darcy.
  7. It is highly significant that Caroline’s letter comes at the moment Wickham comes to their house. Wickham represents a disruptive vibration that destroys marriages. The moment Eliza moves closer to him, Bingley and Darcy move away. When Wickham later moves away in pursuit of Mary King, seeds are planted for the future meeting of Eliza and Darcy at Pemberley. If Eliza had been a conscious observer, she could have noted that her every thought of Wickham is reflected by marriage prospects moving away from her family.

  8. Darcy calls unannounced at the parsonage at a time when Eliza is alone and writing a letter to Jane. A few days later he calls again to propose. This time Eliza is reading Jane’s letters and ruminating over her resentment at Darcy’s interference with her sister’s happiness.
  9. Darcy wants to marry Eliza but wants to distance himself from all other relations with the family, including a possible marriage of Jane and his friend Bingley. But Eliza’s closest relationship is with Jane and all her thoughts are focused on Jane’s disappointed marriage to Bingley. When Darcy thinks of proposing to Eliza, she is only thinking of her sister’s disappointed for which she now believes Darcy is responsible. Therefore, his visits coincide with her correspondence with Jane. Darcy’s proposal coming at the moment of her most intense hatred is symbolic of the two social layers meeting, not by their conscious choice, but compelled by subconscious social forces.

  10. Darcy arrives just after Jane’s letter to Eliza announcing Lydia’s elopement.
  11. Darcy is indirectly responsible for Lydia’s elopement. Therefore, he comes just when the news arrives. His arrival brings the remedy, so the remedy comes along with the problem. In fact, the remedy is related to the problem. Darcy possesses the full power to solve the problem and the willingness, yet at the time Eliza is unaware of her capacity to determine the outcome by accepting his help.


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