Odd coincidences find their way into the most impressive of our literary works. Where the literary work in question happens to be a novel most of us tend to shake our heads and decry “but for that sign of immaturity, this would have been a truly great work.” They are more fruitfully associated with an older form of drama, where such ‘coincidences’ were taken to be a sign of the dramatist’s capacity to tie up all loose ends before the curtain descends on the final act.

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