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coincidence
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Definition
a situation where two things happened at the same time or in the same way by chance even though it was unlikely

(for example, if two students in the same class met by accident while visiting another country)
  • It's no answer, of course, to believe in accidents, or in coincidences; but is God really a better answer?
    p. 581.9
  • On the rare coincidence of a Thursday morning delivery (when my mother was in Boston), I used to wake up to the sound of the coal and imagine that, at that precise moment, my mother was starting to sing.
    p. 18.4
  • He looked at my mother, and at me; he stared at the burlap sack; he gazed into the hole in the rose bed as if it were his own grave—and no coincidence that a short walk with his wife had ended here.
    p. 185.9
  • What a coincidence!
    p. 190.9
  • Of course, I know now that Owen didn't believe in coincidences.
    p. 191.0
  • Owen Meany believed that "coincidence" was a stupid, shallow refuge sought by stupid, shallow people who were unable to accept the fact that their lives were shaped by a terrifying and awesome design— more powerful and unstoppable than The Flying Yankee.
    p. 191.0
  • What I know now is that Owen Meany would have quickly said it was NO COINCIDENCE.
    p. 196.4
  • Would he have termed it NO COINCIDENCE, too, that we (one afternoon) were engaged in our usual investigations of a second-floor room when we heard another master key engage the lock on the door?
    p. 196.5
  • Since Owen and I were working our way to the first floor, it was perhaps inevitable—as Owen would have suggested—and NO COINCIDENCE that we should have encountered the Brinker-Smiths in a second-floor room.
    p. 197.3
  • Ask yourself what Hardy thinks of 'God's allotment'—and what does he think of bad luck, of coincidence, of so-called circumstances beyond our control?
    p. 313.3
  • I asked them to consider the coincidence of Nick's thirtieth birthday; the meaning of the sentence "Before me stretched the portentous, menacing road of a new decade" might give our class as much trouble as the meaning of "an urban distaste for the concrete."
    p. 328.6
  • There was in his attitude toward me that same mild pity and mild contempt I had seen before—when The Flying Yankee had passed over the Maiden Hill trestle bridge, precisely as Owen and I had passed under it, and I'd called this a "coincidence."
    p. 483.4

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