One of my projects is to read through Jane Austen’s major works. I read a few in high school, but I really can’t remember what they were about except for some vague reference to a Keira Knightley film, I think. I finished Pride and Prejudice a few weeks ago. I am reading Peter Leithart’s Miniatures and Morals alongside it. Sure enough, Leithart finds a way to bring chiasms into it! I think it works.
A. Mr and Mrs Bennet
B. Bingley and Darcy arrive in Netherfield; hopes for Jane
C. Collins; hopes for Elizabeth
C’ Collins proposes; Dashes hopes for Elizabeth
B’ Bingley and Darcy leave; dashes hopes for Jane
A’ Mr and Mrs Bennet
Someone could object, “He’s projecting that chiasm onto Austen.” But the response is simple, “Is it there or not?” Anyway, fun.