The big houses sat in self-congratulatory propinquity on their level green lawnsstout matrons seated elbow to elbow, implacably chaperoning a ball.Brendan Gill: 1990 On a residential boulevard of Rochester, NewYork. A New York Life.
Propinquity had brought Imagination to that pitch where it casts out All that is not itself. I had grown wild And wandered murmuring everywhere,'My child, my child.'W(illiam) B(utler) Yeats: 1939 'A Bronze Head', l.18-21. Collected in Last Poems (1939).
Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate.Germaine Greer: Security (p. 274)
Our anti-Communism came to us neither as the fruit of a special wisdom nor as a humiliating awakening from a prolonged deception, but as a natural event, the product of chance and propinquity. One thing followed another, and the will had little to say about it. For my part, during that year, I realized, with a certain wistfulness, that it was too late for me to become any kind of Marxist. Marxism, I saw, from the learned young man I listened to at Committee meetings, was something you had to take up young, like ballet dancing.mary mccarthy: My Confession (1953)
Each day used to be individually felt by me in its reference to the foreign post days; in its distance from, or propinquity to, the next Sunday. I had my Wednesday feelings, my Saturday nights’ sensations.Charles Lamb: “The superannuated man”