Unities

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Unities

In real property law, the four characteristics that are peculiar to property owned by several individuals as joint tenants.

The four unities are unity of time, unity of title, unity of interest, and unity of possession.

Unity of time is a characteristic because each joint tenant receives his or her interest at the same time—that is, upon delivery of the deed to the property. Unity of title exists because each tenant receives his or her title from the same grantor, and unity of interest because each tenant owns an undivided interest in the property. Unity of possession exists because each tenant has the right of possession of every part of the whole property.

Cross-references

Estate; Joint Tenancy.

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And that is the context of a story which unfolds within 24 hours, observing the classical unities of time, place and action: Anna Maurant - Carrie-Ann Williams bringing such a welldrawn performance, her well-supported warm tones finding the point of each phrase - consoles herself for a life downtrodden by a bullying husband in an affair with the milkman.
Their readings of three comedies -- Every Man in His Humour (1598), the prototype for the great comedies of Jonson's middle period, Volpone (1606) and The Alchemist (1610) -- are especially insightful on Jonson's adapting of the classical unities to his own creative purposes.
The style and dramaturgy are of course Senecan, laden with sententious utterances like the one just quoted, composed of long speeches, observing the decorums of the classical unities and the reporting of offstage violence through the dialogue.