I would love if you could tell us your headcanon re. Lydia Bennet in China, and also what the Chinese view of soulmarks is.
Lydia marries a pirate captain in Ching Shih’s fleet. She is fearless, utterly ignorant of the risks she takes, and very useful in speaking with the English. I think the Chinese notion of soulmarks relies a lot on the red thread of destiny idea— with various types philosophical traditions taking different ideas of it. I don’t know enough about Chinese philosophy c. 1812 to really say who believes what, but though I’m sure some people believe your mark refers to the person Yuè Lāu means for you to marry others think soulmates are destined to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. At least one sect of Buddhism thinks that the person whose name is on your wrist is the person who will help you to achieve enlightenment. You will be reincarnated and reborn again and again until you find the person on your wrist; they will help you to break the cycle and transcend.