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I guess you are mistaken here that c1 is pointed to c.......Well 1 thing about java is that its pass by copy. So bitpattern used to get to the object it refers is passed not the object. and when c1 = c3 and c2 = c3 happens means c1 and c2 is used to refer the object which is referred by c3. Now the objects referred by c1 and c2 are eligible for GC. The reference z inside the objects are reference variables which reside in the heap and thus cannot be used from the outside world or from a live thread.
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