For a long time I was wondering why this phrasing sounded so familiar (the scene where Quilty is murdered):
"He was naked and goatish under his robe, and I felt suffocated as he rolled over me. I rolled over him. We rolled over me. They rolled over him. We rolled over us."
Apart from the instinctive farcical-comedy of the scene, I always felt an echo of something I had read before. Was casually re-reading some Joyce, when I came across this:
"As said before he ate with relish the inner organs, nutty gizzards, fried cods' roes while Richie Goulding, Collis, Ward ate steak and kidney, steak then kidney, bite by bite of pie he ate Bloom ate they ate." (Chap 11, Ulysses)
Do we have a name for this literary device? Extended periphrasis? Or is it just my ears only?
PS - Alfred Appel of course, annotates the "Because. . . ." poem that follows in the same page, from Eliot's Ash-Wednesday but apparently he didn't feel anything here.