Dullthudding barrels

Figure of speech. In one of the early paragraphs of Aeolus, a sentence is followed by another one that reverses the order of its elements: "Grossbooted draymen rolled barrels dullthudding out of Prince's stores and bumped them up on the brewery float. On the brewery float bumped dullthudding barrels rolled by grossbooted draymen out of Prince's stores." In rhetorical theory this kind of ABBA structure is called chiasmus, or sometimes antimetabole. It shows up again, somewhat disguised, later in the chapter.

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A phrase attributed to Winston Churchill, diagrammed to reveal its chiasmic structure. Source: www.ifioque.com.

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