Literary atomism: from ‘The Recognitions’

And when unrest showed on those gray shoals, he put them as dismal ease once more by reminding them that they were, even at that moment, being regarded from On High as a stiff-necked and uncircumcised generation of vipers: they found such reassurances comforting.

William Gaddis, The Recognitions.

There is a subtle, shifting consonance that gives it a quality of rhythm William Gass (forwarder of the work in question) would call “by the mouth for the ear”. Those light repetitions give the line, and indeed much of the work, a sermonic tone, of language audibly gaining steam.

— Joshua Rothes