aposiopesis

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breaking off in the middle of a sentence (as by writers of realistic conversations)

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Jim's act, too, triggers an ideological crisis for Marlow; it is no accident, according to Greaney, that his ostensibly oral narrative most clearly shows its true status as modernist ecriture at the moment when its values are most forcefully challenged--the scene with the French lieutenant, where the text is "littered with italics, parentheses, aposiopetic breaks, and diacritical marks" (85).
Frayed, indecisive, halting, aposiopetic, vexed by endless qualifiers, self-tortured to the verge of incompletion, they admit all the rhythmic interruptions of the human voice when it finds itself under the pressures of strong emotion.