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I don't know how to reword this:

Along the way, we see how the faults Jacob made earlier in life are repeated back on him.

I know

repeated back on him

doesn't sound correct, but I don't know what to replace it with.

Any ideas?

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first of all, it's "the mistakes" he made — one doesn't make faults

  • are revisited upon him
  • return upon him
  • come back to bite him in the [tuchus]
  • come back to haunt him
  • come home to roost
  • beat a path back to his door [a play on "if you build a better mousetrap, the world will beat a path to your door"]
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How about "...we see how Jacob repeats the mistakes he made earlier in life?"

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we see how the faults Jacob made earlier in his life begin to bleed back into his existence, recurring endlessly like an abyss in trepidation, an inflatable nightmare; draining through fading, whispered telephone conversations in the winter drear.

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mea culpa...... – Edward Rose Mar 11 '11 at 0:51
Can we say purple prose? – Ralph Gallagher Mar 11 '11 at 1:20
put down the magnetic poetry set and step away from the refrigerator, slowly! – Lauren Ipsum Mar 11 '11 at 13:02
sorry guys xxxx – Edward Rose Mar 11 '11 at 16:03

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