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?

3 Answers 3


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"]

How about "...we see how Jacob repeats the mistakes he made earlier in life?"


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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    Can we say purple prose? Commented Mar 11, 2011 at 1:20
  • put down the magnetic poetry set and step away from the refrigerator, slowly! Commented Mar 11, 2011 at 13:02
  • sorry guys xxxx Commented Mar 11, 2011 at 16:03

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