Is there a name for the literary technique of opening a chapter with a series of summary phrases? An example from Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome:
Plans discussed.—Pleasures of “camping-out,” on fine nights.—Ditto, wet nights.—Compromise decided on.—Montmorency, first impressions of.—Fears lest he is too good for this world, fears subsequently dismissed as groundless.—Meeting adjourns.
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Other books I'm aware of that do this:
- To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
- Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
- Making Money by Terry Pratchett