Sometimes I am reading our current novel and have a flashback to a previous book. Like when I read this quote from chapter 44 of Moby-Dick:
What trances of torments does that man endure who is consumed with one unachieved revengeful desire. He sleeps with clenched hands; and wakes with his own bloody nails in his palms.
Obviously, Ahab is the character described in the quote, but in the margin of my copy I wrote, “sounds like Roger Chillingworth.”
I love it when a character comes back to visit, even a creepy one like Hester’s husband.