Aposiopesis (a-pos-i-o-pee’-sis): Breaking off suddenly in the middle of speaking, usually to portray being overcome with emotion.
My hands are freezing. Little Joram is shivering in his stroller. I can’t walk much farther in this frozen . . . it, it, it’s just not right. Will they give us food and shelter? Will we be arrested? What will become of us? How far is the border?
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Definition courtesy of “Silva Rhetoricae” (rhetoric.byu.edu)