Here’s a rather challenging meme I started, or attempted to start, five years ago. It is truly wonderful to reflect how stupid we were back then compared to how smart we are now. In only five years!
Anyhow, I just discovered a new example today, which I place last in the list below:
The narrator’s rich friend Ravelston in Orwell’s Keep the Aspidistra Flying AND the narrator’s rich friend Ravelstein in Bellow’s book.
The Annamite mistress appearing in Pynchon’s V. AND the Annamite mistress found in Graham Greene’s The Quiet American.
The defective trousers that figure in both A Confederacy of Dunces AND Robert Walser’s story “The Walk.”
The oddly fascinating plaster crack found in the bathroom in Tom McCarthy’s Remainder and the same item found in the same room in Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s La salle de bain.
Incidentally, in the intervening half-decade I’ve been informed by an unimpeachable source that Toole could not have known Walser’s story. So put that one down as “chance.”