Chains and deviations OR chains or divinations?

Adrian Miles in Hypertext Structure as the Event of Connection numbers a section of the paper "5" and this section corresponds to a discussion of the concept of closure and this section contains a reference using both name and number and this section states a desire. Given the author's declaration of an interest in ends, means and manners, the sequence of the conjuctions in the last sentence of this section provide an interesting pattern.

and, and, but

Miles writes:

Douglas has written extesively and in great deatil on closure and hypertext narrative [12], but rather than concentrating on the nature of closure per se I want to consider the manner in which closure generates teleological principles which impact on excess and meaning.

A reader may be aware of the title of the book by Douglas. A reader may bring an awareness of that textual node (the book title) to a reading of this node (the statement of desire by Miles). A reader might discern a syntactical tactic. Miles applies pressure to the mirroring "Or" of the title (and likely the textual and rhetorical structure) of a resource reference by number from a listing of bibliographic resources and by author name. Whether the application is teleological or retrospective matters little. Whatever interpretative twist is given to the appearance or not in this node of the book title in question matters little. The take Miles offers on closure circumvents nihilistic loops of some of the hype about hypertext. It deflects the apocalyptic readings of the End and it inflects the Interminable with pauses.

The syntactical tactic reminds one reader of the children's rhyme-and-gesture game that by-passes naming an anatomical part. It is a combination of chant and gesture that if recited and mimed with ever increasing speeds is likely to topple the player into hilarity.

Head and shoulders
knees and toes, knees and toes

Hypertextual reading expects the "end" as gateway. There is no cul-de-sac. A dead end is an invitation to turn.

Adrian Miles
"Hypertext Structure as the Event of Connection"
Journal of Digital Information 2:3 2002

[12] refers to
J.Y. Douglas (2000)
The End of Books Or Books Without End? Reading Interactive Narratives
referenced by Miles