Is 'word order' the correct term?
Does anyone know of other examples from the literary canon? I can think of merely one in English from As I Lay Dying (1930):
I can remember how when I was young I believed death to be a phenomenon of the body; now I know it to be merely a function of the mind — and that of the minds who suffer the bereavement. The nihilists say it is the end; the fundamentalists, the beginning; when in reality it is no more than a single tenant or family moving out of a tenement or a town.
I'm not disapproving Faulkner's mismatch! I quote him merely to exhibit how the bolded phrase can be rewritten to match time and word order, and to forestall the necessity to reorder the sequence of events
The fundamentalists say it is the beginning; the nihilists, the end;