"The anticipation/expectation of the man surpassed the renown of his character and the wonder of his arrival [surpassed] the anticipation/expectation."
The verb is implicitly repeated.
Verbum bis sonare subauditur.
I'm writing in Latin hoping for correction, and not because I'm confident in how I express myself. Latinè scribo ut ab omnibus corrigar, non quod confidenter me exprimam.