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Alchemy in books [Mar. 23rd, 2006|08:45 am]
Citing Literary Works


Hi there,

      I am a first time poster in this community. The subject of alchemy intrigues me as a fundamental argument in mysteries. I've recently begun the book The chymical wedding and simply ignored the format of the author's use of quotation marks. I'm accustomed to reading books in which the characters verbalizing dialog is shown by containing the lines of spoken text between double quotation marks. However, in The chymical wedding, single quotes are used for this purpose. I assume this is done for the purpose of leaving open the double quotation marks symbol for when the characters in the book are quoted quoting text from a second book.
      What I'm asking with this convoluted intro is whether novels which don't see a need to contain quoted material within quoted (dialog) text in the book don't need to worry about saving double quotes for this purpose. It seems quoting a book for a story should be adequate with single quotes (the reverse of text format in The chymical wedding). Is there a rule in grammar techniques for using quotation marks, and does that rule differ for books printed in the UK?

      'You mean that's it? That my feelings don't count?'
      There was an amused reproach in her glance as she pulled the straps over her shoulders. 'Do you really know what they are, Alex?'

-Lindsay Clarke