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The sullen earth is much too red for comfort. Punctuate Properly Punctuation of quotations often causes more trouble than it should. Once again, you just need to keep these simple rules in mind. ” The only exception to this rule is when the quotation is followed by a parenthetical reference. In this case, the period or comma goes after the citation (more on these later in this chapter): Angelou and her son enjoy to the hilt their first experience of Africa: “We looked at each other and laughed out loud” (890).

Just my breath, carrying my words out, might poison people and they’d curl up and die like the black fat slugs that only pretended. I had to stop talking” (70). The young Marguerite Johnson becomes silent after she lies on the witness stand. She said that her mother’s boyfriend had never touched her before the time of the rape. Marguerite does not want to admit on the stand that Mr. Freeman had previously held and touched her and that she had liked it and kept it a secret under threat from the man.

Instead, she rents a hotel room, where she has a thesaurus, a Bible, a dictionary, a pack of cards, and yellow legal pads on which she composes with a pen. Her collections of short essays include Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993) and Even the Stars Look Lonesome (1997); her children’s books include Life Doesn’t Frighten Me (1993), My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me (1994), Kofi and His Magic (1996), and four volumes of Maya’s World (2004) on children in Lapland, Italy, France, and Hawaii.

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