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    Quotation mark usage

    When writing a sentence in third person and the narrator is relating a characters thoughts, does the thought begin and end with quotation marks as if they were speaking to someone?

    Example: Thinking about all the work she had put off that day to go to the beach, "Thank God I finished that report for Mr. Howard this morning," Joan thought to herself while basking in the sun as the waves lapped up on her toes.

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    Re: Quotation mark usage

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    When writing a sentence in third person and the narrator is relating a characters thoughts, does the thought begin and end with quotation marks as if they were speaking to someone?

    Example: Thinking about all the work she had put off that day to go to the beach, "Thank God I finished that report for Mr. Howard this morning," Joan thought to herself while basking in the sun as the waves lapped up on her toes.
    No, these days in English Romances, quotes are not used for thoughts of the heroine. You have third person restricted point of view (to the protagonist - and recently also to the hero, though usually at a different time). So you normally assume that thoughts are occurring in your heroines head.

    Joan found her mind going over all the work she had put off that day to go to the beach. Thank God, she thought, she had finished that report for Mr. Howard this morning. Joan basked in the sun as the waves lapped up on her toes.
    Her eyes had just closed when she noticed that the light had dropped suddenly. She opened her emerald green eyes to find herself staring into the fact of a dead image of her boss - except, perhaps, that this image was forty years younger, and smiled in a way that completely shattered the illusion that he could be relation.
    "Hi," he said, casually, "Day off?"
    "Y...Yes." Joan bit her lip. She hasn't expecting to have to talk to anyone - even well-built bronzed ... Her thoughts were cut off.
    "My names Ted; Ted Howard," the young man said, easily lowering his firm fit body to sit beside her.
    Howard! though Joan, alarmed. He must be the bosses son! And here she was taking a day of sick leave! She debated whether she should show some signs of sickness, but decided it wouldn't be very convincing. "I'm Jo ... er, Joanne," she said, already regretting her first lie to this young Mr.Howard.






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