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    Dave said, My wife'sMaggie'spocketbook was stolen from her car.

    Direct quote, so cannot be altered. #1 or #2 below?

    1. Dave said, “My wife's—Maggie's—pocketbook was stolen from her car.”

    2. Dave said, “My wife Maggie's pocketbook was stolen from her car.”

    If neither, how would you punctuate it?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Dave said, My wife'sMaggie'spocketbook was stolen from her car.

    Did he pause on either side of "Maggie's"?
    Did he say "wife's" or "wife"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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