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Hi, there.Kafka could have also followed convention and placed a period just before the concluding quotation marks, or after “officer,” or after “explorer.” But he chose not to do any of these things, to rather extend the sentence well past where it would normally end. All of this reflects on the quotation marks, since they initiate the sentence. Here, the extended sentence perfectly captures the mindset of the officer, a man who is so anxious to show off his apparatus that he can barely finish speaking before he is already surveying it.
“It’s a remarkable piece of apparatus,” said the officer to the explorer and surveyed with a certain air of admiration the apparatus which was after all quite familiar to him.
-- Noah Lukeman, A Dash of Style
I can’t figure out ‘Here’ in the last sentence.
Does this mean ‘Listen to me’, or ‘In this example’?
Here - in the sentence we are considering.