creation of comma splice?

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enydia

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Hi, everyone.

I found the following text on a web page (http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/commas.htm) :

If an attribution of a quoted element comes in the middle of the quotation, two commas will be required. But be careful not to create a comma splice in so doing.
    • "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many things."
    • "I should like to buy an egg, please," she said timidly. "How do you sell them?"
Is it a creation of comma splice if I change the period (in red) to comma? Why?


For another example, which of the following two sentence is correct:
"I don't care," she said, "what you think about it."
"I don't care," she said. "What do you think?"

Thanks in advance. :)
 
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David L.

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YES yes yes, it is.
I should like to buy an egg, please," she said timidly. "How do you sell them?"

I should like to buy an egg, please," she said timidly. "How much are they?"

I should like to buy an egg, please," she said timidly. "Do you have a box to put it in?"

I should like to buy an egg, please," she said timidly. "I hope they are fresh."

The point is, the second part of each sentence is a completely separate thought/idea and needs to be separated by more than a comma from the first statement; and in this case, by more than just a semi-colon - hence, the period.

For another example, which of the following two sentences is correct:
"I don't care," she said, "what you think about it."
"I don't care," she said. "What do you think?"


They have entirely different meanings. They are both grammatically correct, but the first sentence is odd : why is there any need to break the sentence up in that way? The first part is so short and is not so profound a thought that it needs to be emphasized by separating it.
compare:
"I don't care what the neighbours think", said Jane, "because nothing is going to stop me."
 
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