Saturday, April 19, 2008

on my own, like Eponine


Joseph spotted this lonely quotation mark. He suggests it's some kind of mysterious pronunciation mark.

Also, check out this review on salon.com! We appear to be a critic's pick!

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

But Bethany, you're missing an apostrophe here! Excess apostrophes and quotation marks-- truly painful, to be sure. But it's good to use them when they belong!
Rayna

bethany said...

oops! I fixed it.

Sarah said...

On my own, pretending he's beside me
All alone, I change the sentence's meaning...

(sorry, musical theatre geekery coming out.)

Ame-gee said...

so without the other quotes, "assistance still feels the other quotes "arms" around it?

Kennebec Captain said...

I though of this site the other day but couldn't remember where it was until I saw Salon. I thought of it after reading William Langewiesche's article, The Lessons of ValuJet 592 - this was the flight that went down in the Everglades after some oxygen cylinders caught fire. The worker who filled out the paperwork for the cargo was fond of using quotation marks and was grilled after the accident as to why he had written "empty" instead of empty on the form for the cylinders. Investigators suspected that he knew they were not in fact empty but had loaded them anyway. His answer was - no reason, he just did. He was able to show other cases where he used them for no reason.

Pete said...

Maybe the closing quotation mark was on the other side of the page. Because let's face it - any writer capable of writing such a moving and compelling phrase shouldn't be arbitrarily limited to just one side of the supermarket sign.

John said...

nothing lonelier than the hanging quotation mark.

Ashley Sumners said...

I bet you never thought your blog would end up on a list that also includes the awesomeness that is LOST. Way to go!