IV. A FEW MATTERS OF FORM
|August 9, 1918||Chapter XII|
|Rule 3||352d Infantry|
|I went to his house yesterday (my third attempt to see him), but he had left town.|
|He declares (and why should we doubt his good faith?) that he is now certain of success.|
(When a wholly detached expression or sentence is parenthesized, the final stop comes before the last mark of parenthesis.)
|The provision of the Constitution is: "No tax or duty shall be laid on articles exported from any state."|
Quotations grammatically in apposition or the direct objects of verbs are preceded by a comma and enclosed in quotation marks.
|I recall the maxim of La Rochefoucauld, "Gratitude is a lively sense of benefits to come."|
|Aristotle says, "Art is an imitation of nature."|
Quotations of an entire line, or more, of verse, are begun on a fresh line and centred, but not enclosed in quotation marks.
|Wordsworth's enthusiasm for the Revolution was at first unbounded:
But to be young was very heaven!
Quotations introduced by that are regarded as in indirect discourse and not enclosed in quotation marks.
|Keats declares that beauty is truth, truth beauty.|
Proverbial expressions and familiar phrases of literary origin require no quotation marks.
|These are the times that try men's souls.|
|He lives far from the madding crowd.|
The same is true of colloquialisms and slang.
|In the second scene of the third act||In III.ii (still better, simply insert III.ii in parenthesis at the proper place in the sentence)|
|After the killing of Polonius, Hamlet is placed under guard (IV. ii. 14).|
|2 Samuel i:17-27||Othello II.iii 264-267, III.iii. 155-161|
|The Iliad; the Odyssey; As You Like It; To a Skylark; The Newcomes; A Tale of Two Cities; Dicken's Tale of Two Cities.|