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    Period---Spoken First

We’ve all been dead– they’ve
 all been dead– a long time
 the stranger said
    Period---Spoken First

“We’ve all been dead–
 they’ve all been dead– a
 long time,” the stranger
 said.
  Period---Introduction First

She said we can’t bar the
 door against him. That
 would be cruel.
  Period---Introduction First

She said, “We can’t bar the
 door against him. That
 would be cruel.”
   Question—Spoken First

To the father’s astonishment, he
 made a final, preposterous
 appeal– he wanted to see the
 basement. Just to sit on the
 stairs? In the dark? For a few
 quiet minutes? the stranger
 asked.
   Question---Spoken First

To the father’s astonishment, he
 made a final, preposterous
 appeal– he wanted to see the
 basement. “Just to sit on the
 stairs? In the dark? For a few
 quiet minutes?” the stranger
 asked.
 Question---Introduction First

The father was saying is it
 possible he remembers
 those swings from his
 childhood?
 Question---Introduction First

The father was saying, “Is it
 possible he remembers
 those swings from his
 childhood?”
 Exclamation—Spoken First
He could be anyone, after all.
 Any kind of thief, or mentally
 disturbed person, or even a
 murderer. Ringing our doorbell
 like that with no warning and
 you don’t even know what he
 looks like! the mother went on
 worriedly.
 Exclamation---Spoken First

“He could be anyone, after all.
 Any kind of thief, or mentally
 disturbed person, or even a
 murderer. Ringing our doorbell
 like that with no warning and
 you don’t even know what he
 looks like!” the mother went on
 worriedly.
 Exclamation---Introduction
           First
The father said with a
 surprising passion I hate
 riddles– they’re moronic
 some of the time and
 obscure the rest of the time.
  Exclamation---Introduction
            First
The father said with a
 surprising passion, “I hate
 riddles– they’re moronic
 some of the time and
 obscure the rest of the
 time!”
           EXIT TICKET
1. Without raising his voice he said No.
  This Visit is Over.
2. This was one of my happy places! The
  stranger said.
3. Where is he now? She asked
  impatiently.
4. The father said would you like to come
  inside for a few minutes and look
  around?

				
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