How do I clarify to readers that the bolded dialogue question is a rhetorical question?

Two characters, Scythe Master and Claudia, are having a conversation in this book I’m translating. The first speaker is Scythe. (Bolded part is what I’m 87% sure is a rhetorical question, based on what comes before and after it’s said.) “Already arrangements to locate his immigration documents are underway, in addition to a method of … Read more

Citing Multiple paragraphs MLA

Had a quick question about how I should cite with multiple paragraphs (MLA). Here is how the text appears in the source (The Great Gatsby): ‘An Oxford man!’ He was incredulous. ‘Like hell he is! He wears a pink suit.’ ‘Nevertheless he’s an Oxford man.’ ‘Oxford, New Mexico,’ snorted Tom contemptuously, ‘or something like that’. … Read more

Can action tags be punctuated like dialogue tags?

I have a habit of using action tags in the same way as dialogue tags. Example: "I don’t know," she said. "I think not," he scratched his chin thoughtfully. "This could have gone better," the man frowned. vs. "I don’t know," she said. "I think not." He scratched his chin thoughtfully. "This could have gone … Read more

What does an ellipsis followed by an exclamation mean?

I’m confused about how to use “…!” in writing. Currently, I’m writing a fiction story with a character who has been critically injured. I got this question while typing out this: “I won’t die yet…!” I’m afraid that using it this way is actually wrong. I thought ellipsis is used to indicate omission, pause, silence, … Read more

What does “two-meal” mean in “There’s nothing that could get him away from that two-meal town.”?

It’s a quote from the movie "The Godfather II", Tom and Frankie’s scene: Frankie: Did my brother go back? Tom: Yeah, don’t worry. Frankie: He’s ten time tougher than me– my brother. He’s old fashioned. Tom: He didn’t want to go out for dinner. He just wanted to go straight home. Frankie: That’s my brother. … Read more

Punctuation: Dialogue that trails off and picks up again

How would you correctly punctuate dialogue that trails off, but then picks up again? A: “Something about the way she smells …” The man breathed in deep, a smile spreading across his face. “… just drives me wild.” B: “Something about the way she smells …” The man breathed in deep, a smile spreading across … Read more