Reflection Paper for "A Late Encounter with the Enemy"
March 2007 Archives
"This was met with a great din of spontaneous applause and it was at just that instant that Sally Poker looked down at her feet and discovered that in the excitement of getting ready she had forgotten to change her shoes: two brown Girl Scout oxfords protruded from the bottom of her dress."
"For O'Connor, such a power is divine grace, made available through Christ's death and resurrection. The Misfit acknowledges this, yet refuses to submit his will to God's. "I don't want no hep." he tells the Gradmother. "I'm doing all right by myself."
"By the time she had climbed five steps her breath was gone. She continued up a few more, blowing. Then she stopped. there was a pain in her stomach. It was a pain like a piece of something pushing something else."
"A body and a spirit," he repeated. "The body, lady, is like a house: it don't go anywhere; but the spirit, lady, is like a automobile: always on the move, always..."
"When you consider that fifty years ago it was correct to hyphenate Oxford Street as "Oxford-street", or "tomorrow" as "to-morrow", you can't help feeling that prayer for eventual light-in-our-darkness may be the only sane course of action."
"Commas that come in pairs"
This is where comma usage all starts getting tricky. The first rule of bracketing commas is that you use them to mark both ends of a "weak interruption" to a sentence - or a piece of "additional information".
"Now, there are many people who claim they do fully punctuate text messages. For cutting a Dash, we asked people in the street if they used proper puncatuation when sending text messages, and were surprised when nine out of ten people said yes. Some of them said they used semicolons and parentheses and everything"
"A tercet or triplet is a group of three lines, usually sharing the same rhyme"