How do you quote dialouge within a larger quote?I'm completing a dialouge journal for The Joy Luck Club, and an exerpt that I'm using has dialouge within it.  The whole thing needs to be quoted...

How do you quote dialouge within a larger quote?

I'm completing a dialouge journal for The Joy Luck Club, and an exerpt that I'm using has dialouge within it.  The whole thing needs to be quoted so how would I quote the information inside.  Here is the exerpt, straight from the book:

"See my sisters, tell them about my mother," I say, nodding.  "What will I say?  What can I tell them about my mother?  I don't know anything.  She was my mother."

Also, how do I do the MLA citation of the page numbers after that?

Thank you for any help you can give!

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Normally, for quotes within quotes you use doouble quotation marks first and then single quotation marks for the quotes within the quotes. But for the sort of thing you are doing in your example, it would be much simpler to copy the material verbatim and single-space and indent it. (Whereas I assume your own manuscript would all be double-spaced.)

"Even if the quotation is short, I believe it would be simpler and less confusing just to set if off like this. This example has quotation marks only because it is supposed to be representing a passage in quotation marks." (Author's last name, 00)

As far as the citation, I would put a footnote number in superscript right after the closing quotation mark (which I can't illustrate in this answer box because I don't have access to the Word symbol). Then put the citation at the bottom of the page or as an endnote.

I'm sorry that I'm a little rusty on the MLA citation requirements, but I'm guessing you could also just show the author's last name and a page number in parenthesis as I have done in my example and then show the full citation with author, title, publisher, date in Works Cited or Work Cited at the end of the manuscript.

 eNotes has a lot of information about MLA style, citations, etc. Search MLA Format. Check link below.

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