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He took another drink then continued his tale. "I sees it done an' I comes at her, jus' like I should, but she steps back. So I stops. She says, 'You don't have to know.' I looks at her like she's crazed. I'm a warrior and I don't backs down from no ones..."
The narrator is in a tavern telling some one a tale about a third person. I put the teller's tale in double quotes and the conversations within the tale in single quotes. The other problem I have is that I use a lot of phonetic speech which requires the use of single quotes to replace unenunciated (is that a word?) consonants.
Jerry looked at Bo and continued his tale. "I was walking with Fred and he said, 'We were kissing, hugging and getting hot but then I felt a rumble in my stomach and I belched right in the middle of a kiss.""
That double quote to end both Jerry's and Fred's talking doesn't seem right nor does using single and double quotes. I thought of using italics but I use them for thoughts and I would still have a problem with quotation marks.
Anyone got an answer?