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Look at this passage from an academic essay:
Until the 1950's and 1960's, New York was made up of strongly defined neighborhoods and streets, with "a thickly textured communal experience that shaped the lives of their inhabitants" (Sharpe and Wallock 26).
Take a look at the text in purple. Why are these words enclosed in quotation marks? Write your answer in the box below:

Now, look at the opening passage of Louisa May Alcott's novel Little Women:
     "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Joe, lying on the rug.
     "It's so dreadful to be poor!" sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress.
     "I don't think it's fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things and other girls nothing at all," added little Amy, with an injured sniff.
     "We've got father and mother and each other," said Beth contentedly, from her corner.

Again, look at the text in purple? Why are these words enclosed in quotations?


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