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Posted by on Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 9:03pm.

How do you quote a quote within a quote?

Okay, Finley is quoted for saying "blah blah" in Cantarella's essay but I am writing an essay on Cantarella's essay and thus have to quote everything she says. How do I do this double quote?

Thanks!

  • english - , Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 9:08pm

    Quotation within a quotation
    Use single quotation marks for the embedded quotation:

    Quotations within quotations are punctuated:

    According to Hertzberg (2002), Dahl gives the U. S. Constitution "bad marks in 'democratic fairness' and 'encouraging consensus'" (p. 90).

    [The phrases "democratic fairness" and "encouraging consensus" are already in quotation marks in Dahl's sentence.]

    http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/QPA_quoting.html

  • english - , Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 9:35pm

    But are you citing both authors?

    This is what I did, but I do not think it is right:

    The fact that they did not have first names suggests that “‘women were not, and ought not be genuine individuals, but only fractions of a family. Anonymous and passive fractions at that…’” (Finely, Cantarella 245).

    Finely said the quote, but Cantarella used the quote in her essay and I am writing about Cantarella's essay.

  • english - , Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 9:45pm

    I assume the whole thing -- starting with The fact . . . and ending with at that . . . is your quotation from Cantarella. But she quoted Finely who said women were not, and ought not be genuine individuals, but only fractions of a family. Anonymous and passive fractions at that…

    The correct punctuation would be double quotes around the whole statement quoted from Cantarella. The part she quoted from Finely should be in single quotes.

    "The fact that they did not have first names suggests that ‘women were not, and ought not be genuine individuals, but only fractions of a family. Anonymous and passive fractions at that…’”

  • english - , Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 9:49pm

    No, The fact...suggests that is what I said.

    Finley said women were-at that...

    and Cantarella quoted Finley in her essay.

  • english - , Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 9:53pm

    Then only the part that you quoted should be in quotation marks. You should footnote that Finley's remarks were quoted in Cantarella, but you need only one set of quotation marks -- and no single marks.

    The fact that they did not have first names suggests that “women were not, and ought not be genuine individuals, but only fractions of a family. Anonymous and passive fractions at that…”

  • english - , Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 10:10pm

    how do I footnote it?

  • english - , Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 10:18pm

    One form would be to note: Finley quoted in Cantarella.

  • english - , Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 10:20pm

    Should I say the pg number so they know which quote I am talking about? And does that go at the bottom of the page?

  • english - , Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 10:24pm

    Okay, I made a footnote like
    1 Finley quoted in Cantarella and put a 1 after the quote. Is that good?

  • english - , Sunday, November 25, 2007 at 10:41pm

    thanks for the help

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