Uh-oh. Nothing ready for this week, but since I'm working on edits for my new novel, and this is today's subject, I thought I might as well post this.
Fire has been on my mind because I just finished listening to Nora Roberts's Chasing Fire, a terrific book. The reader, Rebecca Lowman, was outstanding and added to it. The descriptions of the fire took your breath. I really, really enjoyed it.
So, back to quotation marks and punctuation.
Periods and commas always go inside the closing quotation mark. Placement of question marks and exclamation points depends on the context. Colons and semicolons always go outside the closing quotation marks.
Luke burst into the meeting. “Who yelled ‘Fire’?”
David said, “Voting is responsibility as well as a right.”
After the introduction, the speaker said, “We are here to support our leader”; but the audience booed him off the stage.
I question the use of the word “tortured”; you may have a tortured soul or a tortured expression, but as an adjective, the word means “anguished,” not brutalized or subjected to torture.