Last night, I sat down to read a novel (something which I haven't done in far too long), and I noticed several oddities about it. I've also noticed the same things in other novels, but now I'm really curious as to why it's done this way. I mean, there's got to be an actual explanation. Surely authors don't just follow a format without there being any reason behind it. 1) What exactly is the prologue and epilogue used for? 2) At the start of a new chapter, I noticed that the first few words of the sentence are capitalized, SORT OF LIKE THIS. Why is that? 3) When a character's dialogue takes up more than one paragraph, the end of the first paragraph doesn't have any ", but both the end and start of the second paragraph has a ". Why? 4) Sometimes, at the bottom of a page, there will be a "***". What does that mean? I always assumed that it was to signify that the very top of the next page is a new paragraph. Also, if anyone uses OpenOffice, do you know how to configure it so that the screen looks exactly like it would if I was reading an actual novel? Down to the size of the area you type in, as well as the font name, font size, etc? Thanks in advance!