Hello everyone, I have a dialogue question. I think I know how to write some types of dialogue, but I don't know the rules for writing dialogue like this: (From Hemingway's A Clean, Well-Lighted Place. The line breaks are where paragraphs would be normally.) The waiter took they brandy bottle and another saucer from the counter inside the cafe and marched out to the old man's table. He put down the saucer and poured the glass full of brandy. "You should have killed yourself last week," he said to the deaf man. The old man motioned with his finger. "A little more," he said. The waiter poured on into the glass so that the brandy slopped over and ran down the stem into the top saucer of the pile. Thank you," the old man said. The waiter took the bottle back inside the cafe. He sat down at the table with his colleague again. "He'd drunk now," he said. "Hes drunk every night." "What did he want to kill himself for?" "How should I know." "How did he do it?" "He hung himself with a rope." etc. etc. etc. Okay, here's mostly what I'm familiar with. Underneath the second paragraph. I see dialogue typically appear like this, usually alternating back and forth between characters, each with a separate paragraph. I don't know how to "formulate" or how to describe rules for is the first part of this section, the second paragraph. Notice that there are two people talking, but there are no paragraph breaks. Are there rules for this type of dialogue? The best I can tell by examining it is that there are actions that punctuate the interaction in between talking (pouring of the brandy, carrying the bottle back inside, etc.). Couldn't this paragraph be written like the dialogue below it, though? Why is this style preferred here, rather than splitting the dialogue up into separate paragraphs? I have a question about dialogue that is inside a paragraph, but without quotation marks. For example: When he entered the room, the commander asked his general what was happening on the front. No news, sir, the man said. Of course, of course, the commander said and lighted his cigar. No news is good news except when it is bad news. Then he went out and called for a bottle of Chateau de Chaselay Ok, I made up that little paragraph, but I see these things in literature all the time. When is it okay not to put quotation marks on dialogue? I understand that style must have a lot to do with it, but I want to know if there is are rules for this style. What are your rules? What are your thoughts? Thanks!