This has puzzled me for a while. This being the proper usage of comma in a sentence where dialog is present. When I read, I have seem some varying placement of comma and period in and between quoations. Let me give an example with a sentence from A Dance with Dragons, which just happened to be the first book I picked up to find an example. Here the comma is placed at the end of the quotation, but I am really not sure as to why? I know that american english always puts the commas and periods inside the quotations (With the exception of numbers and single letters). Could this be why? But I also had the notion that it might also mean that Dany is not yet done speaking, and that more is to follow. This is probably reinforced by me seeing this pop up everywhere in the books I read. But assuming it is just the american language making an attempt to confuse, would it be proper to write it like this? 1 2 For some reason, number two do not seem right to me. Yet I cant explain why. Is it correct? Is it wrong? If so, why?