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A dash brings the flow of a sentence to an abrupt halt, an effect that creates emphasis.

Where do you think Henry David Thoreau used a dash to create dramatic special emphasis in the following sentence?

“I love to weigh, to settle, to gravitate toward that which most strongly and rightfully attracts me, not hang by the beam of the scale and try to weigh less.”

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A dash brings the flow of a sentence to an abrupt halt, an effect that creates emphasis.

Where do you think Henry David Thoreau used a dash to create dramatic special emphasis in the following sentence?

“I love to weigh, to settle, to gravitate toward that which most strongly and rightfully attracts me [–] not hang by the beam of the scale and try to weigh less.”

For a discussion of how to use punctuation to create emphasis, see Chapter 4: “Music,” in Keys to Great Writing, and Chapter 20: “Punctuate for Emphasis,” in Mastering the Craft of Writing.

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