More specifically, I refer to the lack thereof in "Cry, the Beloved Country." I would like to hear other opinions, as I do not care for this particular nuance in Paton's writing style.
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As I continue to read narratives written in this style, I have noticed that I become more involved and invested in the story. The lack of quotation marks helps me be present in the situation as dialogue happens between characters. Paton is such an accomplished writer that the syntax and tone help the readereavesdrop on the conversation between characters without having to rely on quotation marks and tag lines to determine who said what.