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Penz
Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2021 3:53:42 AM

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'Ron, be quiet!' Hermione whispered urgently. 'Fudge'll be out here in a minute -'

'He - won't - stay - put - '

Scabbers was plainly terrified. He was writhing with all his might, trying to break free of Ron's grip.

'What's the matter with him?'

But Harry had just seen ...


Now,
My explanations are :

1) Before the dialogue, it is mentioned about Ron, so Ron is the speaker.

2) After the dialogue, Harry is mentioned, so Harry is the speaker.

3) If we go in order, like first sentence is spoken by Hermione, then Ron, then implicitly, the speaker is Hermione.



Which one is correct and why?





But there was a mad glint in Snape's eye that Harry had never seen before. He seemed beyond reason.
If his eyes were shining, why not use "eyes" instead of just "eye"?
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2021 4:33:11 AM

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To the flow of the story, it doesn't matter. You can guess whoever you wish to be the speaker (or whisper ;-)

Maybe Harry could see only one of Snape's eyes, or there was that mad glint only in one eye.
Audiendus
Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2021 9:01:06 AM
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"Eye" is often used idiomatically in the singular to refer to both eyes.
Penz
Posted: Friday, October 15, 2021 5:23:58 AM

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Isn't there some rule there to state who was speaking?
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, October 15, 2021 5:28:30 AM

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Fiction. No rules, or rules are limited in minimum. A good fiction book is a puzzle, not a guide.
FounDit
Posted: Friday, October 15, 2021 10:55:59 AM

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Penz wrote:
'Ron, be quiet!' Hermione whispered urgently. 'Fudge'll be out here in a minute -'

'He - won't - stay - put - '

Scabbers was plainly terrified. He was writhing with all his might, trying to break free of Ron's grip.

'What's the matter with him?'

But Harry had just seen ...


Now,
My explanations are :

1) Before the dialogue, it is mentioned about Ron, so Ron is the speaker.

2) After the dialogue, Harry is mentioned, so Harry is the speaker.

3) If we go in order, like first sentence is spoken by Hermione, then Ron, then implicitly, the speaker is Hermione.



Which one is correct and why?
As I read it, 3) seems to be the correct order. Hermione asks Ron to be quiet, but Scabbers was trying to break Ron's grip, writhing with all his might, so Ron knew what was the matter. It was Hermione who was asking what was the matter with Scabbers.




But there was a mad glint in Snape's eye that Harry had never seen before. He seemed beyond reason.
If his eyes were shining, why not use "eyes" instead of just "eye"?
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Friday, October 15, 2021 11:26:53 AM

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Did you really read and internalize the previous posts by me and Audiendus?
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