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    How to show past speech in internal thoughts

    I have a few instances where a character's internal monologue replays past speech from another character. Should this use speech marks or italics or something else?
    For example:

    It would earn him a spot on Jess' bad side for sure.
    "Stay in your lane," she'd told him. "This is bigger than you."

    OR

    It would earn him a spot on Jess' bad side for sure.
    Stay in your lane, she'd told him. This is bigger than you.

    If italicized and not at the start, should the first word be capitalized?
    For example:
    He couldn't shake Jess' words, This is bigger than you.

    Or is there a different established approach altogether? Using speech marks seems jarring to me, but I can't find a definitive source on how this should be written.

    Thanks for any help!
    Last edited by Asterism; 05-19-2020 at 07:24 AM.

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