Part 4b: Highlighting Interior Monologue

Let’s return to the paragraph from the last post–and please understand, there’s no right way to do this:

“Stephen, an elbow rested on the jagged granite, leaned his palm against his brow and gazed at the fraying edge of his shiny black coat-sleeve. Pain, that was not yet the pain of love, fretted his heart. Silently, in a dream she had come to him after her death, her wasted body within its loose brown graveclothes giving off an odour of wax and rosewood, her breath, that had bent upon him, mute, reproachful, a faint odour of wetted ashes. Across the threadbare cuffedge he saw the sea hailed as a great sweet mother by the wellfed voice beside him. The ring of bay and skyline held a dull green mass of liquid. A bowl of white china had stood beside her deathbed holding the green sluggish bile which she had torn up from her rotting liver by fits of loud groaning vomiting.”

I have decided that simply coloring the text does separate the interior monologue from other text.  However, it does not create the “separate world” of the interior monologue.  I next look into highlighting, which is a form of commenting in .pdf.  But I do not need that.  I’m looking for a different function.

I tried another approach (below).  Less distracting and long, long available in html and in Word, I do not like the linear quality of these highlightings.  The space between line and lines and below run counter to the nebulous quality of though.

“Stephen, an elbow rested on the jagged granite, leaned his palm against his brow and gazed at the fraying edge of his shiny black coat-sleeve. Pain, that was not yet the pain of love, fretted his heart. Silently, in a dream she had come to him after her death, her wasted body within its loose brown graveclothes giving off an odour of wax and rosewood, her breath, that had bent upon him, mute, reproachful, a faint odour of wetted ashes. Across the threadbare cuffedge he saw the sea hailed as a great sweet mother by the wellfed voice beside him. The ring of bay and skyline held a dull green mass of liquid. A bowl of white china had stood beside her deathbed holding the green sluggish bile which she had torn up from her rotting liver by fits of loud groaning vomiting.

Well, better, but not much better.  It’s the white spaces between the lines that trouble me, as well as the square-off “edges” to the lines.  Word provides a slight improvement, but not a great one.  How do people consider highlighting and interior monologue?

Finally I settled on this (below) which is the native fashion by which highlighting is done in Adobe .pdf.  This does what I wish it to do.  The seamlessly overlapping lines and rounded ends create–get ready for this–a “thought bubble”.  I does seem like a silly image with which to express the thought of Joyce’s characters.  But, isn’t it possible?

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