On the repetition of exposition in dialogue

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“The repetition of exposition in quotes went out with the Stanley Steamer:

Marion gave me a pain in the neck.

‘You give me a pain in the neck, Marion,’ I said.

This turns up more often than you’d expect.”

— “Theory and Practice of Editing New Yorker Articles,” written in 1937 (PDF)

Good to know, really.

Edited to add: TV Tropes kindly supplies a term for this.

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