Okay, so Devon was somewhat correct in her assessment of what was wrong with this sentence:
“Injustice is easy to accept,” said the judge. “it is justice that is harder to accept.”
The sentence could very well read
“Injustice is easy to accept,” said the judge. “It is justice that is harder to accept.”
However, let’s see what Harbrace College Handbook says. The example is similar, so I’ll stick with our sentence here.
“Injustice is easy to accept,” said the judge; “it is justice that is harder to accept.”
Huh? A semicolon? What’s Lori smoking? Here’s why; a semicolon separates two independent clauses. Since these sentences could very well be considered independent clauses and part of the same thought, there’s the case for the semicolon. But placement – what’s that about? According to Harbrace, page 218, “semicolons and colons always go outside the quotation marks.”
So the “more right” answer is to use a semicolon after “said the judge.”
If I’ve learned anything at all about grammar it’s that rules are rarely the same among style books. Anyone have a different book saying something else?