Expressive Punctuation: Contrasting sentence lengths

Short-long combos

An opinion, then an explanation

In this next snippet, Jeanette Walls talks about how she and he siblings used to sleep in cardboard boxes instead of beds, which for most kids would seem strange.

We liked our boxes. They made going to bed seem like an adventure.

The Glass CastleJeanette WallsSource

Notice how the short sentence deliberately leaves out information so that we want to read the next sentence for an explanation.

I loved that dentist. He would clean my teeth and then give me jelly beans.

We adored Mr Wright. He made us believe we could create art.

I didn’t care for puppies. They seemed too soft and fluffy for their own good.

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