language fun: dialogue

We were just discussing how to use dialogue to enhance our narratives in my Language Arts class, and I conveniently found this nice piece while digging around in a file for something else. I think I might try having my students do an exercise with writing a short story completely in dialogue–similar to something that Tom Romano suggested in Writing with Passion, Life Stories, Multiple Genres. I love playing with language and structure!

First published in 1950 in the Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, by Ned Guymon:
Conversation Piece
“No!”
“Yes.”
“You didn’t!”
“I did.”
“When?”
“Just now.”
“Where?”
“Bedroom.”
“Dead?”
“Yes.”
“Why?”
“You know.”
“I don’t!”
“You do.”
“Unfaithful?”
“Yes.”
“With whom?”
“With you.”
“No!”
“Yes.”
“She didn’t . . .”
“She did.”
“We didn’t . . .”
“You did.”
“You knew?”
“I knew.”
“How long?”
“Long enough.”
“What now?”
“Guess.”
“Police?”
“Later.”
“Why later?”
“Guess again.”
“Tell me!”
“Look.”
“Oh, no!”
“Oh, yes.”
“You can’t!”
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