Kathryn Schulz wrote a great little listicle for Vulture called “The 5 Best Punctuation Marks in Literature,” which discusses, for example, Nabokov’s hilarious parentheses and George Eliot’s superb em-dash. Do you all have any favorite uses of exclamation marks, ampersands, ellipses, et cetera? It could be in prose, poetry, or something else entirely.
The first great punctuation that sprang to my mind was Clarice Lispector’s enigmatic six em-dashes after the last sentence of The Passion According to G.H.:
What are they doing there? Why are there six, and not five, or seven? Is it meant to denote the continuation of the narrator’s existence after the final sentence, or the end of it? Does it stand in for a missing sentence or word? Does she finally, and completely stop understanding her self-expression?