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top bottombottom! thingy that is part of a semicolon
Semicolons are best used in places where gaslights stain the walls and the carpets are regularly beaten. * There, they give tone and can be used to great purpose, as they can emit a great aura of place and time. They are as necessary as double cream is. Deliciously rewarding at the right time and place, but rather indigestible.
Newspapers eschew them, which should of course, make the injunction against their ingestion by children under 12, an obviosity.
* The Age of Semicolons was earlier yet, tho' most of today's readers must be roped to the text or a stake if you hope them to complete a sentence from that time.
His arm was around her waist; her hand was clasped in his; her head leaned upon his shoulder; all sterner thoughts were laid aside; it was the hour of tenderness and love. They thought not of strife and battle; they thought not of difficulty and danger; they only thought that in spite of all they were each other's, and that nought but death could dissolve the bond between them.– G.P.R. James (1801–1860), The Fortunes of the Colville Family
Editor's suggestion: Insert comma between 'all' and 'they'.