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I am working on Freytag Pyramid and wish to integrate a direct quote from the text with my sentences.

Example

Original Text:

There was a white horse spreading its wings of fury over the horizon.

Integration (1):

One thing it liked to do was to "[spread] its wings of fury".

Are ellipses needed at the beginning and end of the quote?

Integration (2):

One thing it liked to do was to "[spread] its wings of fury over the horizon".

Can the period be omitted inside the quote?

As for providing a source of the quote in the text, I would do something like this

In second paragraph, the protagonist states that she "was unhappy with her social status".

Is there a much more elegant way to cite the source of the quote in the text, so I won't have to include In the second paragraph, the protagonist states...?

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You do not need to include ellipses when the quoted portion is part of the complete sentence:

One thing it liked to do was to "[spread] its wings of fury."

This usage is correct.

Appropriate punctuation in quotes is detailed in When should end punctuation go inside quotes? The answers there also apply to this usage.

As for providing a source, you can include a detailed citation in a footnote or endnote:

The protagonist states that she "was unhappy with her social status."[1]

...

[1] Page 1234, line 4.

The actual citation should match the appropriate style guide requested by either your professor or your publication. It also wouldn't hurt to verify that footnotes/endnotes are appropriate.

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