I'm writing something that mimics the famous "Shocked" line from Casablanca, but I can't find a good way to punctuate the phrase without it looking odd. Any ideas please?

I'm shocked, shocked, that StackExchange would answer my question.

That just looks like I'm listing all my reactions.

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    You only need the first comma. The second is apparently incorrect.
    – Kris
    Commented Jul 31, 2014 at 11:12

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How about:

I'm shocked ─ shocked! ─ that StackExchange would answer my question.

  • Now, let's not pussyfoot around with Captain's Renault's feigned sense of shock! Someone at Rick's had definitely nobbled the roulette wheel in his favor, what? Commented Oct 7, 2016 at 5:40

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