"'I'm simply defending a Negro- his name is Tom Robinson [...] Scout, you aren't old enough to understand some things yet, but there's been some high talk around town to the effect that I shouldn't do much about defending this man.'" -To Kill a Mockingbird (page 100)

  • Just a note to add that a "duplicate" question doesn't have to be an exact match, but the linked question does answer this one. – Andrew Leach Nov 12 '14 at 8:21

The [...] means that some content has been removed there to make the quote more readable and flow better.

  • Under the academic system I have used (which I think is the Oxford system), three dots would be sufficient to indicate removed material. Square brackets are usually placed around words which are outside the quotation; added to provide information, or for the quotation to make better grammatical or general sense to the reader. – WS2 Nov 11 '14 at 23:40

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