It hasn't explicitly been taught to me what the rules are after speech, especially regarding capitalisation.

  1. "Hello?" called June to the yellow figure.
  2. "Hello?" Called June to the yellow figure.

I'm pretty sure #1 is correct, but should the second one be corrected?

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    (2) is incorrect, as the sentence carries on after the quotation marks are closed. Only capitalise when starting a new sentence. June called "Hello?" There was no reply. – Kate Bunting Feb 24 '18 at 17:34
  • @KateBunting Thanks! If you made that an answer, I'd tick it. – Piomicron Feb 24 '18 at 17:39

Use a lowercase letter after a quotation if the quotation is part of the sentence (and of course if the word in question isn't a proper noun).

In your example,

"Hello?" called June to the yellow figure.

the quotation "Hello?" is the direct object of the sentence -- it's what June called.

The thing that may throw you here is the rare inversion of subject and object, which in English is limited to a kind of affected literary style, most often with quotations (and Yoda).

So, use "called" here with a lowercase "c".

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