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Would it be wrong to write, for example:

"Slight Rebellion Off Madison" 's characters, plot, and themes develop in the same way as chapter 17 of Catcher in the Rye, only its point of view is different.

(Not wanting to say Salinger's characters for reasons of repetition from previous sentences.)

Or:

Some critics have written that "The Lottery"'s bleak mood evokes a tension comparable to that moment in John 8:7 when a group of scribes and Pharisees gathered to stone a woman found guilty of adultery.

And how would one handle the spacing between " and 's ?

[[these are just an examples, mind you]]

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    Not the answer you're looking for, but I would reword that as The characters, plot, and themes of "Slight Rebellion Off Madison" develop.... – Roger Sinasohn Oct 12 '18 at 17:27
  • Thanks, I was leaning in this direction---adding an "of" and turning things around. And you pretty much convinced me. It is more elegant to avoid the trio of hash marks, I suppose. – Vincent Oct 12 '18 at 17:49
  • I've posted my comment as an answer in case you want to upvote it or mark it as the accepted answer. – Roger Sinasohn Oct 12 '18 at 17:56
  • It should be noted that ' (or ) pulls double duty, being used as both an apostrophe (for possession) and a single quotation mark (for quoting). When used to indicate possession, it is not a “quotation mark” at all, but an apostrophe. Since we use the same character (and keyboard key) for them, it doesn’t help answer your question, but just so you know. See related Q&A on that. – KRyan Oct 12 '18 at 20:05
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Given that the popular convention seems to be to put short story titles in quotes, it might best to reword the sentence to avoid the issue altogether:

The characters, plot, and themes of "Slight Rebellion Off Madison" develop in the same way as chapter 17 of Catcher in the Rye, only its point of view is different.

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