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Would the line:

"Peter!" cried his father.

make grammatical sense? It seems to work intuitively, but I'm just not sure. It's also a tough question to google, as it turns out, so any reply would be much appreciated.

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Does the reader already know the father?

I'm not certain that matters, but i assume we do. In either case - Yes. You are introducing a character through another character.

This type of character introduction is similar to style #2 at the link.

The link provides an example of this type of introduction from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

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Absolutely. It had been done before, and maybe more often than we think.

“‎TOM!"
No answer.
"TOM!"
No answer.
"What's gone with that boy, I wonder? You TOM!"
No answer.

(c) Mark Twain

  • This isn’t really an example of what OP asked. – WGroleau Mar 5 '18 at 13:34

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