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I wonder about indirect questions and punctuation. Do you?
When editing, I often see the use of a question mark when a character *wonders* about something.
—He wondered whether it was worth the risk.
—How the two could be reconciled was the question on everyone’s mind.
—She asked herself why.
—The question was no longer how but when.
—Suddenly he asked himself, where am I headed?
—The question on everyone’s mind was, how are we going to tell her?
—Suddenly he asked himself where he was headed.
—The question of how to tell her was on everyone’s mind.
—Ursula wondered why her watch had stopped ticking.
—Where to find a reliable clock is the question of the hour.
SOURCE: Chicago Manual of Style — *My go-to stylebook... or my Bible of all things Grammar.*
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