I remember being taught – ages ago – that the proper way to combine punctuation with quotation marks is to put the former inside the latter, like so:
I remember what he said: “The Trojans cannot be trusted.”
I remember what he said: “The Trojans cannot be trusted”.
“I don’t see why not,” the general mused, “they are fine masons.”
“I don’t see why not”, the general mused, “they are fine masons”.
Now, I find myself wondering whether this is one of those dated conventions that older people cling to because they were once taught this way, despite how the world has moved on. Putting two spaces after a period is a prime example of this phenomenon.
Does anybody know what the current and correct rule is?