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Use or absence of a comma after the word 'Well' at the start of a sentence

I recently published Chapter 15 of my second novel on the web.

This is a PDF (Portable Document Format) document of 27.09 kilobytes.

I posted a link to the chapter in a forum of which I am a member and it was pointed out to me that I had started four sentences each with the word 'Well' and that in two of them there was a comma after the word 'Well' and in two of them there was not. There was an opinion expressed that there should always be a comma after the word 'Well' when it is at the start of a sentence.

In fact, the inclusion or absence of a comma after the word 'Well' was not consciously done: I just wrote the text as I imagined the characters in the novel saying them.

Upon considering the matter it seems to me that the use or absence of a comma better expresses the context. So I am reluctant to add a comma after the word 'Well' in those two sentences as, to me, doing so would seem to change what is being said.

What do people hear opine about this please?

William Overington

Tuesday 20 August 2019

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