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Punctuation marks & Capitals with Brackets

If in writing a parenthesis inside brackets and want to include a punctuation mark should that mark be

"I like style, (this is inelegant!) think again."

Or should it be:

"I like style, (this is inelegant)! Think again."

Incidentally am I still correct in placing a comma before the brackets?


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