~ Placed at the end of a sentence, the “pedal point” signifies a thought that dissolves into a suggestive silence. The pedal point is distinguished from the ellipsis and the dash in that the thought it follows is neither incomplete nor interrupted but an outstretched hand. My younger brother uses these a lot with me, probably because he, of all the members of my family, is the one most capable of telling me what he needs to tell me without having to say it. Or, rather, he’s the one whose words I’m most convinced I don’t need to hear. Very often he will say, “Jonathan~” and I will say, “I know.”
He doesn’t stop before he outlines the silence mark, the “willed” silence mark, “unxcla mation point” (the opposite of an exclamation point; it indicates a whisper), the corroboration mark, the “should-have brackets” and more.