Hey Terry, exactly. I adopted Chicago Manual of Style for Meerkat, so no matter what an author submits, it will be changed prior to publishing to be consistent.

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The way the punctuation is presented in a book has little to do with the author's wants, it's a style matter decided upon by the publisher, so the differences cited show publishing variations not variation by author necessarily.

In WORD 2013 (not that the software's choice is definitive by any means) the program will default to three very condensed dots with no space before if you hit the period three times after the last letter:

'Harry told me to go left, but. . . ' Becomes 'Harry told me to go left, but...' (in practice the dots are even more condensed than shown). I think the main consideration is consistency within a work, more so for ellipses than other punctuation.