"This one is good for another year," she said.
"Nobody wears those shapeless, beltless coats anymore. And the
"But I like oracle purple."
"Oceanside blue is the in-color this year."
"We can’t afford it. We owe—"
"You need a new coat, and I want you to look good when we attend all those holiday events."
They argue about the purchase of a coat. If done right, and without the writer telling us, readers become aware that the argument isn’t about buying a coat, but about the way each perceives money: Jerry’s a spendthrift; Reba’s frugal. After three pages of dialogue as well as show-don’t-tell writing, readers grasp that Jerry is the overpowering personality.
Do you need another three paragraphs to show that Reba buys a coat? Probably not. Let’s say that’s not crucial to the story. So how do you end the scene?
Here’s a simple remedy through a telling statement: Exhausted after the third argument that week, Reba went to Macy’s and bought herself a belted oceanside blue coat.
That’s called a summary statement.
Sometimes summary statements make good sense. Don't be afraid of them.