Spoken words more than one paragraph
Not all dialogue is limited to a few sentences. Sometimes the speaker delivers a “speech” of more than one paragraph.
The chef turned to his new assistant. “Let me explain to you exactly how I want the dishes washed.
“First, you will rinse them thoroughly in warm, not hot, water to remove all the remains of the food.
“Then you will stack them neatly in the dishwasher. Glasses go on top, plates go below.
“After you have run the dishwasher, you will hand dry them with a clean towel.
“Do you understand?“
(First, second, third, fourth, and fifth paragraphs have opening quotation marks. Only the last (fifth) paragraph has closing quotation marks.
(Paragraphs have been kept brief to save the blog’s space and your time.)
Formal or block quotations
Formal quotations (not conversation) are more common in non-fiction than in fiction. Short quotations (one or two sentences) may be included in the text.
Samantha “Sam” Taylor Johnson is a British filmmaker and photographer who spoke about directing the film Nowhere Boy:
I thought, I’m in too deep and if I mess this up, I’m just never gonna make a film again, and I went into a panic. I got into the car and said, I just have to call these producers and pull out. I got into the car and I put the key into the ignition, and Lennon’s voice came straight out of the radio, and it was Starting Over. It was one of those moments where I thought it was a sign: OK I’m gonna do it. (Wikipedia, Sam Taylor-Johnson)