Is it possible to write two sentences with both as quotations?

For example, if I want to quote two consecutive sentences by the same speaker:

"I went to the market that day." "But did not find what I was looking for."

Would that convey what I want it to, or is there a convention here which would confuse readers?

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    Is this dialogue? Are those different speakers? – tchrist Oct 29 '16 at 14:04
  • It's the same speaker, and I am quoting the speaker~ sorry for the ambiguity – MAGEPAC Oct 29 '16 at 14:07
  • I think I've incorporated the comments correctly so your intended question is clear -- and it looks like Peter Shor has answered that anyway. – Andrew Leach Oct 29 '16 at 14:42

When you end one quote and start another, you are indicating that there is a change in the speaker (although very rarely this is used to indicate a change in the person the speaker is addressing).

So the way you've punctuated the quotes is confusing. Put both sentences inside the same pair of quotation marks unless you have a very, very good reason for not doing so.

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