I'm not sure exactly how to punctuate this, because it really is just one complete sentence. I know that normally, without a tag, it should be written: "But . . ." That doesn't make sense! "She was dressed when I left." Here's how I have it now: "But . . ." that doesn't make sense! "She was dressed when I left." I've tried to write it using em dashes, but with the ellipses, it doesn't work. Even now as I look at it, I'm starting to lean more to the first one, but then I keep remembering that this is a single sentence that is spread over speech and thought, and lean back to the second one. Help?!