Topic: Who is speaking here?

She returned her attention to the general. “I want answers by morning."

This is similar to the last one, although I'm used to seeing the dialogue associated with the subject of the sentence.

Re: Who is speaking here?

Norm d'Plume wrote:

She returned her attention to the general. “I want answers by morning."

This is similar to the last one, although I'm used to seeing the dialogue associated with the subject of the sentence.

By my standard of unaffixed dialogue, the quotation clearly belongs to "she" unless the quoted section is in italics with no quotation marks when it might belong to the general even though I would not write it that way unless some prior pattern had been set.  You could specify the origin to the general:
She returned her attention to the general who said (optional adverb)"I want answers by morning."