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CONJUNCTIONS. And emphatic in answers

And is frequently found in answers in the sense of "you are right and" or "yes and," the "yes" being implied.1 Hence the "and," introducing a statement in exact conformity with a previous statement, comes almost to mean "exactly." It is frequently found before "so."

Hamlet. Will the king hear this piece of work?
Pol. (Yes) And the queen too.

Cass. This rudeness is a sauce to his good wit.
Brut. And so it is.

i.e. "you are right, and so it is;" or "just so," "even so."

Pompey. I'll try you on the shore.
Antony. And shall, sir.

i.e. "You say well, and you shall," or "So you shall," "that you shall," emphatically.

Sir M. And there's . . . a head of noble gentlemen.
Archbishop. And so there is.

Parolles. After them, and take a more dilated farewell.
Bertram. And I will do so.

i.e. "that is just what I will do."

Mayor. But I'll acquaint our duteous citizens
With all your just proceedings in this cause.
Glouc. And to that end we wish'd your lordship here.

i.e. "To that very end," "even to that end."

1 So γάρ in Greek.

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