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CONJUNCTIONS. And emphatic in questions

"And" emphatic in questions. When a question is being asked, "and," thus used, does not express emphatic assent, but emphatic interrogation:

“Alas! and would you take the letter of her?

i.e. "is it so indeed, and further would you actually &c.?" So

“And wilt thou learn of me?

i.e. "do you indeed wish to learn of me?"

Hence Ben Jonson, who quotes Chaucer:

What, quoth she, and be ye wood?
adds that “And, in the beginning of a sentence, serveth for admiration.” B. J. 789.

It is common in ballads, and very nearly redundant: “The Perse owt of Northumberlande,
And a vow to God made he.” Percy (MÄTZNER). (Mr. Furnivall suggests "an avow," the original form of the word "vow.")

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