Pysma is a figure by which the Orator doth demaund many times together, and use many questions in one place, whereby he maketh his speech very sharpe and vehement, and it differeth from Erotema, forasmuch as that may be answered with one word either graunting or denying, but this not without many. Cicero for Roscius: In what place did he speake with them? with whom did he speake? did he hire them? whom did he hire, and by whom? To what end, or how much did he give them?
An example of the sacred Scripture: “Will the Lord absent himselfe for ever, and will hee be no more intreated? Is his mercy cleane gone for ever? and is his promise come utterly to an end for evermore? hath God forgotten to be gracious? and will hee shut up his loving kindnesse in displeasure?” Psal.
The use of this figure.
This figure serveth fitly for pittifull complaints, provocations,
insultations, confirmations, and such like: and like as
the former, it is mighty to confirme, to confute, to provoke, to
cause attention, to moove affections, and it is well and aptly represented in the conflict of battaile, as in the manifold strokes
of the sword, thicke volies of arrowes, and in the thundring
peales of cannon shot.
Plaine meaning & just dealing would taht this figure should
not be used to decauve the hearer by the multitude of questions, and thereby to countenance falshood and oppresse the
2. To oppres by multitude.
truth: as doth the fallace in Sophistrie, called Plures interrogationes.