Or we may ask a question
with a view to throw odium on the person to whom
it is addressed, as in the words placed by Seneca in
the mouth of Medea:1
“What lands dost bid me seek?
Or our aim may be to excite pity, as is the case with
the question asked by Sinon in Virgil:2
“Alas, what lands, lie cried,
What seas can now receive me?
Or to embarrass our opponent and to deprive him of
the power to feign ignorance of our meaning, as
Asinius does in the following sentence: “Do you
hear? The will which we impugn is the work of a
madman, not of one who lacked natural affection.”
In fact questions admit of infinite variety.