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What is 'man' here? The colonel and his fellows invade Mayor Orden's village and they are going to shoot a man who does not obey them in the square. Lanser: Colonel Lanser Loft: Captain Loft. Orden: Mayor Orden Captain Loft gathered his papers and Lanser asked, "In the square, Captain?" "Yes, in the square. It must be public," Loft said. And Orden said, "I hope you know." "Man," said the colonel, "whether we know or not, it is what must be done." Is 'man' here an interjection like wow or it refers to a person?
Oct 19, 2018 5:04 AM
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I agree with V.I. It's strange, as is the form of the rest of the sentence.
October 19, 2018
Man refers here as a person who is showing resistance of being disobedient.
October 19, 2018
I honestly do not know. It is written as if indeed it is an interjection, but that would imply modern, informal dialogue. Almost slang. I'm not a linguist but I think 'man' as an interjection didn't arrive until the 1970s?
October 19, 2018
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October 19, 2018
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