Question-in-the-narrative

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Questions, being both structurally and semantically one of the typesof sentences, are asked by one person and expected to be answered byanother. This is the main, and the most characteristic property...

Questions, being both structurally and semantically one of the types
of sentences, are asked by one person and expected to be answered by
another. This is the main, and the most characteristic property of the
question, i.e. it exists as a syntactical unit of language to bear this partic-
ular function in communication. Essentially, questions belong to the
spoken language and presuppose the presence of an interlocutor, that is,
they are commonly encountered in dialogue. The questioner is presumed
not to know the answer.  
Question-in-the-narrative changes the real nature of a question and turns it into a stylistic device. A question in the narrative is asked and answered by one and the same person, usually the author. Example: And what they played was warm, sunny, yet there was just a faint chill - a something, what was it? - not sadness - no, a something that made you want to sing.

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