Is this sentence an interrogative externally, yet denoting exclamatory expression?

Status
Not open for further replies.

eipjoo

Member
Joined
Nov 19, 2012
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
Korean
Home Country
South Korea
Current Location
South Korea
What a consternation of soul was mine that dreary afternoon! How all my brain was in tumult, and all my heart in insurrection! Yet in what darkness, what dense ignorance, was the mental battle fought! I could not answer the ceaseless inward question—why I thus suffered; now, at the distance of:?:—I will not say how many years, I see it clearly. (Jane Eyre)

**
(1) Is the highlighted sentence an interrogative one externally, yet denoting exclamatory expression?
(2) Is the object of preposition ‘of’ ‘years’?
 

BobK

Harmless drudge
Staff member
Joined
Jul 29, 2006
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
1 - Yes, though 'externally' is an odd way of putting it.
2 - The object of 'of' is the unstated number of years.

b
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top