And what make you from Wittenberg, Horatio?

Shakespeare almost never starts a sentence with AND
And I almost always do.
I know I’m not supposed to
And maybe that’s why I do it.
It’s my grammatical way to take drugs and steal cars.
But the fact that Shakespeare has started this sentence with AND
Makes me wonder.
What is this AND doing here?
It feels like a very natural exchange between friends
“Bob, my good buddy! You’ve lost weight!
And what the heck have you been doing with yourself?

Except I still can’t quite work out
what “I’ll change that name with you” is doing in the middle of this exchange.
Yes, of course. Sir, my good friend. Clear as a bell.
I’ll change that name with you. Which name? How? Does he mean role? Does he mean identities? Why is he going to change a name with him?
Back to conversational speech that equates to “What are you doing here?”

In middle school, my social studies teacher taught us to write essays using
the “Bing. Bang. Bongo.” Structure. This sentence feels like Bing. Kaleidoscope. Bongo.

And there is And.
And I And and And and And
Because I want to add to what came before
And start anew
All at once.
And I cannot help myself.


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