Called Back, Ch. I, 9. (Supply some such sentence as / was saying (or thinking) to myself.)
b) Have done, now more or less unusual, is, perhaps, the only instance of a perfect imperative.
Have done, for more I hardly can endure. Shak, Henry VI, 13, I, Therefore ha' done with words: | To me she's manled, not unto my clothes. id. Taming of the S h r e w, III, 2, 118.
58. When the pronoun is added to the imperative, this is now
mostly done for emphasis, i. e. to indicate the fact that what is expressed by the predicate is intended for the person(s) spoken to in particular. The pronoun is placed either afler or before the verb. Post-position of the pronoun, often occasioning the use of to do, is frequent when a contrast of persons is intended, a notion which, however, may also underlie the sentence, if the pronoun precedes the imperative. See the last of the following quotations.
i* Tattycoram, stick you close to your young mistress. Dick., Little D o r r i t, Ch. II, 9b.
Barnaby, take you that other candle, and go before. id, Barn. Rudge, Ch. XII, 50a.
'Speak you", said Mr. Chester, "speak you, good fellow." id, Ch. XXIII, 99a.
Stand you with your bow by the side of the coppice. Reade, The Cloister and the Hearth, Ch. XX, 82. "I think I'd better get out and give her a bit of a tow," he said. 'Take you hold of the tiller!" Bradby, Dick, Ch. VII, 70. ** David, do you look for Sir Anthony! Sher, Riv, V, 1. Lucy, do you watch I ib, I, 2.
Do you give me a minute's calm attention without looking at Rick! Dick, Bleak House, Ch. XXIV, 208.
He must want a secretary. He would be shy at an offer of one from me. Do you hint it, if you get a chance. Meredith, Lord Ormont, Ch. III, 62. ii* You let that dog alone! Sweet, N. E. Or., § 1806.
You take my advice: give him a pint of old ale before you start! Jerome, Idle Thoughts.
Never you dare to darken my doorstepagain! Du Maurier, Trilby, II. 60. '** *„
•* Oh, you leave that to me. Don't you, any of you, worry yourselves about that. Jerome, Three Men in a B o a t, Ch. III, 24.
59. Obs. I. In older English the ordinary place of the pronoun
seems to have been after the verb, and this word-order is