This is a rhetorical mode of affirming or denying something more strongly and emphatically than could be done in ordinary language.
Do men gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles? (New Testament)
Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? (Old Testament)
Who is here so base that would be a bondman?
Who is here so rude that would not be a Roman?
Who is here so vile that will not love his country?
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