Don’t you fret, <then>, don’t you

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Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(page 429-430, chapter 19) by DH Lawrence (planetebook,here):
(background: Clifford was in bad mood. Mrs Bolton wanted to make him cry to release his self-pity. Then he really wept. Then Mrs Bolton comforted him…)

‘There, there! There, there! Don’t you fret, then, don’t you! Don’t you fret!’ she moaned to him, while her own tears fell.

I feel then here is meanless, which serves as an interjection, oh.
Is that possible please?
Thank you in advance
  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    It's quite often used by adults who indulge in "baby-talk" to small children. Here it's being used in a rhetorical question:

    Eunice swept his slender little body up into her arms and kissed him. 'Who's mummy's little man, then?'
    Wycliffe and the Pea Green Boat
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