In the light novel that I'm reading, the narrator sometimes starts his narration with "と、" like the following example:
I've been curious about why と is appearing at the start of the second sentence. Searches for a definition or colloquial abbreviation fail to be meaningful because there are too many sites which detail と as a particle.
I'm not sure of its purpose, but I figure that it could be one of these possibilities:
- An abbreviation of という,
- the particle と connecting it to 「ふん」,
- an onomatopoeic sound,
- a hesitant pause,
- or some other reason.
The question that I have is, which one?