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whole, as well as the several parts in detail ; and, at the same time, so to familiarize the application, as to give the entire subject a permanent lodgment in the memory of the student. How far the authors have succeeded in providing facilities for such a result, experiment alone must decide.

Another, though a subordinate object, was to treat of poetry more fully than elocutionists have generally done, by giving the principles of its construction, the number of syllables constituting the different kinds of poetic feet, its various measures and forms, together with rules, and numerous examples and exercises for reading and scanning.

And, as the use of figurative language is almost as common as household words among all classes of people, the authors have thought it advisable, also, to give a brief explanation of the change in the use of words from a literal to a figurative sense, illustrating the same by a few examples, and thus showing how much our language abounds in a figurative mode of expressing ideas.

Most of the exercises under the elocutionary rules, are designed as regular reading lessons, as well as exemplifications of the rules; and, for convenience, they are referred to in a separate table of contents.

Part Second consists of select pieces for reading and declamation, from the most approved authors both in this country and Europe, with EXPLANATORY NOTES. It embraces specimens of the eloquence of the pulpit, the lecture-room, the legislative hall, the bar, the stage, and the battle-field, appropriately interspersed with the narrative, descriptive, humorous, and colloquial styles in prose, and with interesting and instructive selections of various styles and measures in

verse.

To enable the student to determine the character of the language, the style, the manner of reading all these varied selections, and to secure a constant observance and application of the principles illustrated in the First Part, a reference is occasionally made, at the head of the lessons, to some one or more of the elocutionary rules; and it is hoped that all teachers will faithfully carry out this suggestion of the authors, in their daily use of the book.

In conclusion, Mr. Town would hereby improve the present opportunity to acknowledge the valuable assistance of his nephew, Nelson M. HOLBROOK - one of the compilers of “ Town's Grammar School Reader,” and author of “ The Child's First Book in Arithmetic” – in the last revision of his entire Series of books.

THE AUTHORS. Boston, Oct. 1, 1856.

CHAPTER 1.

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CONTENTS.

PART 1.

ELOCUTIONARY PRINCIPLES.

PRINCIPLE.

ARTICULATION, .
Definitions and Characters,
Elementary Sounds,
Table of Elementary Sounds,
Combinations of Elementary

Sounds, and Table of,

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CHAPTER II.

ACCENT,

Quantity of Syllables,

CHAPTER III.

SENTENCES,

43 Conditional Sentences,

Series,

44-46 Interrogative Sentences,

Affirmative, Negative Sentences, . 46, 47 Exclamatory Sentences,

CHAPTER IV.

EMPHASIS,

General Divisions,

Superior and Inferior,

ABSOLUTE EMPHASIS,

On Important Words,

Succession of Emphatic Words

and Particulars,

Repetition of Words,

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PRINCIPLE.

BUBJECT.

AUTHOR. PAGE.

10.

Antithetic Emphasis. Miscellany,

67

11.

Homer and Virgil,

H. Blair. 68

Absolute Emphatic Clause. Miscellany,

70

13. Absolute Emphatic Clause Repeated. Miscellany,

73

14. Antithetic Emphatic Clause. Miscellany,

75

15. INFLECTION. Direct Questions without their Answers. Miscellany,

81

Dueling, L. Beecher. 83

17. Direct Questions with their Answers. Law of Progress, M. Hopkins. 85

18.

Or, used Disjunctively. Miscellany,

88

19. Or, used Conjunctively.

Bible. 90

20. Negation Opposed to Afirmation. Miscellany, .

92

21. Words or Clauses Contrasted. Bible and Miscellany,

95, 96

22. Pause of Suspension. Miscellany,

101

23.

Advantages of a Well-Cultivated Mind, J. Bigland. 102

24. Tender Emotion. The Head-Stone,

J. Wilson. 104

25.

Gentle Words,

Anon. 108

26. Indirect Questions without their Answers. Miscellany,

111, 112

27. Indirect Questions with Answers. Northern Laborers, C. C. Naylor, 114

28. Language of Authority. Miscellany, .

118

29. Depunciation and Reprehension. Miscellany,

120

30. Exclamation. Miscellany,

121

31. Exclamatory Questions and Tender Emotion. Miscellany,

122

32. The Last Pause but One. Miscellany,

126

83. Commencing and Concluding Series. Miscellany,

129

34. Emphatic Succession of Particulars. Miscellany,

132

35. Increasing Intensity of Inflection, Emphatic Repetition. Miscellany, 133

36. CIRCUMFLEX. Miscellany,

138

37.

Wealth and Fashion,

Anon. 139

38. MONOTONE. Miscellany,

143

39. MODULATION, and Characters of Style. Narrative. A Narrow Escape, . 154

40. Descriptive Narration. A Forest on Fire,

J.J. Audubon. 156

41. Historical Narration. An Attempt to take Washington,

Anon. 159

42. Didactic Value of the Sabbath to Young Men, . A. Barnes. 163, 164

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Argumentative. Industry Necessary to Genius,

Knox. 167

44. Extract from an Oration. The Dignity of Human Nature, Anon. 169

45. An Argumentative Appeal. You Cannot Conquer America, Pitt, 170

46 EMOTIONS AND Passions. Tender Emotion, etc. Miscellany, 172-175

47. Language of Earnest Entreaty, Lamentation, etc. Miscellany, 175-178

48. Complaint, etc. Las Casas to Pizarro,

R. B. Sheridan. 179

Grandeur and Sublimity. The Fixed Stars,

Dr. Chalmers. 180

50. Language that is Solemn and Dignified, etc. Miscellany,

183, 184
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language of Scorn, Contempt, etc. Miscellany,

184, 185
52. Language of Joy, Gayety, etc. Miscellany,

186-188
53. Language of Excessive Joy. Miscellany,

189, 190

54. Language of Impatience, etc. Brutus and Cassius, etc., Shakspeare. 191-194

Language of Authority. Miscellany,

194

58. Language of Reproof, etc. Cæsar Passing the Rubicon, J. S. Knowles. 195

57 Language of Affirmation, etc. Reply to Corry,

H. Grattan. 196

59. TRANSITIOX. Alexander's Feast,

J. Dryden. 198

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