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EXAMPLE: DESCRIPTIVE, JOYOUS. Rising Inflection of Third, Fifth, and Octave, Expulsive Form, Fure Tone, Moderate Force, Radical Stress, Middle Pitch, Moderate Movement.
An Idyl of the Period.
G. A. BAKER.
Find a chair,—have a light?”
From the Mathers' jam last night ?” “ Didn't dance-the German's old."
“Didn't you? I had to leadAwful bore !-but where were you ?”
“ Sat it out with Molly Meade; Jolly little girl she is
Said she didn't care to dance,
Then she gave me such a glance.
And had captured all the chairs,
Took possession of the stairs.
Molly on the next above;
Asked me to draw off her glove.
Talked about my wasted life;
Be a true and gentle wife.
Then, you know, I used my eyes-
Almost said she loved me-Jove!
That I-kissed her-pass a light."
3. "Molly Meade, well I declare!
Who'd have thought of seeing you,
Out here on the avenue?
O! you awful, awful girl!
There-don't blush-I saw it all."
Most men must be caught, but he
I was almost dead to dance,
That I'd rather talk with him.
Luckily the lights were dim.
4. “He was all in earnest, too;
But I thought I'd have to laugh
Looking—0! like such a calf !
In a wine-glass on his shelves-
Why men will deceive themselves.
So I-let him—just for fun.
To trifle with his feelings, dear,
They need a lesson once a year.”
QUESTIONS. 1. Define Inflections. 2. What is said of their importance ? 3. What is the topic of this lesson? 4. Define Rising Inflection. 5. Illustrate it. 6. When do we use a Rising Inflection of a Second ? 7. When a Third ? 8. When a Fifth ? 9. When an Octave ? 10. What lines in the selection will require Rising Slide of Fifth ? 11. What of an Octave ? 12. Why?
Falling Inflection, A Falling Inflection is a rapid change in the pitch of the voice from a higher to a lower one through the concrete movement.
Like the Rising Inflection, it admits of various degrees.
If a person in reply to a question utters the word no, expressing a mild dissent, the voice will pass from the middle pitch downward, exhibiting a Falling Inflection of a second or third ; when uttered so as to express stronger dissent it will commence on a higher pitch, and end in a downward slide of a fifth ; and when uttered in a very strong or passionate dissent, the downward slide will run through a whole octave.
FALLING INFLECTION-WHEN USED.
To express, in different degrees, positiveness, firmness, confidence, authority, declaration, determination, command, defiance, indignation, etc.
To answer questions.
To ask indefinite questions, or those beginning with relative pronouns or adverbs, and not admitting of an answer by yes or no.
To give emphasis to words which otherwise would bave the Rising Inflection.
EXAMPLES IN FALLING INFLECTION.
COMPLETION OF THOUGHT.
Second and Third. 1. Charity suffereth long, and is kind. 2. Shakespeare was the greatest tragic writer.
8. It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. COMPLETENESS, POSITIVENESS, DETERMINATION.
Third, Fifth, and Octave. 1. We shall not fail. 2. The war must go on
3. I am commissioned of heaven to perform this work.
ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS.
Third, Fifth, and Octave. 1. What would content you? Talent? No. Enter prise ? No. Courage? No. Virtue ? No. The men whom you would select should possess not one, but all of these.
Are they Hebrews ? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham ? So am I. Are they ministers of Christ ? I am more.
Can honor set a leg? No. Or an arm ? No. Or take away the grief of a wound ? No. Honor hatt no skill in surgery, then? No. What is honor ? A word. What is that word honor ? All. Who hath it ? He that died on Wednesday. Doth he feel it ? No. Doth he hear it ? No. Is it insensible, then ? Yes, to the dead.
Third, Fifth, and Octave. 1. Why reason ye these things in your hearts ?