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examples, illustrations, and exercises, of sufficient length and number, to insure, if possible, a clear comprehension of all the parts as a whole, as well as the several parts in detail ; and, at the same time, 80 to familiarize the application, as to give the entire subject a permanent lodgment in the memory of the student. How far the author has 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 author has 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, with explanatory notes. It embraces the various styles of the most approved authors, both in this country and Europe. To enable the student to determine the character of the language, the style, the appropriate manner of reading the selections, and to secure a constant observance and application of the principles illustrated in Part First, a reference is occasionally made, at the head of the lessons, to some one or more of the rules ; and it is hoped that teachers will faithfully carry out this suggestion of the author, in their daily use of the book.

In preparing this work, the author acknowledges the valuable assistance of his nephew, Nelson M. HOLBROOK, assistant compiler of “ The Grammar School Reader," and author of " The Child's First Book in Arithmetic.”

S. TOWN. AURORA, N. Y., November 10, 1854 .

CONTENTS.

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CHAPTER IV.

EMPHASIS, . . . . 49-51 | Exclamations and Interjections,
General Divisions, . . . 51 | ANTITHETIC EMPHASIS, . .
Superior and Inferior, . . 52, 53 Words Contrasted, • • .
ABSOLUTE EMPHASIS, · · · 53 EMPHATIC CLAUSE, - - .
On Important Words, . . 54 Absolute Emphatic Clause,
Succession of Emphatic Words Absolute Emphatic Clause

and Particulars, • - - - 56 Repeated, . . . . .

Repetition of Words, . . 39, 60 | Antithetic Emphatio Olauso, .

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PRINCIPLE.

SUBJECT

AUTHOR. PAGE.

1. ARTICULATION, or Elementary Sounds. The Pleasures of Learning, Anon. 26

2. ACCENT. Disrespect to Parents in no Case Allowable, . - Anon. 35

3.

Original Thinking, · · · H. Eaton. 37

Principles of Classification, - - - Anon. 40

5. EMPHASES Absolute. Beauty and Sublimity of Scottish Scenery, Richmond. 55
Succession of Words or Particulars. Miscellany, - - - - 57

« Panegyric on Sheridan's Eloquence, E. Burke. 58
Repetition of Important Words. Intemperance, • . Anon. 60
Exclamations and Interjections. Miscellany, . . . . 63

121

PRINCIPLE.

SUBJECT

AUTHOR. PAGE.

Antithetic Emphasis. Miscellany, . . . . . . . 65

o Homer and Virgil, . . . ! Blair. 66

Absolute Emphatic Clause. Miscellany, . . . . . . 68

Absolute Emphatic Clause Repeated. Miscellany, · · · · 71

Antithetic Emphatic Clause. Miscellany, - . . . . .

15. INFLECTION. Direct Questions without their Answers. Miscellany, - 79

16.

“ Dueling, L. Beecher. 81

Direct Questions with their Answers. Law of Progress, M. Hopkins. 83

Or, used Disjunctively. Miscellany, - - - - - . 86

Or, used Conjunctively. . - - - - . Bible. 88

Negation Opposed to Affirmation. Miscellany, - - - .

Words or Clauses Contrasted. Bible and Miscellany, · · 93, 94

Pause of Suspension. Miscellany, ·

97

Advantages of a Well-Cultivated Mind, J. Bigland. 98

Tender Emotion. The Head-Stone, - - - - J. Wilson. 103

“ Gentle Words, . - - - - Auon. 107

Indirect Questions without their Answers. Miscellany, • 110-111

Indirect Questions with Answers. Northern Laborers, C. C. Naylor. 113

Language of Authority. Miscellany, - - - - - - 117

Denunciation and Reprehension. Miscellany, - - - - 119

Exclamation. Miscellany, - - - - - -

120

Exclamatory Questions and Tender Emotion. Miscellany,

The Last Pause but One. Miscellany, - - - - -

125

Commencing and Concluding Series. Miscellany, . .

128

Emphatic Succession of Particulars. Miscellany, - -

131

Increasing Intensity of Inflection, Emphatic Repetition. Miscellany, 132

CIRCUMFLEX. Miscellany, • - - - - - - - - 137

" Wealth and Fashion. - . - - - Anon. 138

MONOTONE Miscellany, - - - - - - - - - 142

39. MODULATIon, and Characters of Style. Narrative. A Narrow Escape, 153

Descriptive Narration. A Forest on Fire, . - J. J. Audubon. 155

Historical Narration. An Attempt to take Washington, : Anon. 158

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

Argumentative. Industry Necessary to Genius, . · Knox. 166

Extract from an Oration. The Dignity of Human Nature. Anon. 168

An Argumentative Appeal. Pitt's Speech, - - - - - 169

EMOTIONS AND PAssions. Tender Emotion, &c. Miscellany, - 172-175

Language of Earnest Entreaty, Lamentation, &c. Miscellany, 175—178

Complaint, &c. Las Casas to Pizarro, - - - - Sheridan. 178

Grandeur and Sublimity. The Fixed Stars,

Dr. Chalmers. 179

Language that is Solemn and Dignified, &c. Miscellany, - 182, 193

Language of Scorn, Contempt, &c. Miscellany, · · · 184, 185

Language of Joy, Gayety, &c. Miscellany, • • • 186--188

Language of Excessive Joy. Miscellany, - - · · 189, 190

Language of Impatience, &c. Brutus and Cassius, Shakspeare. 190-193

Language of Authority. Miscellany, · · ·

193

LESSONS IN PROSE.

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