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CHAP. III. INFLECTIONS
Causes of defective articulation
Difficulty of many consonant sounds
Immediate succession of similar sounds
Tendency to slide over unaccented vowels
Influence of disjunctive or on Inflection
Of the Direct Question and its Answer
Of Negation opposed to Affirmation
Rising Inflection.-Of the Pause of Suspension
RULE V. Of the influence of Tender Emotion on the voice.
RULE VI. Of the Penultimate Pause
RULE VII. Of the Indirect Question and its Answer
RULE VIII. The language of Authority. Of surprise, &c.
RULE. IX. Emphatic succession of particulars
Antithetic or Relative Emphatic Stress
The spirit of Emphasis to be cultivated
A habit of discrimination as to Tones and Inflection
Directions for preserving and strengthening them
Gesture may want appropriateness and discrimination 68
May be too constant, or violent, or complex, or uniform 70
4. Negation opposed to affirmation
8. Language of Authority, Surprise, &c.
Exercise 11-17. Absolute and Relative stress, and Emphatic }
Judah's Speech to Joseph
27. Joseph disclosing himself
Burial of Sir John Moore
30. Eve lamenting the loss of Paradise
31. Soliloquy of Hamlet's Uncle
32. Examples from the Bible
47. Destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem by fire
48. The Charnel Ship
N. Y. Atlas.
From the Diary of a Physician. 184
74. Remarkable preservation from death at Sea Prof. Wilson. 210
75. The Bible the best Classic
77. Duty of Literary men to their Country
78. Eulogy on Adams and Jefferson
86. Roman Soldier; -Last days of Herculaneum
READING. ITS CONNEXION WITH GOOD EDUCATION.
THE art of reading well is indispensable to one who expects to be a public speaker; because the principles on which it depends are the same as those which belong to rhetorical delivery in general, and because nearly all bad speakers were prepared to be so, by early mismanagement of the voice in reading.
But the subject is one of common interest to all, who aim at a good education. Every intelligent father, who would have his son or daughter qualified to hold a respectable rank in well-bred society, will regard it as among the very first of polite accomplishments, that they should be able to read well. But beyond this, the talent may be applied to many important purposes of business, of rational entertainment, and of religious duty. Of the multitudes who are not called to speak in public, including the whole of one sex, and all but comparatively a few of the other, there is no one to whom the ability to read in a graceful and impressive manner, may not be of great value. In this country, then, where the advantages of education are open to all, and where it is a primary object with parents of all classes, to have their children well instructed, it would seem reasonable to presume that nearly all our youth, of both sexes, must be good readers. Yet the number who can