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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 house. hold 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.

30

31-34

PRINCIPLE.

ARTICULATION,

Definitions and Characters,

Elementary Sounds,

Table of Elementary Sounds,
Çonibinations of Elementary

Sounds, and Table of,

ACCENT,

Quantity of Syllables,

SENTENCES,

Series,

Affirmative, Negative Sentences,

EMPHASIS,

General Divisions,
Superior and Inferior,
A BSOLUTE EMPHASIS,
On Important Words,
Succession of Emphatic Words

and Particulars, •

Repetition of Words,

Absolute Emphatic Clause

56 Repeated,

39, 601 Antithetic Emphatio Clauso,

70
78

133, 134

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PRLIOIPLE.

SUBJECT

AUTHOR. PAGR.

10. Antithetic Emphasis. Miscellany,

65

11.

Homer and Virgil,

Blair. 66

12. Absolute Emphatic Clause. Miscellany,

68

13. Absolute Emphatic Clause Repeated. Miscellany,

71

14. Antithetic Emphatic Clause. Miscellany,

73

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

79

16.

Dueling, L. Beecher. 81

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

18. Or, used Disjunctively. Miscellany,

86

19. Or, used Conjunctively.

Bible. 88

20. Negation Opposed to Affirmation. Miscellany,

90

21. Words or Clauses Contrasted. Bible and Miscellany,

93, 94

22. Pause of Suspension. Miscellany,

97

23.

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

24. Tender Emotion. The Head-Stone,

J. Wilson. 103

25.

Gentle Words,

Anon. 107

26. Indirect Questions without their Answers. Miscellany,

110-11

27.

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

28. Language of Authority. Miscellany,

117

29. Denunciation and Reprehension. Miscellany,

119

30. Exclamation. Miscellany,

120

31. Exclamatory Questions and Tender Emotion. Miscellany,

121

32.

The Last Pause but One. Miscellany,

125

33. Commencing and Concluding Series. Miscellany,

128

34. Emphatic Succession of Particulars. Miscellany,

131

35. Increasing Intensity of Inflection, Emphatic Repetition. Miscellany, 132

36. CIRCUMFLEX. Miscellany, -

137

37.

Wealth and Fashion.

Anon. 138

38. MONOTONE. Miscellany,

142

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

40. Descriptive Narration. A Forest on Fire,

J.J. Audubon. 155

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

42. Didactic. Value of the Sabbath to Young Men,

A. Barnes. 163

43. Argumentative. Industry Necessary to Genius,

Knox. 166

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

45.

An Argumentative Appeal. Pitt's Speech,

169

46. ExotIONS AND Passions. Tender Emotion, &c. Miscellany, 172-175

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

48. Complaint, &c. Las Casas to Pizarro,

- Sheridan. 178

49. Grandeur and Sublimity. The Fixed Stars,

Dr. Chalmers. 179

50. Language that is Solemn and Dignified, &c. Miscellany,

182, 193
51. Language of Scorn, Contempt, &c. Miscellany,

184, 185
52. Language of Joy, Gayety, &c. Miscellany,

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

189, 190

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

B5. Language of Authority. Miscellany,

193

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