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CONTENTS.

OHAP. I. Reading : its connection with good education ,

Grammatical reading

Rhetorical Reading ....

CHAP. II. Articulation

Causes of defective articulation . ,

Difficulty of many consonant sounds .

Immediate succession of similar sounds

Influence of accent ....

Tendency to slide over unaccented vowels .

Cautions .....

CHAP III. Inflections .....

Description of Inflections . . .

Classification of Inflections . . .

Rule I. , Influence of disjunctive or on Inflection

Rule II. Of the Direct Question and its answer .

Rule III. Of Negation opposed to Affirmation

Rule IV. Rising Inflection.—Of the pause of Suspension

Rule V. Of the influence of Tender Emotion on the voice

Rule VI. Of the Penultimate Pause . . .

Falling Inflection . . .

Rule VII Of the indirect Question and its Answer

Rule VIII. The language of Authority.—Of surprise, &c.

Rule IX. Emphatic succession of particulars .

Rule X. Emphatic repetition . . .

Rule XI. Final Pause . ...

Rule XII. The Circumflex ....

CHAP. IV. Accent .....

CHAP. V. Emphasis . . • .

Sect. I. Emphatic Stress ....

Absolute Emphatic Stress ... .

Antithetic or Relative Emphatic Stress .

Sect. 2. Emphatic Inflection ...

Emphatic Clause ....

Double Emphasis ....

THAP. VI. Modulation;

Sect. 1. Faults of Modulation

Monotony . — , . . .

Mechanical Variety . . .

Sect. 2. Remedies .....

The spirit of Emphasis to be cultivated

A habit of discrimination as to Tones and Inflection

Sect, 3 Pitch of voice ....

Sect. 4. Quantity .....

Rotundity and Fullness

Loudness .....

Time .....

Strength of voice depends on good organ* of

speech, &c.

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SO. Triumph of the Gospel

81. Duties and Prospects of New England

83. The Sabbath School Teacher

83. Motives of the Gospel

84. Character of Richard Reynolds 85. Address of the Bible Society—1816. 86. Roman Soldier;—Last days of Herculaneum

87. The Orphan Boy 88. Christian Consolation • •

89. Cruelty to Animals . •

90. Christianity ....

91. Character of Mrs. Graham

92. Living to God . . •

93. Plea for Africa . . .

94. Basis of Infidelity

95. Eliza ....

96. Character of Mr. Brougham .

97. Character of Mr. Wilberforce . 98. Eulogium on Mr. Fox

99. Death of Sheridan

00. The last family of Eastern Greenland

01. The City and the Country

02. Summary Punishment

03. On the receipt of his Mother's Picture

04. Extract from " The Grave" .

05. Defence of Johnson . .

06. Taking of Warsaw

07. Lord Chatham .

08. Mr. Fox, and Mr. Pitt

09. Death of Lord Chatham . .

10. Lord Mansfield

It. Providential Distinctions .

12. Eloquence of Bossuet

13. Eloquence of Bourdaloue .

14. Eloquence of Bridaine . .

15. Eloquence of Whitefield .• ,

16. Satan's Lamentation. . .

17. Eloquence of Sheridan .

l4 Spirit of the American Revolution .

19. America . „ . . •

20. Patriotism of 1775

21. The discontented Pendulum

22. Valedictory Hymn

23. Scene from Pizarro . .

24. God

25. The Dead Sea

26. New Missionary Hymn

27. The Valley of Jehoshaphat

28. Roderick in Battle . . . .

29. Niagara ....

30. On a very old Wedding Ring George W.31. The Nativity ....

32. Christmas Hymn

33. Thou art gone to tho Grave

Appendix

THE

RHETORICAL READER.

CHAPTER L

tEADING. ITS CONNECTION 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 •exes, must be good readers. Yet the number who aao

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