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THE Selections in prose and verse made for practice in the following pages are cautiously chosen, for their purity of sentiment, or innocent humour, as well as their elegance and force of language: the habit of reading them aloud cannot fail, of itself, to improve the taste as well as the Elocution of the reader.
The short Treatise prefixed to the Selections, with some general practical instructions, will be found advantageous to both teacher and pupil; to the former it is believed they will be of valuable assistance in his or her course of instruction. If the pupil be made thoroughly to understand them, she cannot fail to reap their benefit in practice.
Teachers who may desire to enter fully into the theory of Elocution and its highest practice, are referred to my work, entitled “ The Art of Elocution as an Essential Part of Rhetoric,” &c.
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THE LADY'S READER
IN PROSE AND VERSE.
GRACE of speech is particularly attractive in woman. The speaking of her native language with purity and elegance of pronunciation, in an agreeable tone of voice, with a sparkling accentuation and an easy, fluent, utterance, are distinguishing marks of a good education, and carry with them the prestige of refinement and high breeding. Like a good appearance and manner, they are an immediate recommendation of the possessor ; indeed, no lady's manner can be said to be completely comme il faut if her utterance, in ordinary conversation, be defective or inelegant.
Poets have made grace of utterance in woman the theme of frequent praise.
The Epicurean Horace, the fastidious poet of the Augustan age, singles out grace of speech as one of the chief fascinations of the charming lady of his love ; her empire over his heart is main