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THE NEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARY

474914

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1909

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1847

By A. S. BARNES & CO., In the Clerk's Ofice of the District Court of the United States for the Bouthern

District of New York.

A C CALENTINE, STEREOTYPER AND ELECTROTYPER, 81, 83, and 85 Centre-street,

New York.

GEO. W. WOCI), PRINTER,

No. 2 Dutct st., N. Y.

PREFACE.

The opportunities presented in this volume for the practice of all the characteristics of a good reader are many and important, and the selections themselves, made as they are from so great a number of authors whose works are well known and highly estimated, while they subserve the purpose for which they have been arranged, can not fail to inform the understanding, improve the taste, and cultivate the heart.

In Part First, the important principles of Orthoëpy and Elocution are comprehensively and systematically arranged, and accompanied by copious and lucid exam ples, illustrating their use and application.

In Part Second, while the exercises in reading have been graded in a systematic manner, presenting the simplest pieces first in order, it will also be found that a strict classification has been preserved with regard to the nature of the subjects. Many of the pieces have never before appeared in any reading-books; and, in most of those which are not entirely new, some new feature will be found to give freshness and peculiar adaptation.

It has been our especial aim, while introducing a great variety of the choicest literature of the English language into this work, to reject such pieces as, from the nature

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of their subjects, would not be understcod by the pupile for whom the book has been prepared.

Great pains have been taken to indicate the pronunciation of all words liable to be mispronounced, where they occur; and in notes, placed for convenience at the bottom of each page, will be found full explanations of difficult or uncommon words, not only by their appropriate synonyms, but, wherever necessary, by an extended paraphrase. Biographical sketches of noted persons whose names occur in the reading exercises, and explanations of classical allusions, are also given in the notes.

It remains to be stated, that, while this volume appears as a constituent member of a series, it bas been so arranged that it may be profitably used either in connection with the members of its own family, by itself, or with any other series of reading-books.

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Words Distinguished by Accent.

Accent Changed by Contrast

SECTION IV.-EMPHASIS...

Rules for the Use of Emphasis

Examples

SECTION V.-INFLECTIONS

The Rising Inflection .

The Falling Inflection

The Circumflex

Rules for the Use of Inflections

SECTION VI.-MODULATION

Pitch

Force

Quality

Rate.

SECTION VII.-PAUSES.

Rules for the Use of Pauses.

Suspensive Quantity .

Exercise

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