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PREFACE TO THE REWISED EDITION,
IN revising the Science of Elocution the author desires to express his sincere thanks to the literary and professional men and women, and to the schools and colleges throughout the country for their generous and complimentary indorsement and adoption of the work, and to hope that the revised edition may be no less acceptable.
The original design of the work, which was to present the elements and principles of vocal expression in a plain, simple, scientific manner, is still retained.
The changes are chiefly in the arrangement of the exercises, the addition of questions and diagrams, and the substitution of new and better selections. The present plan is to present the explanations, exercises, elements, principles, and the selections for their illustration in systematic lessons, and thus better adapt the work to the wants of the class-room. Instead of presenting with each element brief examples to illustrate all the styles of thought and feeling in which the element may be employed, only one illustration will be given, the others being presented when new elements are introduced. By this arrangement frequent repeti
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tions will be avoided, and yet all the styles of thought and feeling illustrated. No attempt has been made to give instruction in action, further than the exercises in position and movement. Indeed, it is questionable whether grace and propriety of gesture and attitude can be successfully taught by printed instructions either in words or wood-cuts and dotted line. Certain it is that the accomplishments of action can be best acquired from the living teacher and the careful study of works of art and natural illustrations. The suggestions in the lessons on gesture and attitude are on the supposition that the teacher is competent to give such instruction orally and by illustration.
GEORGETown, CoL., Feb. 1, 1886.
Exercises in Position, Respiration, Articulation, Breathing, and