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ing should be plainly set forth. No honied, sweetly modulated tones, on the one part; no loud fierce utterances on the other, will avail, in lieu of a perfect understanding of the phrases spoken, and such a delivery as will make the meaning, plain, obvious and patent to all hearers.
The reader or speaker should not only try to fully understand every sentence that he is about to enunciate, but he should endeavor to realize fully the character of the person, who, for the time being, he aims to personate: so that he may give to every expression its due weight and meaning.
While care should be taken to avoid loud ranting, equal care should be taken not to fall into a tame, languid spiritless delivery. A poor delivery may make the glorious thoughts of Shakspeare appear as lifeless as “ the dúll weed that rots by Lethe's wharf.”
There is as much difference .io. Elocution as in Music. Listen to a spnitesi artist diakling-in;dugh an aria of Bellini's—then hear the same piece trom the voice of Nilsson or the cornet of. Ljevy.
H. L. W.