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In plain narrative , and especially in argumentation , the least attention to the
manner in which we relate a story , or support an argument in conversation , will
show , that it is more frequently proper to raise the voice than to fall it at the end
raise the voice than to fall it at the end of a sentence . Interrogatives , where the
speaker seems to expect an answer , should almost always be elevated at the
close , with a peculiar tone , to indicate that a question is asked . Some sentences
A rich man beginning to fall is held up of his friends : but a poor man being down
is thrust away by his friends : when a rich man is fallen he hath many helpers ; he
speaketh things not to be spoken , and yet men justify him : the poor man slipt ...
-So it falls out , That what we have we prizes not to the worth , While we enjoy it ;
but being lacid and lost , Why then we wreak the value then we find The virtue
that possession would not shew as Whilst it SELECT SENTENCES .. 15.
It had pleased Heaver , he said , to bless him with three sons , the finest lads in
all Germany ; but having in one week lost two of them by the small - pox , and the
youngest falling ill of the same distemper ; he was afraid of being bereft of them ...
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This reader was initially published as a British reader, and then imported to America. According to Henry W. Simon, it was first published in America in Philadelphia in 1799. He was unaware of this second American printing. There is also another printing -- from New York in 1812 -- of which he too was unaware. Thus far, these are the only three American printings of which I am aware. In a visit to the Harvard archives, I noticed in their records that the Institute of 1770, an early literary society there, often read aloud from Enfield in their meetings in the 1770s and 1780s (though this would have been a British version of the text, not the American one depicted here).