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... give those inflections and variations to the voice , which nature requires : and it
is for want of this previous study , more perhaps than from any other cause , that
we so ofton hear persons read with an improper emphasis , or with ELOCUTION.
on hear persons read with an improper emphasis , or with no emphasis at all ,
that is with a stupid monotony . Much study and pains are necessary in acquiring
the habit of just and forcible pronunciation ; and it can only be the effect of close ...
The simplicity of his grief drew numbers about him , and La Fleur among the rest ,
while the horses were getting ready ; as I continued sitting in the post chaise , I
could see and hear over their heads . He said he had come last from Spain ...
-THEY were the sweetest notes I ever heard ; and I instantly let down the fore
glass to hear them more distinctly - Tis Maria ; said the postillion , observing I was
listening - Poor Maria , continued he , ( leaning his body on one side to let me
... and that I would not have let fallen an unseasonable pleasantry in the
venerable presence of Misery , to be entitled to all the wit that ever Rabelais
scattered Adieu , Maria adieu , poor hapless damsel some time , but not now , I
may hear thy ...
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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).