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The study of the following sentences will show the importance of proper modulation and the correct placing of emphasis and pause. Most of the punctuation

marks are purposely omitted.

1. The man who is in the daily use of alcoholic liquors if he does not become a drunkard is in danger of losing his health and character.


She wished she had not heard it, yet she wished
That heaven had made her such a man.

Othello, Act I., Sc. 3.


3. The dog would have died if you hadn't cut his head off. 4. Your honor is right and I am wrong as your honor usually is.

5. Where is the man? There he is madam drunk as you behold.

6. Hang out the banners on the outward wall the cry is still they come.

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8. Thou foundest me an enemy, thou leavest me a friend.

9. The wicked flee when no man pursueth but the righteous is bold as a lion.

IO. He moves a god resistless in his course,



And seems a match for more than mortal force.


A fellow in a market town

Most musical cries razors up and down.

John Wolcott.

The Razor-Seller.


My hand will rather

The multitudinous seas incarnadine
Making the green one red.

Macbeth, Act II., Sc. 1.


How fleet is a glance of the mind
Compared with the speed of its flight
The tempest itself lags behind

And the swift-winged arrows of light.

Alexander Selkirk.


Mary Blaize.

The king himself has followed her
When she has walked before.




15. The judge in passing sentence on John said that he

was not guilty.



He had a patient lying at Death's door

Some three miles from the town it might be four.

He tenderly led from the court-room

Himself the guilty child.

Guilty or not Guilty.

18. If Moses was the son of Pharaoh's daughter then Moses was the daughter of Pharaoh's son.


TRANSITION is the name given to those abrupt changes in pitch, force, time, and quality, employed for expression in reading and speaking.

The strongest effects in dramatic expression are made by means of Transition. The highest vocal and physical qualifications are necessary for its effective application in passages that require marked changes in pitch, time, force, and "action.'

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An important application of Transition is in the passing from one character to another in personation. A pause of greater or less duration always takes place at the transition.


So stately her bearing, so proud her array,

The main she will traverse forever and aye;
Many ports will exult at the gleam of her mast !—
Hush! hush! thou vain dreamer! this hour is her


Mrs. Browning.


At first a universal shriek there rushed,
Louder than the loud ocean, like a crash
Of echoing thunder ;—then all was hushed,
Save the wild wind and the remorseless dash
Of billows.

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Lo! anointed by heaven with vials of wrath,
Behold, where he flies on his desolate path!

Now, in darkness and billows, he sweeps from my

Rise rise! ye wild tempests, and cover his flight!
'Tis finished. Their thunders are hushed on the


Culloden is lost, and my country deplores!

Lochiel's Warning.



"Halt !"—the dust-brown ranks stood fast;
"Fire!"-out blazed the rifle-blast.

It shivered the window, pane and sash,
It rent the banner with seam and gash.
Quick, as it fell from the broken staff,
Dame Barbara snatched the silken scarf;
She leaned far out on the window-sill,
And shook it forth with a royal will.
"Shoot, if you must, this old gray head,
But spare your country's flag," she said.
A shade of sadness, a blush of shame,
Over the face of the leader came;
The nobler nature within him stirred
To life at that woman's deed and word.
"Who touches a hair of yon gray head
Dies like a dog! March on!" he said,

Barbara Frietchie.



They fought like brave men, long and well,
They piled the ground with Moslem slain,
They conquered-but Bozzaris fell,
Bleeding at every vein.

Marco Bozzaris.

"Charge, Chester, charge! On, Stanley, on!"


Were the last words of Marmion.


Marmion, Canto VI.


8. "Accursed be the fagots that blaze at his feet,

Where his heart shall be thrown e'er it ceases to beat,

With the smoke of the ashes to poison the gale "

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Down, soothless insulter! I trust not the tale;

For never shall Albyn a destiny meet

So black with dishonor-so foul with retreat."

Lochiel's Warning.


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'By the God that made thee, Randolph,
Tell us what mischance hath come!"
Then he lifts his riven banner,


And the asker's voice is dumb.

Flodden Field.


10. If you should transfer the amount of your reading day by day from the newspapers to the standard authors-but who dare speak of such a thing?


II. [Sir Peter.] Lady Teazle, Lady Teazle, I'll not bear it. [Lady Teazle.] Sir Peter, Sir Peter, you may bear it or not, as you please; but I ought to have my own way in everything, and, what's more, I will too. School for Scandal, Act I., Sc. 2.

R. B. Sheridan.

12. [Sir P.] This, madam, was your situation, and what have I done for you? I have made you a woman of fashion, of fortune, of rank; in short, I have made you my wife.

[Lady T.] Well, then-and there is but one thing more you can make me, to add to the obligation, and that is— [Sir P.] My widow, I suppose ?

[Lady T.] Hem! hem!



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