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58. Take the following in order:
Position A, with the right foot forward.
Repeat the last two rapidly one after the other. Use the opposite positions also.
59. Take the following in order:
Position A, with the right foot forward.
Repeat this, stamping with the forward foot and imitating a sword thrust. Use the opposite positions also.
60. Repeat Ex. 59, using the sword thrust on the forward foot, and the hands spread, as if in terror, on the back foot.
Note on Fig. 48, p. 101. The Bartlett statue of Columbus. From Lorado Taft's American Sculpture, by permission. Mr. Taft says of this statue, “It shows us the discoverer in a new light; no longer the gentle dreamer, the eloquent pleader, the enthusiast, nor yet the silent victim in chains, but a hero of might and confidence hurling proud defiance at his calumniators.”
Now that the student has noticed the upward and downward slides of the voice, it may be well to give a few simple cases of their use.
As a general rule, it may be stated that the Rising Slide accompanies all incomplete mental states, while the Falling Slide accompanies completed ones.
CASE I. —Where one's mind is not quite made up in regard to something, the voice often takes a rising slide.
I think I shall go.
CASE II. — All clauses and expressions in sentences where the thought is not complete without something that follows take the rising slide.
The instructive lesson of history, teaching by example, can nowhere
be studied with more profit, or better promise, than in this Revolutionary period of America. — SPARKS.
In every enlightened age, eloquence has been a controlling factor in human affairs. — STANTON.
-* -" —' Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything. —SHAKESPEARE.
CASE III. —Surprise, implying “Is it so 2" takes the rising slide.
Let them out ! No
NotE. —When the question has left the mind, and one is fully settled that it is “You,” then the slide will take the other direction.
CASE IV. — Questions that can be answered by “Yes” or “No” take the rising slide. Are you going P Is he there 2
You are to be there 2
NotE. – When it is desired to make a question very emphatic, the rising slide may be given on all the principal syllables. Example:
Me, there, in the dark prison P
CASE V. --The names of persons addressed, if something more is immediately to follow, take the rising slide. John, come here. Fellow Citizens, I am here this evening, etc. CAUTION. — Rules are treacherous things. In all cases get back to life and the real thought intended. “How would this person have said this under these circumstances P” and “What do I really mean?” are good questions to ask yourself. They will generally determine the inflection correctly.
61. Give the word hurrah with a curve of voice something like the following:
Repeat several times, making the slide very plain.
62. Give the words “Oh! Is it you?" with a course of voice something like this.
Repeat several times.
63. Commence the following at lowest pitch, giving to each word a short rising slide on each successively higher pitch; aim at smoothness,
and gradually increase the length of inflections: breath 2
fleeting the call mansion its to back bust animated Or urn storied Can
64. Repeat the following with falling slides: Can honor's voice provoke the silent dust or flattery soothe the dull cold ear of death 2
THE SLIDE — Continued
IN the last lesson, it was learned that the falling slide is used to denote completed mental states. Below are given a few simple cases.
CASE I. — The end of a sentence, when the thought is complete, takes the falling slide.
He hath done good service, lady, in these wars.
CASE II. — Clauses, phrases, and words, when occurring in a series, may be made more emphatic by giving each the falling slide :
They have discovered that political equality does not result in social fraternity; that under a democracy the concentration of greater political power in fewer hands, the accumulation and aggregation of greater amounts of wealth in individuals, are more possible than under a monarchy; and that there is a tyranny more fatal than the tyranny of kings.
— J. J. INGALLS.
To elevate the morals of our people; to hold up the law as that sacred thing, which, like the ark of God of old, cannot be touched by irreverent hands; to frown upon every attempt to displace its supremacy ; and to unite our people in all that makes home pure and honorable, aS well as to give our energies to the material advancement of the country: these services we may render every day.— BENJAMIN HARRISON.
The application of steam to locomotion on land and sea, the cotton gin, electric illumination and telegraphy, the cylinder printing press, the