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FROM THE BEST AUTHORS.
ARCHD, 11. PRYCE, LL.D., D.C.L., F.R.S.E.,
RECTOR OF THE EDINBURGH COLLEGIATE SCHOOL.
EDINBURGH; AND NEW (ory;
Thx Extracts which form this Second Part of “READINGS FROM THE BEST AUTHORS," have been selected mainly with a regard to their suitableness as Exercises in Elocution for the members of middle and upper classes in schools. And thus, while many of them are of a higher order than the specimens of Part I., it has nevertheless been deemed essential that each piece should exhibit some of the following characteristics :
1st, That the subject be one which boys can thoroughly appreciate, and which may therefore largely enlist their sympathies.
2d, That the subject be so treated that the thoughts and imagery may be readily apprehended, and speedily brought home to the heart and the feelings. For it cannot be expected that those portions of an author which require for their comprehension a laborious and minute explanation on the part of the teacher, and a great exercise of thought on the part of the pupil, can be read with spirit and with taste.
3d, That strongly marked rhetorical peculiarities abound, so that the young may be early taught to avoid a monotonous and unimpres. sive style of reading.
To each Piece has been prefixed a very brief notice of its author, and, when necessary, of the circumstances under which it was written. A few notes have been added to explain the more obscure references; but
it has been judged best for the interests of both teacher and pupil to e3 limit these within narrow bounds.
It is not intended that the Extracts in this volume be read in the order in which they are printed, but that, on the contrary, teachers