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Title: Elementary Composition
Author: Carpenter, George R., Canfield, Dorothea F.
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  _All rights reserved_

  COPYRIGHT, 1906,


Set up and electrotyped. Published August, 1906. Reprinted July,
1907; February, August, 1909; September, 1910; February, 1911;
March, 1913; September, 1914; June, 1915; March, twice, November,

  Norwood Press
  J. S. Cushing Co.--Berwick & Smith Co.
  Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.


The authors have endeavored to provide an unusually rich collection
of material for work in composition,--material well arranged, well
graded, well adapted for use in the seventh and eighth grades, and
accompanied by a clear and suggestive statement of the grammatical
and rhetorical principles involved. For skilled advice and
assistance in connection with Chapters II-VI we are greatly indebted
to Miss Jennie F. Owens, of the Jersey City Training School.

  D. F. C.
  G. R. C.

  NEW YORK CITY, July, 1906.



  TABLE OF SECTIONS                                  ix

  TABLE OF EXERCISES                               xiii


     I. INTRODUCTION                                  1

    II. THE SENTENCE                                  4

   III. THE PARAGRAPH                                29

    IV. WORDS                                        49


    VI. WHOLE COMPOSITIONS; OUTLINES                 88

   VII. ORAL COMPOSITION                            102

  VIII. THE DIARY                                   106

    IX. THE LETTER                                  112

     X. NARRATION                                   137

    XI. DESCRIPTION                                 155

   XII. NARRATION (_continued_)                     188

  XIII. EXPOSITION                                  199

   XIV. ARGUMENT                                    214

    XV. SECRETARIAL WORK                            225

   XVI. VERSIFICATION                               234

  XVII. PUNCTUATION                                 247


     A. RULES FOR SPELLING                          269

     B. MODEL OF CONSTITUTION                       271

  INDEX                                             273


[The roman numerals refer to chapters; the arabic, to sections.]

  CHAPTER                                                    PAGE

  I. INTRODUCTION                                               1

  II. THE SENTENCE: =1.= Phrases, clauses, and
        sentences.--=2.= Simple, complex, and compound
        sentences.--=3.= Variety in the use of
        sentences.--=4.= Periodic sentences.--=5.=
        Bad sentences.--=6.= The "comma" sentence.--=7.=
        Sentences without unity.--=8.= The formless sentence    4

  III. THE PARAGRAPH: =9.= The use of the paragraph.--=10.=
        The beginning.--=11.= Unity in the paragraph.--=12.=
        The body of the paragraph.--=13.= Too
        many paragraphs.--=14.= The end of a paragraph.--=15.=
        Quotations                                             29

  IV. WORDS: =16.= How we learn words.--=17.= The size
        and character of the English vocabulary.--=18.=
        Increasing one's vocabulary.--=19.= Synonyms.--=20.=
        Accuracy in the use of words.--=21.= Figures
        of speech.--=22.= Mistakes in the use of words.--=23.=
        Spelling.--=24.= Slang.--=25.= Errors in the forms
        of words                                               49

        in which the ideas are already at hand.--=27.=
        Condensation.--=28.= Method in condensation.--=29.=
        Expansion.--=30.= The purpose of expansion.--=31.=
        Paraphrase.--=32.= Paraphrase of complete compositions 69

  VI. WHOLE COMPOSITIONS; OUTLINES: =33.= Whole compositions.--
        =34.= Outlines.--=35.= Essentials in a whole
        composition.--=36.= How to plan an essay               88

  VII. ORAL COMPOSITION: =37.= The great essential.--=38.=
        How to be heard.--=39.= Pronunciation.--=40.=
        A plan necessary                                      102

  VIII. THE DIARY: =41.= The value of a diary.--=42.=
        Contents of a diary.--=43.= Imaginary
        diaries.--=44.= The class diary                       106

  IX. THE LETTER: =45.= Various kinds of letters.--=46.=
        Friendly letters.--=47.= Letters of social
        intercourse.--=48.= Formal invitations.--=49.=
        Telegrams.--=50.= Business letters.--=51.=
        Notices.-- =52.= Appeals.--=53.= Petitions.--=54.=
        Advertisements                                        112

  X. NARRATION: =55.= The essentials of a good narrative.--
        =56.= Autobiography.--=57.= Biography.--=58.=
        History.--=59.= Plain reporting of facts.--=60=.
        Conversation                                          137

  XI. DESCRIPTION: =61.= Observation.--=62.= General
        scientific description.--=63.= Specific scientific
        description.--=64.= Technical terms.--=65.= Literary
        description.--=66.= Description of people.--=67.=
        Longer description.--=68.= Description of
        conditions.--=69.= Description by contrast.--=70.=
        Description of events.--=71.= Picture making of
        scenes of action.--=72.= Travel.--=73.= Descriptions
        of an hour                                            155

  XII. NARRATION (_Continued_): =74.= Historical stories.--
        =75.= Fictitious stories.--=76.= The beginning.--
        =77.= The ending.--=78.= The body                     188

  XIII. EXPOSITION: =79.= General principles.--=80.=
        Explanation of a material process.--=81.= Explanation
        of games.--=82.= Exposition of abstract ideas.--=83.=
        Exposition by example.--=84.= Exposition by
        repetition.--=85.= Exposition by contrast.--=86.=
        Exposition by a figure of speech                      199

  XIV. ARGUMENT: =87.= General principle.--=88.= The
        introduction.--=89.= The reasons.--=90.= The
        outline.--=91.= The plea.--=92.= Other forms          214

  XV. SECRETARIAL WORK (=93=)                                 225

  XVI. VERSIFICATION (=94=)                                   234

  XVII. PUNCTUATION: =95.= General theory of punctuation.--
        =96.= The period.--=97.= The question mark.--=98.=
        The exclamation point.--=99.= The semicolon.--=100.=
        The colon.--=101.= The comma.--=102.= Parentheses
        and brackets.--=103.= The dash.--=104.= The
        apostrophe.--=105.= Quotation marks.--=106.=
        Italics.--=107.= The hyphen.--=108.= Capitals.--
        =109.= List of common abbreviations                   247



  EXERCISES                                                 PAGES

  1-3. Distinguishing and constructing phrases, clauses,
        and sentences                                        5, 6

  4-13. Distinguishing and constructing simple, complex,
        and compound sentences                               7-13

  14, 15. Variety in the form and length of sentences      15, 16

  16. Distinguishing the periodic sentence                     19

  17-21. Constructing the periodic sentence                 19-21

  22-24. Distinguishing and correcting the "comma"
        sentence                                           22, 23

  25. Correcting sentences that are without unity              24

  26, 27. Reconstructing formless sentences                 26-28


  28. Noting the force of topic sentences                      33

  29. Supplying topic sentences                                34

  30. Writing short paragraphs from topic sentences            35

  31. Noting when and why paragraphs lack unity                36

  32. Making notes for paragraphs suggested by topic
        sentences                                              40

  33. Correcting bad division into paragraphs                  41

  34. Making notes for paragraphs suggested by summary
        sentences                                              43

  35. Making summary sentences for paragraphs indicated
        by notes                                               44

  36-38. Use of quotation marks                             46-48


  39-45. Increasing the vocabulary                         51, 52

  46-52. Synonyms                                           53-57

  53. Distinguishing between similar words                     59

  54-60. Metaphors and similes                              60-62

  61-62. Slang                                                 64

  63-66. Errors in the forms of words                       65-67


  67. Condensing paragraphs                                    70

  68-69. Condensing longer passages                         75-77

  70. Expanding short and suggestive statements                79

  71. Expanding for the sake of clearness                      80

  72-73. Paraphrasing short passages                        82-84

  74. Paraphrasing complete poems                              87


  75-76. Preparing outlines                               96, 101



  77. Imaginary diaries                                       109


  78. Friendly letters                                        118

  79. Letters of social intercourse                           121

  80. Formal invitations                                      123

  81. Telegrams                                               124

  82-84. Business letters                           126, 128, 129

  85-87. Notices                                         131, 132

  88. Appeals                                                 134

  89. Petitions                                               135

  90-91. Advertisements                                  135, 136


  92. Fables                                                  138

  93. Autobiographical sketches                               141

  94-96. Biographical sketches                           142, 143

  97. Historical sketches                                     150

  98. Reporting facts                                         152

  99. Fables told by conversation                             153

  100-101. Imaginary conversations                       153, 154


  102. Practice in accurate observation                       157

  103-104. General scientific description                     162

  105-107. Specific scientific description               163, 164

  108-109. Literary description                          168, 169

  110-111. Description of people and animals             170, 171

  112. Longer descriptions                                    173

  113, 114. Description of conditions                    175, 176

  115. Description by contrast                                177

  116. Description of events                                  179

  117, 118. Picture making of scenes of action           180, 181

  119. Sketches of travel                                     185

  120. Descriptions of an hour                                187


  121, 122. Historical stories                           190, 191

  123. Fictitious stories                                     193

  124. Completing stories, when the beginning is given        194

  125. Completing stories, when the ending is given           196

  126. Completing stories, when the plot is suggested         198


  127-129. Explanation of processes                      203, 204

  130-131. Explanation of games, sports, etc.                 206

  132. Explanation by comparison and example                  209

  133. Explanation (general)                                  211

  134. Explanation of proverbs and quotations                 212

  135. Explanations of national festivals                     213


  136. Statement and definition of subject                    216

  137. Pleas                                                  221

  138. Argument (general)                                     222

  139. Giving reasons for personal preference                 223


  140-141. Minutes, official letters, etc.               228, 230


  142. Arranging verse in stanza form                         240

  Completing rhymes                                           241

  143-144. Putting fables into verse                          243

  145. Writing letters, invitations, and stories in verse     245


  146. The semicolon                                          251

  147. The colon and the semicolon                            252

  148. The comma                                              257

  149. Punctuation of direct quotations                       260

  150. Punctuation of partial quotations                      262

  151. Punctuation of quotations within quotations            262

  152. Capital letters                                        265

  153. Review of punctuation                                  266




For several years you have written, from time to time, short
compositions. These have been letters, or stories, or descriptions,
or explanations of ideas you had in mind, or summaries of your
lessons in history or geography. You have now come to a point
in your education where it will be well for you to take up
_composition_ as a separate subject, studying it as you would
geography or history. Let us begin by asking ourselves what it is.
What is composition?

What geography and history are, it is easy to see. Geography is the
subject that has to do with the world as a place. We learn the names
that men have given to the parts of the world, large and small; and,
with regard to each country, what are its climate and the nature of
its soil, its products and manufactures, its cities, and mountains,
and rivers. History is the subject that has to do with the actions
of the inhabitants of the world. We learn what were the chief
nations that have existed or still exist, what were the important
events that took place in each nation, as time went on, and who were
the great men that shaped its destinies. Any one who knew about all
the main events in the life of all the great nations would be a
very learned person indeed; but you have already read or studied
some very important things in the history of Greece or Rome, or the
United States, and thus have a general idea of the history of one or
more of these nations.

Since the beginning of time men have been talking to one another,
and many thousand years ago they found a way of communicating with
one another by written signs or letters; and not so many hundred
years ago they discovered printing, which enables one person to
communicate with many people in different places at the same time.
All over the world, then, people are speaking words or writing
words, and other people are hearing or reading these words and
trying to understand the thoughts intended to be expressed by them.
We have various words to express combinations of spoken or written
words, such as _talk_ or _conversation_, _speech_, _oration_,
_address_, _lecture_, _sermon_, _letter_, _telegram_, _essay_,
_novel_, _poem_, and very many others.

Now, it is obvious that a person may wish to express his ideas and
yet not be successful in doing so. Words may be combined so as to
express thoughts well or to express them badly. _Composition is
the subject that has to do with the best expression of thought by

But how, then, does composition differ from grammar? Grammar is
really a part--a small part--of composition. Each language has
certain customs with regard to the forms which words have under
various circumstances, and to the order in which the parts of a
sentence are placed, as well as a system of names for different
kinds of words and sentences and parts of sentences. This body of
customs or rules we call grammar. But grammar takes into account
mainly the form of a sentence, and pays little or no attention to
its meaning. Composition, on the other hand, deals mainly with words
as expressions of thought.

In our study of composition, then, we are to learn how to combine
or group our words so as best to express our ideas. There are three
ways of gaining skill in composition:--

     1. By following a rule or theory.
     2. By practice.
     3. By imitation.

There are certain rules in composition which are based on the
experience of many writers and speakers. These you will learn as we
go on. These rules will not be of very much value to you, however,
unless you put them into _practice_. If you want to learn how to
swim, you can get the general idea from a friend or a teacher; but
that general idea will not enable you to swim. You must learn to
swim by swimming. In the same way, you must learn composition by
_composing_. Keep trying to express your ideas; let your teachers
and friends tell you how clearly they understand you, take their
criticism to heart, and _try again_.

The third way to learn composition is by imitation, and that is a
very good way indeed. When you think that some one else writes well,
try to write like him or her. Imitation is the greatest possible
help in learning how to do anything well.



=1. Phrases, Clauses, and Sentences.=--Composition means putting
together or combining or grouping. The things that we combine are
words. There are three simple ways in which, according to the
customs or grammar of our language, words are combined:--

     1. Into phrases.
     2. Into clauses.
     3. Into sentences.

A phrase is a group of words that does not contain a subject and a

EXAMPLES. On the way. In the morning. By the fire. Sailing over the

A clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a
predicate. A clause in which the words do not make complete sense is
called a dependent or subordinate clause.

EXAMPLES. If I could go. When the sun rose. While I was speaking.
Which I saw.

A sentence is a group of words containing at least one subject and
one predicate and making complete sense. A sentence is thus a single
clause or a group of clauses. In a group of clauses, a clause in
which the sense is complete is called an independent or principal

EXAMPLES. He started at once. If I could, I should start at once.
When the sun rose, the mist disappeared. While I was speaking, the
rain fell heavily.

Neither the phrase nor the dependent clause can be used by itself.
Each is only a part of a sentence. The first rule of English
composition is that we must group our words in sentences.

EXCEPTION. Exclamatory words, phrases, or clauses, such as, Fudge!
Silence in the ranks! If I could only go!

     =Exercise 1.=--Which are dependent clauses? phrases? sentences?
     Fill out the phrases and clauses so that they become sentences.

1. A little after noon. 2. I found the sea very calm. 3. If we had
kept on board. 4. We should have been all safe. 5. Taking off my
outer clothes. 6. When I came to the ship. 7. How to get on board.
8. I spied a small piece of rope. 9. By the help of that rope. 10.
That all the ship's provisions were dry. 11. When this was done.
12. Putting them together in the form of a raft. 13. I filled the
chests with provisions. 14. Toward the land. 15. My raft went very
well. 16. In the mouth of a little river. 17. On the right shore of
the creek. 18. I made a tent with the sail. 19. Near the sea. 20.
Protected from the heat of the sun.

     =Exercise 2.=--Divide the following passages into sentences.
     Supply the omitted capitals and the periods or question marks.

1. How late the chimney-swifts are abroad I cannot determine long
after I failed to detect any in the air I could hear them in my
chimney it was the same rustling sound I heard by day when I could
see them coming and going and I know that these birds were leaving
and returning when the night was very dark I think they can be
classed among the nocturnal species

2. Many years ago there was a cold rain-storm in June for comfort
a fire was built on the open hearth instead of in the air-tight
stove that stood before it all went well until the night was well
advanced suddenly a struggle was heard and suppressed cries after
a brief silence there was a shuffling of feet at the doorstep the
men went out with a lantern but no one was to be seen the windows
were then searched but there was nobody near them the matter was
discussed in whispers again and again the noises were heard at last
when everybody was roused to a high pitch of excitement the long
stovepipe heated by the flames upon the hearth parted at a joint and
out flew a sooty and bedraggled little owl no one was superstitious
then but suppose the owl had made its way back to the chimney and
by this way escaped would not every person present have had vague
uncanny feelings would not the house from that time have been haunted

     =Exercise 3.=--1. Write a short passage containing the phrases
     and clauses used in Exercise 1.

     2. Write a short passage containing the following phrases and

About noon--going toward my boat--on the sand--the print of a man's
naked foot--as if I had seen a ghost--up to a rising ground--to look
around--so frightened was I--behind me--every now and then--fancying
every stump to be a man.

=2. Simple, Complex, and Compound Sentences.=--According to the
custom or grammar of our language, we may group our words in
sentences in three ways. Sentences are, from the point of grammar,
of three kinds: simple, complex, and compound.

A simple sentence consists of a single clause.

EXAMPLES. The man fell. The birds sing most sweetly at morning and
at evening.

The subject or the predicate of a simple sentence, or both, may,
however, consist of several parts.

EXAMPLES. The man and the child fell. The man slipped and fell. The
man and the child slipped and fell.

A complex sentence contains one independent or principal clause and
one or more dependent or subordinate clauses.

EXAMPLES. It was nearly night when we heard the glad news. Before
help could reach the city, it had been captured by the enemy.

A compound sentence contains two or more independent or principal
clauses, either with or without dependent or subordinate clauses.

EXAMPLES. Every minute seemed a day; every hour was a year. Finally,
I dropped into an exhausted slumber, but I was awakened by the
sound of bells. The sun, which resembled a ball of fire, touched
the horizon and passed beneath it, and the darkness of the tropical
night came swiftly over us.

     =Exercise 4.=--Which sentences are simple? complex? compound?
     In the complex sentences, which clauses are dependent? In the
     compound sentences, separate the independent clauses from each
     other. Mention any dependent clauses which you find in the
     compound sentences.

1. It was now near the beginning of the month of June, and we had
twelve weeks of bad weather before us.

2. Our rocky home was greatly improved by a wide porch, which I
made along the whole front of our rooms and entrances.

3. The weeks of imprisonment passed so rapidly that no one found
time hanging heavy on his hands.

4. As the rainy season drew to a close, the weather for a while
became milder.

5. Thunder roared, lightning blazed, torrents rushed toward the sea,
which came in raging billows to meet them.

6. Nature resumed her smiling aspect of peaceful beauty; and soon
all traces of the ravages of floods and storms disappeared beneath
the luxuriant vegetation of the tropics.

7. The recent storms had stirred the ocean to its depths.

8. We crossed the river for a walk along the coast, and presently
Fritz observed on a small island something which was long and
rounded, resembling a boat bottom upward.

9. The island being steep and rocky, it was necessary to be careful;
but we found a good landing place on the farther side.

10. The boys hurried by the nearest way to the beach where lay the
great object, which proved to be a huge stranded whale.

11. Look at these glorious shells and coral branches!

12. Did you notice the extreme delicacy of the shells?

13. We were soon ready to return to the boat, but Ernest had a fancy
for remaining alone on the island till we came back.

14. The more oil we could obtain the better, for a great deal was
used in the large lantern which burnt day and night in the recesses
of the cave.

15. It was unpleasant work to cut up blubber.

     =Exercise 5.=--Expand the following simple sentences by
     substituting clauses for the italicized words or phrases.

     EXAMPLE. I consider him a _trustworthy_ man. I consider him a
     man who can be trusted.

1. The _early_ bird catches the worm. 2. We started _before
sunrise_. 3. The _faithful_ steward received a reward. 4. I do
not doubt _your prudence_. 5. They lived in a _rose-embowered_
cottage. 6. Santa Claus came at _candle-lighting_ time. 7. We pity
the _friendless_. 8. The prayer of a _righteous man_ availeth
much. 9. We should share the burdens of the _heavy-laden_. 10. She
carried a dainty _lace-trimmed_ handkerchief. 11. We lingered in the
_lilac-scented_ garden. 12. A _kind-hearted_ man delights in the
happiness of others. 13. The traveler wore a _fur-lined_ coat. 14.
I enjoy driving a _spirited_ horse. 15. A _solemn-looking_ servant
opened the door.

     =Exercise 6.=--Use single words in place of the italicized
     phrases and clauses in the following sentences.

1. We were stepping _toward the west_. 2. A shout of _joy_ rang
through the woods. 3. The song _of the bluebird_ sounds from the
elm. 4. Her wedding gown, _which was made of silk_, was very
expensive. 5. Words of kindness cheer _those who are unhappy_. 6. We
listened to his tales, _which were often repeated_. 7. His deeds _of
mercy_ made him beloved. 8. A look _of sadness_ clouded the face _of
the leader_. 9. The lawyer _who is able_ secures many clients. 10.
He visited the country, _which had recently been discovered_.

     =Exercise 7.=--Substitute, for the italicized words, phrases or
     clauses with the same meaning.

     EXAMPLE. _Contented_ people are happy (word). People _with
     contented minds_ are happy (phrase). People _who are contented_
     are happy (clause).

1. An _honest_ man is the noblest work of God. 2. A _friendly_ man
will have friends. 3. He is said to be a _good-natured_ man. 4.
A _beautiful_ child opened the garden-gate. 5. She wore a simple
_muslin_ frock. 6. The king wore his _golden_ crown. 7. He lived
a _noble_ life. 8. The garden is filled with _fragrant_ blossoms.
9. Old King Cole was a _merry_ old soul. 10. The queen made some
_delicious_ tarts. 11. He spoke _hastily_. 12. You have a very
_comfortable_ home. 13. He treated the boy _harshly_. 14. Take her
up _tenderly_. 15. Beware the fury of a _patient_ man.

     =Exercise 8.=--Combine each set of simple sentences into one
     complex sentence by changing one of them into a dependent clause.

1. The sun is in the west. Man ceases from labor. 2. The dew is
falling. You must not walk in the garden. 3. The clock struck
twelve. The door opened to admit Marley's ghost. 4. Mary has not
written to me. She has been gone a month. 5. The bee is very
industrious. It is always gathering honey. 6. I saw a little red
owl. It lives in a hollow tree. 7. We pitched our tents on the
shore. Then the sea winds blew. 8. We anchored in the bay. The water
was calm. 9. They lived in a village. It was many miles from a
railroad. 10. The poor suffered. The good man mourned.

     =Exercise 9.=--Combine the simple sentences, making compound

1. The wind blew freshly from the shore. The uneasy billows tossed
up and down. 2. Eustace sat under a tree. The children gathered
round him. 3. Cowards are cruel. The brave love mercy. 4. Charms
strike the sight. Merit wins the soul. 5. He invited his guests to
remain longer. They wished to start before the heat of the day. 6.
The heaven was above his head. The sand was beneath his feet. 7.
The water trickled among the rocks. A pleasant breeze rustled in
the dry branches. 8. The commander was badly wounded. His men were
scattered. 9. It was half-past eight in the evening. The conflict
had raged for an hour. 10. The heavens declare the glory of God. The
firmament showeth his handiwork.

     =Exercise 10.=--Combine the following statements into simple
     sentences. In each group express the idea of one statement by a
     modifying word or phrase.

     EXAMPLES. 1. She lay down. She was sorrowful. Sorrowfully she
     lay down. 2. She had no shoes. She had to go barefoot. Having no
     shoes, she had to go barefoot.

1. He looked back. He saw a cloud of dust. 2. He sprang to his
feet. He ran after the messenger. 3. He donned the white cockade.
He fought for the exiled prince. 4. We climbed the mountain. The
day was cool. 5. We started for home. The sun had set. 6. He lifted
his eyes. He looked toward heaven. He thanked God. 7. It was early
morning. He rowed across the lake. 8. He left early. He wished to
catch the train. 9. He was very studious. He won the scholarship.
10. I went for a ramble. I took little Annie with me. 11. John is a
blacksmith. He lives in the village. 12. He shoes horses. He does
it skillfully. 13. The bluebird sings. He tells us spring is here.
14. We feared to start. The night was stormy. 15. The watchman was
weary. He slept at his post.

     =Exercise 11.=--Combine the following statements by using
     _relative pronouns_.

     EXAMPLES. The flames lit the wreck. They shone on the dead. The
     flames _that_ lit the wreck shone on the dead.

1. We heard the roll of ponderous wheels. They roused us from our
slumbers. 2. Travelers are surprised at the beauty of the spot. They
occasionally come upon it by accident. 3. Our throats are choked
with the dust. It lies thick along the road. 4. He drank a cup of
cold water. This refreshed him. 5. Along came a flock of sheep.
They were being driven to market. 6. I went to live in a country
village. It was more than a hundred miles from home. 7. The water
gushed from a little spring. It sparkled in the sunshine. 8. The
villagers were kindly people. They welcomed strangers. 9. I watch
the sunrise stealing down the steeple. This stands opposite my
chamber window. 10. Up came a gallant youth. He wore a scarf of the
rainbow pattern crosswise on his breast. 11. He found under it a
slender little boy. The boy wailed bitterly. 12. The Puritan saw the
boy's frightened gaze. He endeavored to reassure him. 13. Here is a
little outcast. Providence hath put him in our hands. 14. A young
man was on his way to Morristown. He was a peddler by trade. 15. A
little canary bird sings sweetly. It hangs in its gilded cage at my

     =Exercise 12.=--Fill the blanks with conjunctions selected from
     the following list.

  and, also, likewise, moreover, besides, furthermore,
  but, yet, however, nevertheless,
  or, either, nor, neither,
  therefore, hence, then, accordingly.

1. They had been friends in youth, ---- whispering tongues can
poison truth. 2. The waves beside them danced, ---- they outdid the
sparkling waves in glee. 3. The sun sank to rest; ---- we lingered.
4. I came, I saw, ---- I conquered. 5. He wanted to live, ---- he
wanted to work. 6. The owl has a backbone; ---- it is a vertebrate.
7. Our forest life was rough; ---- dangers closed us round. 8.
Knowledge comes; ---- wisdom lingers. 9. 'Tis winter now, ----
spring will blossom soon. 10. We had guns; ---- we had an abundance
of ammunition. 11. I go, ---- I return. 12. All the rivers run into
the sea; ---- the sea is not full. 13. It is storming; ---- we
will not go. 14. He forgave his enemy; ---- he was merciful. 15.
He is not tired, ---- he is lazy. 16. The day proved clear; ----
we began our journey. 17. They had ---- locks to their doors ----
bars to their windows. 18. I assured him of my willingness; ---- he
hesitated. 19. He proved himself honest; ---- I trusted him. 20. The
storm raged; ---- we pushed on.

     =Exercise 13.=--Two ideas are sometimes stated as of equal
     importance (compound sentence), when one is really dependent
     upon the other (complex sentence).

     EXAMPLE. "I was on my way to school yesterday morning, and I met
     my cousin Raymond."

     To revise such a sentence as this, decide which clause contains
     the main idea, and make this the principal clause, putting the
     subordinate idea in a subordinate clause.

     _E.g._ "As I was on my way to school yesterday morning, I met my
     cousin Raymond."

     Reconstruct the following sentences, making them _complex_
     instead of _compound_:--

1. The sun was hot, and we rested in the shade.

2. We visited Stratford, and here Shakspere lived.

3. The poor man was bent with age, and he staggered under the heavy

4. The old woman lived in a little cottage, and it stood on the edge
of the woods.

5. I was walking along the country roads, and I saw some wild

6. The little boy carried a bundle, and it seemed very heavy.

7. The night was chilly, and we built a fire in the grate.

8. I wished to pass away the time, and I read a newspaper.

9. He was very ambitious, and he wished to become President.

10. She struck a match, and it burned with a feeble light.

=3. Variety in the Use of Sentences=:--All your sentences must be
simple, or complex, or compound; but there is no reason why you
should use one of the three kinds in preference to another. If you
examine a passage which you think interesting, you will be quite
likely to find that some sentences are simple, some complex, and
some compound. The variety is pleasing. If all the sentences had
been of one kind, the result would have been decidedly monotonous.

Pupils sometimes ask whether they should use long sentences or
short sentences. This question is really answered in the preceding
paragraph, for a simple sentence is usually shorter than a complex
or a compound sentence. The fact is that what we like is _variety_.
Until you are more experienced in composition, it will be well for
you, in general, to use comparatively short sentences,--that is,
sentences of not more than twenty-five or thirty words. You should
feel at liberty, however, to follow your own taste in such matters,
provided that your sentences are not regularly of about the same
length and about the same form, so that your writing is lacking in

Be particularly careful, moreover, to avoid the sentence which is so
long as not to be easily understood, such as the following:--

     I rose softly, slipped on my clothes, opened the door suddenly,
     and beheld one of the most beautiful little fairy groups that a
     painter could imagine, consisting of a boy and two girls, the
     eldest not more than six, and lovely as seraphs, who were going
     the rounds of the house, singing at every chamber door, until
     my sudden appearance frightened them into mute bashfulness, so
     that they remained for a moment playing on their lips with their
     fingers, and now and then stealing a shy glance from under their
     eyebrows, until, as if by one impulse, they scampered away, and
     as they turned an angle of the gallery, I heard them laughing in
     triumph at their escape.

See how much this passage is improved when the long sentence is
broken up into shorter sentences:--

     I rose softly, slipped on my clothes, opened the door suddenly,
     and beheld one of the most beautiful little fairy groups that
     a painter could imagine. It consisted of a boy and two girls,
     the eldest not more than six, and lovely as seraphs. They were
     going the rounds of the house, singing at every chamber door,
     but my sudden appearance frightened them into mute bashfulness.
     They remained for a moment playing on their lips with their
     fingers, and now and then stealing a shy glance from under their
     eyebrows, until, as if by one impulse, they scampered away, and
     as they turned an angle of the gallery, I heard them laughing in
     triumph at their escape.

     =Exercise 14.=--I. Improve the following passage by combining
     some of the sentences, making larger complex or compound

I explored an old cellar. I noticed a slight break in the wall.
The neck of a bottle projected from it. I drew it from its resting
place. It proved to be a quaint green glass bottle. It bore a label.
The label read "Currant Wine, 1802." I smacked my lips.

I handed the bottle to my companion to open. He pulled the cork out
with his teeth. We filled two tumblers. I thanked him. I raised the
glass to my lips. I took a deep draught. Instantly I bounded to my
feet. My bound would have done credit to an athlete. I made for the

"Seems to me," remarked the old tenant of the house,--"seems to me
that was horse liniment. I know the smell."

     II. Improve the following passage by using a greater number of

Once upon a time there were two princes who were twins and they
lived in the pleasant vale of Argos, far away in Hellas, where they
had fruitful meadows and vineyards, sheep and oxen, and great herds
of horses and all that men could need to make them blest, and yet
they were wretched, because they were jealous of each other, and
from the moment they were born began to quarrel.

     =Exercise 15.=--Improve the following by varying the length of
     your sentences, making some long and some short:--

A sleep fell upon the whole castle. The beautiful princess slept in
her chamber. The king and the queen were in the great hall. They
fell fast asleep. The horses slept in their stalls. The dogs slept
in the yard. The pigeons slept on the roof. The very fire on the
hearth slept like the rest. The meat on the spit ceased roasting.
The wind ceased. Not a leaf fell from the trees about the castle.

Around about that place grew a hedge of thorns. At last the whole
castle was hidden from view. Nothing could be seen but the vane on
the roof.

Years after a king's son came into that country. He heard about the
enchanted castle. He came near the hedge of thorns. It changed into
a hedge of beautiful flowers. He passed through into the castle
yard. He saw the horses and the hunting dogs lying asleep. On the
roof, the pigeons were sitting with their heads under their wings.
He entered the kitchen. The flies on the wall were asleep. The cook
had her hand uplifted to strike the scullion. The kitchen maid had a
fowl in her lap ready to pluck.

He mounted higher. He saw the whole court asleep. The king and the
queen were asleep on their thrones. At last he came to the tower. He
went up the winding stair. He opened the door. He entered the room
of the princess.

He stooped and kissed the princess. She opened her eyes and looked
kindly at him. She rose. They went forth together. Then the king
and queen and whole court waked up. The horses rose and shook
themselves. The hounds sprang up and wagged their tails. The pigeons
flew into the field. The kitchen fire leaped up and cooked the meat.
The cook gave the scullion a box on the ear. He roared out. The maid
went on plucking the fowl.

The wedding of the prince and princess was celebrated with great
splendor. They lived happily ever after.

=4. Periodic Sentences.=--We have now discussed sentences with
regard to their grammatical structure and with regard to their
length. There is one more way in which they may be looked at; that
is, the degree to which the sense is suspended. This will require a
little explanation.

In each of the following sentences two vertical lines are placed at
the spot where the words first make complete sense.

1. Whenever he comes, he is warmly welcomed.||

2. He is warmly welcomed|| whenever he comes.

3. When Absalom died, David mourned.||

4. David mourned|| when Absalom died.

5. As the President passed, the soldiers saluted.||

6. The soldiers saluted|| as the President passed.

7. While there is life, there is hope.||

8. The sun shines|| on the just and the unjust.

9. The steam tug had long since let slip her hawsers,|| and gone
panting away with a derisive scream.

10. The ship seemed quite proud|| of being left to take care of
itself, and, with its huge white sails bulged out, strutted off like
a vain turkey.

When the words in a sentence are so arranged that the sense is
not immediately complete, the sense is said to be _suspended_. A
sentence in which the sense is suspended until the end, or near the
end, is called a _periodic_ sentence. A sentence in which the sense
is not suspended until the end, or near the end, is called a _loose_

A periodic sentence, unless it is long and clumsy, often stimulates
the attention. You cannot understand it at all until you get near
the close, and this very fact keeps your interest alive and leads
your mind on.

In the following passage the sentences are periodic:--

     In the midst of a garden grew a rosebush covered with roses.
     In one of them, the most beautiful of all, there dwelt an elf.
     So tiny was he that no human eye could see him. Behind every
     leaf in the rose he had a bedroom. Oh, what a fragrance there
     was in his rooms! The walls, which were made of the pale pink
     rose leaves, were very clear and bright. Flying from flower to
     flower, dancing on the wings of the butterflies, rejoicing in
     the warm sunshine, he led a peaceful and happy life.

Here is the same paragraph, so written that none of the sentences is
periodic. Does not the paragraph seem a little flat?

     A rosebush covered with roses grew in the midst of a garden. An
     elf dwelt in one of them, the most beautiful of all. No human
     eye could see him, he was so tiny. He had a bedroom behind every
     leaf in the rose. Oh, there was a great fragrance in his rooms!
     The walls were very clear and bright, and were made of the pale
     pink rose leaves. He led a peaceful and happy life, flying from
     flower to flower, dancing on the wings of the butterflies and
     rejoicing in the warm sunshine.

The point here, as in the other similar matters we have discussed,
is that the mind likes variety in expression. You need not worry
yourself by thinking much about the form of your sentences; but you
should, if possible, get into the habit of varying them from time
to time. Let them be sometimes short and sometimes long; sometimes
simple, and sometimes complex or compound. And above all, when you
are revising what you have written, try to make sure that in some
cases the sense is sufficiently suspended to make your sentences

     =Exercise 16.=--In the passage quoted on page 00, mark the place
     where the sense is complete in each simple or complex sentence.
     In compound sentences mark the place in each independent clause.

     =Exercise 17.=--Construct periodic sentences by placing phrases
     before the following statements.

     EXAMPLE. We idly floated. In among the lily pads we idly floated.

1. The child slept. 2. They eagerly searched. 3. The prisoner
escaped. 4. We explored the creek. 5. The boys laughed. 6. The
people rejoiced. 7. We despaired. 8. The girl fainted. 9. He
blithely sang. 10. She succeeded. 11. He failed. 12. He received his
diploma. 13. The soldiers retreated. 14. Mary turned.

     =Exercise 18.=--Construct periodic sentences by placing
     dependent clauses before the following statements.

     EXAMPLE. They immediately started. When they heard the
     signal-gun, they immediately started.

1. They landed. 2. I am happy. 3. We watched. 4. The coward fled. 5.
The raven croaked. 6. The flag will float. 7. The child died. 8. The
poor suffered. 9. Our president died. 10. The slaves were free. 11.
We quietly left. 12. They fled. 13. She returned. 14. We received
the message. 15. He encouraged us.

     =Exercise 19.=--Construct periodic sentences by filling the
     blanks in the following with phrases or clauses.

1. ---- the village smithy stands. 2. ---- he runs. 3. ---- lay
the little village. 4. ---- to grandmother's house we go. 5. The
moonlight ---- flooded the room. 6. ---- there was a honeysuckle
arbor. 7. ---- he reached home. 8. ---- yet I trust him. 9. ---- I
will help you. 10. ---- Washington ---- took command. 11. ---- rode
the six hundred. 12. ---- a youth ---- passed by. 13. A traveler
---- was found. 14. ---- he still grasped a banner. 15. The prisoner
---- made a confession.

     =Exercise 20.=--Construct periodic sentences by filling in the
     blanks with phrases or clauses.

1. Far away in the forest ----. 2. Out in the country ----. 3.
A city that is set on a hill ----. 4. With a look of delighted
surprise ----. 5. This young lad, hard as the world had knocked him
about, ----. 6. Yet, through all his fun, ----. 7. Though they spake
little ----. 8. Without any discussion, ----. 9. Looking about her
uneasily, ----. 10. Late that night, as I sat up pondering over all
that had happened, ----.

     =Exercise 21.=--Rewrite the following sentences, making them

1. The night wind swept by with a desolate moan. 2. The old shutters
swung to and fro, screaming upon their hinges. 3. The village
preacher's modest mansion rose near yonder copse, where once the
garden smiled. 4. The noble six hundred rode into the jaws of death.
5. A sound came from the land between the fitful gusts of wind. 6.
The silvery rain comes aslant like a long line of spears brightly
burnished. 7. The snow arrives, announced by all the trumpets of
the sky. 8. Great burdocks grew from the wall down to the water, so
high that little children could stand upright under the loftiest of
them. 9. The loveliest children ran about on the roads, playing with
the gay butterflies. 10. The clear sun shone warm on the first day
of spring in a little court yard. 11. An old castle looms over the
narrow road. 12. The ivy grows thickly over the crumbling red walls,
leaf by leaf, up to the balcony, and a beautiful girl stands there.
13. She glances up the road as she bends over the balustrade. 14.
The lighthouse of Inverkaldy stood on a little rocky island, quite
a distance from the mainland. 15. He rowed across the water with a
cheerful heart.

=5. Bad Sentences.=--Good sentences, then, are sentences that have
some variety in form and in length, and, in particular, that are
frequently periodic. You will soon learn to give to your writing the
little touch of grace or beauty that comes in this way.

But what are _bad_ sentences? What sorts of sentences should you try
not to make? There are really only three kinds of sentences which
are positively bad. The first is the "comma sentence."

=6. The "Comma Sentence."=--This name is sometimes given to
sentences in which two or more independent clauses, not connected
by conjunctions, are separated only by commas. You should guard
carefully against this fault. If two independent clauses be placed
in a single sentence, they should be connected by a conjunction or
separated by a semicolon.

When independent clauses in the same sentence are connected by a
conjunction, it is proper to use either a semicolon or comma. When
they are not connected by a conjunction, only the semicolon can be

  EXAMPLES. 1. It was late, and the moon shone brightly.
  2. It was late; and the moon shone brightly.
  3. It was late; the moon shone brightly.
  4. It was late, the moon shone brightly. [Wrong.]

     _Note for the Teacher._--Occasionally, in a compound sentence,
     particularly when it consists of three or more short statements,
     commas are used instead of semicolons. But it seems best to
     encourage pupils to use the semicolon invariably. Insistence on
     this practice will greatly strengthen the pupil's grasp of the
     sentence and its structure.

     =Exercise 22.=--Correct the following sentences:--

1. Everything has its time to flourish, everything passes away. 2.
It was late at night, the moon shone through the windows. 3. We are
in a rich, a happy house, all are cheerful and full of joy, 4. The
door opened and the maid came in, they all stood still, not one
stirred. 5. I was right, we were not of the smallest importance
to her. 6. I'm glad they are gone, now we can be comfortable. 7.
The frost had broken up, a soft plentiful rain had melted the
snowdrifts. 8. The window was a grand advantage, out of it one could
crawl on to the roof, and from the roof was the finest view in all
Nortonbury. 9. It was one of my seasons of excessive pain, I found
it difficult to think of anything but pain. 10. The stream lay so
low as to be invisible from where we sat, you could only trace the
line of its course by the small white sails.

     =Exercise 23.=--Insert capitals and periods.

1. I left Salem House upon the morrow afternoon, I little thought
then that I left it, never to return, we traveled very slowly all
night, and did not get into Yarmouth before nine or ten o'clock in
the morning, I looked out for Mr. Barkis, but he was not there; and
instead of him a fat, merry-looking little old man in black, with
rusty little bunches of ribbons at the knees of his breeches, came
puffing up to the coach window, and said, "Master Copperfield?"

2. The conflict had raged for an hour, it grew more furious, from
deck to deck the combatants rushed madly, fighting like demons, the
_Richard_ and her crew suffered terribly, yet they fought on, she
had been pierced by several eighteen-pound balls below water, she
leaked badly, but she would not surrender.

     =Exercise 24.=--Construct ten compound sentences in which
     no connectives are used, and the clauses are separated by

=7. Sentences without Unity.=--We put into a sentence thoughts
that belong together. Indeed, a good sentence is a group of words
representing thoughts that have a close relationship in the
speaker's or writer's mind. A sentence thus constructed is said to
have _unity_; that is, "one-ness." A sentence in which the words
represent facts or thoughts that do not have such a relationship is
said to lack unity.

EXAMPLES. 1. The owl, which is a nocturnal bird, has round, staring
eyes, and superstitious people dislike to hear it hoot. [Two
thoughts not closely related.]

2. Columbus was assisted by Queen Isabella of Spain, and sailing
across the Atlantic Ocean with a fleet of three vessels, he
discovered a new world. [Two thoughts not closely related.]

3. Columbus was assisted by Queen Isabella, who pawned her jewels
and used the money thus procured in fitting out for him a fleet of
three vessels. [Thoughts closely related.]

4. William Penn settled Pennsylvania and made a treaty with the
Indians under a large elm, which is one of the most graceful of our
trees. [Thoughts not closely related.]

5. William Penn, who was himself a Quaker, founded Pennsylvania as
a place of refuge for the persecuted Quakers. [Thoughts closely

     =Exercise 25.=--Rewrite the following sentences:--

1. The wild strawberry has a delicious flavor, and we enjoy picking
the berries, which belong to the rose family. 2. Mary has a new
beaver muff which her father bought for her in Montreal, the largest
city in Canada. 3. Sir Walter Raleigh was a favorite of Queen
Elizabeth, called the Virgin Queen, and he introduced tobacco into
England. 4. We visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where we saw
the picture called "The Horse Fair," and met Mary, who is certainly
the most discontented girl I know. 5. Once, a long time ago, in a
little cottage beside a dark wood, lived a naughty little boy, and
his mother told him repeatedly that the old witch that lived in the
wood would get him.

=8. The Formless Sentence.=--There is still one other sort of
sentence to be avoided; that is the ugly, shapeless sentence that
results from placing together a number of complete statements
loosely connected by _and_, _but_, or _so_. Sometimes this is
called the _and_ sentence or the _so_ sentence, because these two
connectives are so frequently used by inexperienced writers. Let us
call it the _formless_ sentence, meaning thereby a sentence which
is deficient in form, or the form of which is ugly or distasteful
to the trained eye and ear. You will have to acquire your sense or
taste for form in sentences by practice and experience; but you
will be helped by studying the sentences given below. Those in the
left-hand column are well-written; those in the right-hand column
are _formless_.

  1. At half-past nine we          1. At half-past nine we
  reached Charles's house, and     reached Charles's house and
  until half-past ten we were      until half-past ten we were
  busy thinking what to do.        busy thinking what to do,
  Finally, some one suggested      until some one suggested a
  a climb up the Palisades, and    climb up the Palisades, and
  we started off at eleven.        so we started off at eleven.

  2. As it was getting very        2. It was getting very
  cloudy, we put on some of        cloudy, so we put on some of
  Charles's old clothes.           Charles's old clothes.

  3. When I returned, it           3. When I returned, it
  had stopped raining, and the     had stopped raining, and the
  boys were receiving a lecture    boys were receiving a lecture
  from the farmer's wife. She      from the farmer's wife,
  told us that we had no right     who told us that we had no
  on her property, and a few       right on her property, and
  other things we didn't pay       a few other things we didn't
  much attention to. But           pay much attention to, but
  when she said that her husband   one thing she told us was
  was a magistrate, and            that her husband was a magistrate,
  that she could have us locked    and that she could
  up, we got away as quickly       have us locked up, and so we
  as we could.                     got away from there as
                                   quickly as we could.

  4. I had been traveling          4. I had been traveling
  all day through the              all day through the snow
  snow with one companion,         with one companion, who
  who had now gone off to          had now gone off to what
  what our compasses told us       our compasses told us was
  was the south, in search of      the south, in search of wood,
  wood. I was hungry and           and I was thoroughly hungry
  thoroughly tired. More than      and tired, for more than
  once during the day I            once during the day I had
  had stepped on what seemed       stepped on what seemed to be
  to be firmly packed snow,        firmly packed snow, only to
  only to sink to my waist in      sink to my waist in a soft
  a soft drift, and it was always  drift, and it was always with
  with difficulty that             difficulty that I had got out.
  I had got out.

You will see, then, that there is certain "knack" which you must
acquire of giving a sentence a pleasing form. With a little
patience, you will soon learn it, and you will gain it all the more
easily by remembering that the ugly formless sentence, which you are
to avoid, is simply a _long loose_ sentence (see § 4).

     =Exercise 26.=--Reconstruct the following sentences:--

1. There once reigned a queen, and in her garden were found the
most glorious flowers of all seasons and from all lands, but she
loved best the roses, and so she had the most various kinds of this
flower, and they grew against the earth walls, and wound themselves
round pillars and window frames, and all along the ceiling in all
the halls, and the roses were various in fragrance, form, and color.

2. Many years ago there lived an emperor, and he cared enormously
for new clothes, and he wanted to be very fine, so he spent all his
money for clothes, and he did not care about his soldiers, but only
liked to drive out and show his new clothes, and he had a coat for
every hour of the day, and just as they say of a king, "He is in
council," they said of him, "The emperor is in his wardrobe."

3. Napoleon's marshals came to him once in the midst of a battle and
said, "We have lost the day and are being cut to pieces," but the
great soldier drew out his watch, unmoved, and said, "It is only two
o'clock in the afternoon, and though you have lost the battle you
have time to win another," so they charged again and won a victory,
and we should enter our battle-fields of difficulty with the same
unconquerable spirit.

4. The highest courage is sustained courage, for the power of
continuance adds to all other powers, and to face danger, appreciate
the full demand and meet it to the end, is the height of brave
living, for most young hearts can respond to a sudden demand for
courage, but the long stretch finds them lacking.

5. A New York woman called on Emerson one morning and found the
philosopher reading in his study, while near him on a plate there
lay a little heap of cherry stones, and the visitor slipped one of
these stones into her glove. Some months later she met Emerson again
at a reception in Boston and recalled her visit to him and then she
pointed to the brooch she wore, a brooch of gold and brilliants with
the cherry stone set in the center and she said, "I took this stone
from the plate at your elbow on the morning of my call," and Emerson
replied, "Ah, I'll tell my amanuensis of that and he will be so
pleased, for he loves cherries, but I never touch them myself."

6. John was a boy who wanted to be a ventriloquist, and one day he
visited an old engineer in a factory and after a little conversation
he imitated the squeak of badly oiled machinery, and the old
engineer trotted to a certain valve and oiled it, so John let a few
minutes pass and then emitted another series of squeaks and the
engineer again oiled his machinery, and the third time John squeaked
the engineer saw through the joke and, walking up quietly behind
John, squirted a half-pint of oil down the back of his neck, saying,
"There! There'll be no more squeaking to-day."

=Exercise 27.=--Reconstruct the following sentences, putting the
underlined phrases in their proper places.

1. The musician was playing a sonata _with long hair_.

2. I saw at once that he was a villain _with half an eye_.

3. A woman desires a home for her _dog going abroad for the summer_.

4. The kind old gentleman lifted the trembling child _with a
gold-headed cane_.

5. A wreath was made by a little girl of _roses_.

6. The house was painted brown _with the tall flag-pole_.

7. We saw a magnificent cedar tree _entering the woods_.

8. We found some golden-rod _walking along the dusty road_.

9. We saw the lakes _climbing a tree_.

10. The old lady gave alms to a young beggar _with the white hair_.



=9. The Use of the Paragraph.=--Composition is the combining or
grouping of words. We group our words in sentences. We also group
our sentences in paragraphs.

A _paragraph_ is a group of sentences which together express an
important thought. In a way, of course, every sentence expresses a
thought--a small thought, so to speak. But experience has shown that
the educated mind can best understand written language if it can
take in several of these smaller thoughts, in as many sentences, in
rapid succession, provided only that these smaller thoughts, when
taken together, make up a larger thought. A paragraph is, then,
the expression of a large or important thought, made up of several
smaller or less important thoughts, expressed in sentences.

     _Note._--Sometimes, but not often, a single sentence represents
     such an important thought that it can best stand by itself.

A paragraph is indicated to the eye by the fact that the beginning
of the first sentence is placed a little way to the right of the
left-hand margin; in other words, it is _indented_. On the printed
page, a paragraph is indented only the space which would be occupied
by two or three letters. In a written composition the paragraph is
indented about an inch.

Another fact that makes it easy for the eye to recognize a paragraph
is that it frequently does not close with the end of a line.

When, therefore, you look at a piece of printed or written
composition, you see at once that you are to receive a certain
number of thoughts or ideas, each of which is placed in a section
or paragraph by itself. In listening to an address or oration you
notice the separation between the thoughts by the fact that the
speaker usually makes a pause of several seconds to indicate that he
has finished the expression of one thought and is now ready to pass
on to another.

     _Note._--In writing a long conversation, it is usually customary
     to make each speech of each person a paragraph by itself, even
     if it consists of only a few words. This is because it is of the
     utmost importance, in reading an account of a conversation, to
     know just who is speaking.

=10. The Beginning.=--We group our sentences. But how shall we
begin? What sentences shall come first? Usually we shall express
our thoughts most clearly if we begin with a sentence that shows in
brief what the whole paragraph is about. This is sometimes called
the _topic sentence_, because it is the sentence that states the
topic or central idea of the paragraph.

EXAMPLES. 1. To the simple-hearted folk who dwelt in that island
three thousand years ago, there was never a sweeter spot than
sea-girt Ithaca. Rocky and rugged though it may have seemed, yet
it was indeed a smiling land embosomed in the laughing sea. There
the air was always mild and pure, and balmy with the breath of
blossoms; the sun looked kindly down from a cloudless sky, and the
storms seldom broke the quiet ripple of the waters which bathed the
shores of that island home. On every side but one, the land rose
straight up out of the deep sea to meet the feet of craggy hills and
mountains crowned with woods. Between the heights were many narrow
dells green with orchards, while the gentler slopes were covered
with vineyards, and the steeps above them gave pasturage to flocks
of long-wooled sheep and mountain-climbing goats.--JAMES BALDWIN: _A
Story of the Golden Age_.

     [Here the first sentence shows that the paragraph is to be about
     the beauty of the island.]

2. Upon the ridge above our tent was a third tiny clearing, where
some trappers had once made their winter camp. It was there that I
watched the rabbits one moonlight night from my seat on an old log,
just within the shadow at the edge of the opening. The first arrival
came in with a rush. There was a sudden scurry behind me, and over
the log he came with a flying leap that landed him on the smooth
bit of ground in the middle, where he whirled around and around
with grotesque jumps, like a kitten after its tail. Only Br'er
Rabbit's tail was too short for him ever to catch it; he seemed
rather to be trying to get a good look at it. Then he went off
helter-skelter in a headlong rush through the ferns. Before I knew
what had become of him, over the log he came again in a marvelous
jump, and went tearing around the clearing like a circus horse,
varying his performance now by a high leap, now by two or three
awkward hops on his hind legs, like a dancing bear. It was immensely
entertaining.--WILLIAM J. LONG: _Ways of Wood Folk_.

     [Here the first two sentences show that the paragraph is to be
     about watching rabbits in a clearing by moonlight.]

3. Soon after he was raised to the dignity of postmaster another
piece of good fortune came in his way. Sangamon County covered a
territory some forty miles long by fifty wide, and almost every
citizen in it seemed intent on buying or selling land, laying out
new roads, or locating some future city. John Calhoun, the county
surveyor, therefore, found himself with far more work than he could
personally attend to, and had to appoint deputies to assist him.
Learning the high esteem in which Lincoln was held by the people
of New Salem, he wisely concluded to make him a deputy, although
they differed in politics. It was a flattering offer, and Lincoln
accepted gladly. Of course he knew almost nothing about surveying,
but he got a compass and chain, and, as he tells us, "studied Flint
and Gibson a little, and went at it." The surveyor, who was a man of
talent and education, not only gave Lincoln the appointment, but,
it is said, lent him the book in which to study the art. Lincoln
carried the book to his friend Graham, and "went at it" to such
purpose that in six weeks he was ready to begin the practice of
his new profession. Like Washington, who, it will be remembered,
followed the same calling in his youth, he became an excellent
surveyor.--HELEN NICOLAY: _The Boys' Life of Abraham Lincoln_.

     [Here the first sentence shows that the paragraph is to be about
     a new piece of good fortune in Lincoln's life.]

When you are writing a composition in a single paragraph, you
will find the topic sentence very useful. In no other way can you
so quickly give the reader a notion of what to expect. But it
is not necessary always to begin with a topic sentence. What is
important is that you begin with a hint that will turn the reader's
thoughts in the right direction. Look at the beginnings of several
paragraphs in your reader, and you will see how the hint is given.

     =Exercise 28.=--What do the opening sentences in the following
     paragraphs show?

1. One cold morning early in December, 1800, a party of tourists
was crossing the Alps,--a pretty large party, too, for there were
several thousands of them. Some were riding, some walking, and most
of them had knapsacks on their shoulders like many Alpine tourists
nowadays. But instead of walking sticks, they carried muskets with
bayonets, and dragged along with them some fifty or sixty cannons.

2. There was one among them who seemed quite to enjoy the rough
marching and tramping along through the deep snow and cold gray
mist. This was a little drummer boy ten years old, whose fresh, rosy
face looked very bright and pretty among the grim, scarred visages
of the old soldiers. When the cutting wind hurled a shower of snow
in his face, he dashed it away with a cheery laugh, and awoke all
the echoes with a lively rattle on his drum, till it seemed as if
the huge black rocks around were all singing in chorus.

3. Ezekiel made the first plea. His argument was a strong one
against all wild and destructive animals in general, and against
this woodchuck in particular. He called attention to the damage
which had been done already to the growing vegetables, and to the
further mischief which might be done if the animal were set free.

4. Between two cliffs lay a deep ravine, with a full stream rolling
heavily through it over bowlders and rough ground. It was high and
steep, and one side was bare, save at the foot, where clustered a
thick, fresh wood, so close to the stream that the mist from the
water lay upon the foliage in spring and autumn. The trees stood
looking upwards and forwards, unable to move either way.

     =Exercise 29.=--Supply topic sentences for the following

1. He [George Washington] was very tall, powerfully made, with a
strong, handsome face. He was remarkably muscular and powerful. As a
boy, he was a leader in all outdoor sports. No one could fling the
bar farther than he, and no one could ride more difficult horses.

2. It [the old-fashioned school] is a large, dingy room, with a
sanded floor, and is lighted by windows that turn on hinges, and
have little diamond-shaped panes of glass. The scholars sit on long
benches, with desks before them. At one end of the room is a great
fireplace, so spacious that there is room enough for three or four
boys to stand in each of the chimney corners.

3. The hall [of the Imperial library] is two hundred and forty-five
feet long, with a magnificent dome in the center. The walls are of
variegated marble, richly ornamented with gold, and the ceiling
and dome are covered with brilliant fresco paintings. The library
numbers three hundred thousand volumes and sixteen thousand
manuscripts, which are kept in walnut cases, adorned with medallions.

4. [The Country Boy's Vacation.] When school keeps he has only to
"do chores and go to school," but between terms there are a thousand
things on the farm that have been left for the boys to do. Picking
up stones in the pastures and piling them in heaps used to be one of

5. [Recess in a Country School.] He is like a deer; he can nearly
fly; and he throws himself into play with entire self-forgetfulness,
and an energy that would overturn the world if his strength were
proportioned to it. For ten minutes the world is absolutely his;
the weights are taken off, restraints are loosed, and he is his own

     =Exercise 30.=--Write short paragraphs to complete three of the
     following topic sentences:--

1. From the summit of the hill they saw the sun set.

2. When the flames were out, we saw how great the damage was.

3. In a moment, the storm was upon them.

4. At ten years old, I was taken to help my father in his business.

5. It was a beautiful little craft.

6. There stood Lincoln, a remarkable figure.

7. It was market day.

8. Close by the roadside stands a little schoolhouse.

9. In the year 1776 a remarkable event occurred.

10. His attention was arrested by a dove, pursued by a kingbird.

=11. Unity in the Paragraph.=--In your study of the sentence, you
learned that every good sentence must have _unity_; that is, that
the thoughts included in a sentence must be very closely associated.
You are now to learn that every good paragraph must likewise have
_unity_. A paragraph, whether it be long or short, has _unity_ when
it treats of but a single topic. The _topic sentence_ will be a
great help to you in giving your paragraphs _unity_. You will not be
so apt to jumble into one paragraph material that should be placed
in two or three, if you will, before you begin to write, decide upon
the subject of your paragraph and make a topic sentence for it. You
can test the unity of your paragraph by asking with respect to each
sentence that you construct, "Does it relate to the subject of my

     =Exercise 31.=--The following paragraphs lack _unity_. How many
     topics are treated in each?

1. In the German land of Würtemberg lies the little town of Marbach.
Although this place can be ranked only among the smaller towns, it
is charmingly situated on the Neckar stream, that flows on and on,
hurrying past villages and old castles to pour its waters into the
proud Rhine. It was late in autumn. The leaves still clung to the
grapevine, but they were already tinged with red. Rainy gusts swept
over the country, and the cold autumn winds increased in violence.

2. Cecelia's home was an old family mansion situated in the midst
of a pleasant farm. This was inclosed by willow hedges and a broad
and gently murmuring river; nearer the house were groves with rocky
knolls and breezy bowers of beech. Cecelia's bosom friend at school
was Alice Archer; and after they left school, the love between them
rather increased than diminished.

3. Alice Archer was a delicate girl with a pale transparent
complexion and large gray eyes that seemed to see visions. Her
figure was slight, almost fragile; her hands white and slender.
The old house in which she lived with her mother, with four sickly
Lombardy poplars in front, suggested gloomy and mournful thoughts.
It was one of those places that depress you as you enter. One other
inmate the house had, and only one. This was Sally Manchester, the
cook. She was an extraordinary woman of large frame and masculine
features,--one of those who are born to work. A treasure she was to
this family.

4. Far out in the sea the water is as blue as the petals of the
most beautiful corn-flowers, and as clear as the purest glass. But
it is very deep, deeper than any cable will sound; and down there
live the sea people. The Sea King had been a widower for many years.
His old mother kept house for him and his daughters, the little sea

5. Shylock, the Jew, lived at Venice. He was a usurer, who had
amassed an immense fortune by lending money at great interest to
Christian merchants. Being a hard-hearted man, he was much disliked
by all good men. Antonio was the kindest man that lived, the best
loved, and had the most unwearied spirit in doing courtesies. He was
greatly beloved by all his fellow-citizens; but the friend who was
nearest to his heart was Bassanio, a noble young Venetian. One day,
Bassanio came to Antonio and told him that he wished to repair his
fortune by a wealthy marriage with a lady whom he dearly loved.

=12. The Body of the Paragraph.=--We are to begin with a topic
sentence, or with a sentence that gives some hint of what is to
follow. And what next? Next comes the body of the paragraph, the
real paragraph, the idea we had in mind to express.

The best plan to follow in the making of your paragraph is this:--

1. Write brief notes of your material on the topic you have in mind,
and make sure that it all bears directly on the topic.

2. Arrange these notes in the order that would be most natural and
intelligible to the reader.

3. Find a good topic sentence.

4. Write the paragraph according to the plan arranged.

EXAMPLE I. Subject of paragraph: The Long-spurred Columbine.

_A._ Material: 1. Native of the Rocky Mountains. 2. Blooms
abundantly. 3. Grows on shady slopes. 4. Color--blue, white,
occasionally pink, never red. 5. Sepals--ovate with slender spurs,
spreading; double length of the petals with which they alternate.
6. Petals--round and lighter in color than sepals. 7. Size--three
inches broad. 8. Beauty--so great that it has been introduced into

[In this example, the material has fallen of its own accord into a
good order: general statements, 1, 2, 3; color, 4; form, 5, 6; size,
7; beauty, 8. In this case, therefore, it will not be necessary to
rearrange the material.]

_B._ Topic sentence: The long-spurred columbine is an exquisite

_C._ Whole paragraph: The long-spurred columbine is an exquisite
flower. It is a native of the Rocky Mountains, where it blooms
abundantly on shady slopes. It often wears a blue gown; it also
wears white and occasionally pink, but never red. The ovate sepals,
with their slender spurs, are spreading, and double the length of
the round, lighter-colored petals with which they alternate. In size
it is quite three inches across. It is so beautiful that it has been
introduced into many gardens.

EXAMPLE II. Subject of paragraph: Emigration to California in 1849.

_A._ Material: 1. In '49, "gold fever" reaches Eastern states. 2.
Rush for West. 3. Eighty thousand men reach California before end of
year. 4. A few gain riches. 5. The greater part barely make a living
by exhaustive toil. 6. Hardships of journey across Isthmus of Panama
and across continent (overland route). 7. San Francisco, from
an insignificant settlement, sprang into city of twenty thousand

_B._ Material rearranged: 1. In 1849--"gold fever" reaches Eastern
states. 2. Rush for West. 3. Hardships of journey. 4. Eighty
thousand men reach California. 5. San Francisco's rapid growth. 6. A
few gain riches. 7. The greater number barely make a living by their
exhausting toil.

     [Notice that 6 has been made 3. The hardships of the journey
     should naturally be described before the facts about the arrival
     are given.]

_C._ Topic sentence: In 1849 the "gold fever" reached the Eastern
states, and a great rush of emigration began, both by land and by

_D._ Whole paragraph: In 1849 the "gold fever" reached the Eastern
states, and a great rush of emigration began both by land and by
sea. Many died of sickness contracted in crossing the Isthmus of
Panama; multitudes more perished on the overland route across the
continent. Notwithstanding the hardships and loss of life, over
eighty thousand men succeeded in reaching California before the end
of the year. From an insignificant settlement San Francisco suddenly
sprang into a city of twenty thousand inhabitants. A few of these
emigrants gained the riches they so eagerly sought, but the greater
part barely made a living by the most exhausting toil.

EXAMPLE III. Subject of paragraph: President Lincoln's Call for

_A._ Material: 1. Lincoln calls for seventy-five thousand volunteers
April 15, 1861. 2. Wishes them to serve three months. 3. Within
thirty-six hours several companies from Pennsylvania had reached
Washington. 4. Men of all parties at the North forgot their
political quarrels and hastened to the defense of the capital. 5.
The Sixth Massachusetts Regiment was the first full regiment to
march. 6. Few supposed the war would last longer than three months.
7. The Sixth Massachusetts speedily followed the Pennsylvania

_B._ Material rearranged: 1. Lincoln calls for seventy-five thousand
volunteers April 15, 1861. 2. For three months' service. 3. Few
supposed the war would last longer. 4. Men of all parties at North
forgot their political quarrels and hastened to the defense of the
capital. 5. Within thirty-six hours several Pennsylvania regiments
had reached Washington. 6. The Sixth Massachusetts was the first
full regiment to march. 7. The Sixth Massachusetts speedily followed
the Pennsylvania regiments.

_C._ Topic sentence: On April 15, 1861, President Lincoln called for
seventy-five thousand volunteers.

_D._ Whole paragraph: On April 15, 1861, President Lincoln called
for seventy-five thousand volunteers. They were to enlist for only
three months, for few then supposed the war would last longer than
that. In response to the President's call, men of all parties at the
North forgot their political quarrels, and hastened to the defense
of the capital. Within thirty-six hours several companies from
Pennsylvania had reached Washington. They were speedily followed by
the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment--the first full regiment to march.

     =Exercise 32.=--Make notes for completing the paragraphs
     suggested by the following topic sentences. In arranging your
     notes, you should follow some simple plan. If you are writing
     a story, for instance, you will naturally follow the order of
     time, and put things down in the order in which they occurred.
     If you are writing a description of scenery, you may mention
     the various objects in the order in which you saw them, or
     in the order of place, or in the order of importance. If you
     are explaining something, you will present facts in the order
     of their importance, and according to their connection with
     each other, always keeping in mind that you wish to make your
     explanation simple and clear.

1. The journey had been long and tiresome.

2. At sunset I stood on a hill, overlooking the town.

3. The dew had not disappeared, when, just after sunrise, I started
out, fishing rod in hand.

4. Golden-rod is one of the most common and the most beautiful of
our wayside flowers.

=13. Too Many Paragraphs.=--Sometimes matter that might be properly
included in one paragraph is spread over two or three paragraphs, as
in the following passages:--

I. As the Hurons, to every appearance, had abandoned the pursuit,
there was no apparent reason for this excess of caution.

The flight was, however, maintained for hours, until they had
reached a bay, near the northern termination of the lake.

Here the canoe was driven upon the beach, and the whole party landed.

II. The Duke of Normandy landed in Sussex, in the year 1066. He had
an army of sixty thousand chosen men, for accomplishing his bold

Many gallant knights who were not his subjects joined him, in the
hope of obtaining fame in arms and estates, if his enterprise should

     =Exercise 33.=--Write the following selection in three
     paragraphs. State the subject of each paragraph.

Burton Holmes, the lecturer, says that the Indians of Alaska regard
white men and canned goods as so closely associated that they are
nearly synonymous.

Wherever the white man is seen, canned meats, fruits, and vegetables
are found.

When Mr. Holmes visited Alaska recently, he carried with him a
phonograph. This was exhibited to an old chief who had never seen a
talking machine before.

When the machine was started, and the sound of a human voice came
from the trumpet, the Indian was much interested.

He listened gravely for a time, then approached and peered into the

When the machine finished its cylinder and stopped, the Indian
pointed at it, and smiling an expansive smile, remarked, "Huh! Him
canned white man."

=14. The End of a Paragraph.=--Occasionally you will find that it is
convenient to put at the end of a paragraph a sentence that will sum
up your whole idea in a few words. Such a sentence is particularly
useful when no topic sentence has been used.


1. The great error in Rip's composition was a strong dislike of
all kinds of profitable labor. It could not be from the want of
perseverance; for he would sit on a wet rock, with a rod as long
and heavy as a lance, and fish all day without a murmur, even
though he should not be encouraged by a single nibble. He would
carry a fowling piece on his shoulder for hours together, trudging
through woods and swamps, and up hill and down dale, to shoot a
few squirrels or wild pigeons. He would never refuse to assist a
neighbor even in the roughest toil, and was a foremost man at all
country frolics for husking Indian corn, or building stone fences;
the women of the village, too, used to employ him to run their
errands, and to do such little odd jobs as their less obliging
husbands would not do for them. In a word, Rip was ready to attend
to anybody's business but his own; but as to doing family duty,
and keeping his farm in order, he found it impossible.--WASHINGTON
IRVING: _Rip Van Winkle._

2. I was fatigued with traveling, rowing, and want of rest; I was
very hungry, and my whole stock of cash consisted of a Dutch dollar
and about a shilling in copper. This latter I gave the people of
the boat for my passage, who at first refused it on account of my
rowing; but I insisted on their taking it. A man is sometimes more
generous when he has but a little money than when he has plenty,
perhaps through fear of being thought to have but little.--BENJAMIN
FRANKLIN: _Autobiography._

3. We are a part of the public, and help to make its opinions and
give it its power. Laws are practically useless unless the general
sentiment of the community sanctions them. The rules of great
corporations prohibiting the use of liquor by employees are now
enforced as they could not have been a few years ago. They can be
enforced now because of a growth of the belief that intoxicants are
harmful, and a growing demand that those intrusted with human lives
and with great interests shall be clear of brain and reliable of
hand. Public opinion is a power, and it is one that we should help
to form and help to use.

     =Exercise 34.=--Make notes for paragraphs suggested by the
     following summary sentences:--

1. In a word, it was a magnificent sight.

2. Thus died a brave soldier.

3. It was a simple but a kindly act.

4. It was too late.

     =Exercise 35.=--Find summary sentences for the paragraphs
     suggested by the following notes:--

1. Tom obliged to whitewash fence.--Holiday.--Other boys come
for him.--Pretends to enjoy his task.--Refuses to let them help
him.--Finally accepts bribe and lets the boys do his work. [Summary
sentence expressing an opinion of Tom's cleverness.]

2. Autumn storm--rocky coast--high wind--big waves--dashing spray.
[Summary sentence expressing your pleasure or discomfort.]

3. Getting up early on a winter
morning--unpleasant--dark--cold--sleepy. [Summary sentence
indicating your dislike.]

=15. Quotations.=--This is a convenient place to explain the
punctuation of quotations.

Quotations are _direct_ when the exact words of the speaker or
writer are repeated. They are _indirect_ when the thought is
expressed without using the exact words.

1. _Direct._ "Good evening, Dance," said the doctor, with a nod.
"And good evening to you, Jim. What good wind brings you here?"

2. _Indirect._ The doctor nodded, said good evening to Dance and
Jim, and asked what good wind brought them there.

In writing down a conversation, it is customary to make each speech
of each person a paragraph by itself, even if it consists of only a
few words.

A direct quotation should be inclosed in quotation marks.

When a direct quotation is broken or separated by words which
are not quoted, each part of the quotation should be inclosed in
quotation marks.

1. _Unbroken._ "Have you any money?" asked the baker.

2. _Broken._ "Run along," said the woman, kindly; "carry your bread
home, child."

The first word of a direct quotation should begin with a capital

If the quotation when _unbroken_ is composed of two independent
parts separated by a semicolon, a semicolon (not a comma) should
follow the author's words when the quotation is broken.

     1. _Unbroken._ Solomon said, "Boast not thyself of to-morrow;
     for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."

     2. _Broken._ "Boast not thyself of to-morrow," said Solomon;
     "for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."

When a quotation is long or formally introduced, it is usually
preceded by a colon, or by a colon and a dash.

1. Nathan Hale, before he was executed, spoke the following words:
"I regret that I have only one life to give for my country."

2. In Tennyson's _Bugle Song_ we find the following beautiful

    "O love, they die in yon rich sky,
      They faint on hill, or field, or river;
    Our echoes roll from soul to soul
      And grow forever and forever."

     =Exercise 36.=--Rewrite the following sentences, putting in the
     quotation marks. Make each speech of each person a paragraph by

1. The mother turned her head as Alice entered, and said, Who is
it? Is it you, Alice? Yes, it is I, mother. Where have you been so
long? I have been nowhere, dear mother. I have come directly home
from church. How long it seems to me! It is very late. It is growing
quite dark. I was just going to call for the lights. Why, mother!
exclaimed Alice, in a startled tone, what do you mean? The sun is
shining directly into your face! Impossible, my dear Alice. It is
quite dark. I cannot see you. Where are you? Alice leaned over her
mother and kissed her. Both were silent,--both wept. They knew that
the hour, so long looked forward to with dismay, had suddenly come.
Mrs. Archer was blind!

2. Yonder comes Moses. As she spoke, Moses came in on foot, sweating
under the deal box, which he had strapped round his shoulders like
a peddler. Welcome, welcome, Moses; well, my boy, what have you
brought us from the fair? I have brought you myself, cried Moses,
with a sly look, and resting the box on the dresser. Ah, Moses,
cried my wife, that we know, but where is the horse? I have sold
him, cried Moses, for three pounds five shillings and twopence.
Well done, my good boy, returned she. Between ourselves, three
pounds five shillings and twopence is no bad day's work. Come, let
us have it, then. I have brought back no money, cried Moses again.
I have laid it all out in a bargain, and here it is, pulling out a
bundle from his breast; here they are, a gross of green spectacles,
with silver rims and shagreen cases. A gross of green spectacles!
repeated my wife in a faint voice. And you have parted with the
colt, and bought us back nothing but a gross of green paltry
spectacles! Dear mother, cried the boy, why won't you listen to
reason? They were a dead bargain, or I should not have bought them.

     =Exercise 37.=--Change the following _indirect_ quotations to
     _direct_ quotations:--

1. The fir tree wished it were tall enough to go to sea, and asked
the stork to tell it what the sea looked like; but the stork replied
that it would take too much time to explain.

2. The little boy asked his grandmother whether the swarm of white
bees had a queen bee and she replied that they certainly had.

3. Rip asked in despair whether nobody there knew Rip Van Winkle,
and some one answered that he stood leaning against a tree yonder.
Rip looked, and beheld a precise counterpart of himself as he went
up the mountain. The poor fellow was now completely confounded and
wondered whether he was himself or another man. In the midst of his
bewilderment, the man in the cocked hat demanded who he was and what
was his name. Rip replied that he was not himself but somebody else,
and that he could not tell who he was.

     =Exercise 38.=--Write from dictation.

1. A little daughter of a clergyman was not feeling well, and had to
be put to bed early.

"Mother," she said, "I want to see my dear father."

"No, dear," said her mother, "father is not to be disturbed just

Presently came the pleading voice, "I want to see my father."

"No, dear," was the answer, "I cannot disturb him."

Then the four-year-old parishioner rose to the question of privilege.

"Mother," said she, "I am sick woman, and I want to see my minister."

2. One night my friend put up at a small country hotel. The next
morning, at breakfast, the landlord said to him, "Did you enjoy the
cornet playing in the room next to yours last night?"

"Enjoy it!" my friend replied, "I should think not. Why, I spent
half the night pounding on the wall to make the man stop."

"It must have been a misunderstanding," said the landlord. "The
cornet player told me that the person in the next room applauded him
so heartily that he went over every piece he knew three times."



=16. How We Learn Words.=--We have now for some time been studying
about combinations of words, but we have said very little about
words themselves. This was the proper course to follow, for in our
native language we need to be told about combinations of words more
than about words themselves; about these we cannot help finding out
much by ourselves. Indeed, it is life that teaches us words,--life
and association with our fellows. We could scarcely avoid learning
rapidly the names which the people who speak our language have
given to the multitude of actual things which we see and touch,
and the common words which are customary to express our feelings
and thoughts with regard to these objects. As we grow older and
wiser, and particularly if we associate with persons of intelligence
and information, and read widely in books of all sorts, we become
rapidly acquainted also with a great mass of words that have grown
up to express the most abstract thoughts and the most delicate
shades of feeling.

Life, then, and association with our fellows, and reading will bring
to our knowledge, in due course of time, all the words we shall
ever need to use. There are a few hints to be given, however, which
will be of service to you in this process of learning the customary
words which the people of our race and nation use to express their
thoughts and feelings.

=17. The Size and Character of the English Vocabulary.=--We use
the word _vocabulary_ to express the total number of words used
by a person or group of persons. The English vocabulary, then, is
the total number of words used by the people who write and speak
English. There are more than three hundred thousand such words
collected in our dictionaries, and the number is being added to
every year. No single person would be acquainted with all these
words, for many of them have been used only rarely, or only
among little groups of people, or in connection with sciences
not understood by the people at large. The number of words that
an intelligent and educated person would understand when he saw
or heard them is not often more than sixty thousand; the number
of words that such a person would himself use is very much
less--probably not, as a rule, more than twenty thousand.

A great many of our words come from the Latin language, and you will
be greatly aided in your study of English words if you can learn
something of that language.

=18. Increasing One's Vocabulary.=--It is clear, then, that you will
greatly increase your vocabulary as you grow older and wiser. It is
also true, in general, that as your vocabulary grows you will grow,
to some extent, in knowledge of the world. It will be worth while
for you, therefore, to get into the habit of learning new words.
This could, of course, be done by reading the dictionary (and the
dictionary is by no means an uninteresting volume to pick up from
time to time), but the more natural way is to reach this result
by cultivating the habit of _attention_ to words. You might begin
the habit by noticing accurately the names of things you see or
handle,--of tools and implements, birds, animals, and flowers; the
names of different colors and shades; the names applied to persons
to describe their duties and occupations.

     =Exercise 39.=--Write as many words as possible that name:--

1. Various trades and professions. 2. Vehicles used on land. 3.
Boats (from a man-of-war to a flatboat). 4. Buildings--(_a_)
churches, (_b_) public buildings, (_c_) educational buildings, (_d_)
buildings used for amusements. 5. Parts of a bicycle. 6. Tools. 7.
Birds. 8. Flowers. 9. Colors. 10. Musical instruments.

     =Exercise 40.=--After each of the following nouns place a verb
     that describes the sound made by the animal mentioned.

Sheep, owls, sparrows, goats, oxen, frogs, hens, bears, horses,
robins, roosters, doves, lions, parrots, ravens, monkeys, elephants,

     =Exercise 41.=--Notice the following words which might be used
     in describing some one's appearance:--

_Eyes_: bright, dull, sparkling, clear, heavy,
close-set, shifting, narrow, honest, gentle, penetrating, keen,
kindly, expressive, lovely, hard.

_Forehead_: noble, high, receding, low, broad, narrow, well-shaped.

_Figure_: muscular, wiry, broad-shouldered, well-proportioned,
slender, thick-set, stout, short, tall.

1. Make a similar list to describe a person's disposition, ability,

2. Make a list of the descriptive words used by Longfellow in _The
Village Blacksmith_.

     =Exercise 42.=--Find as many descriptions of winter as you can.
     Make lists of words used by the authors in describing it. Make
     lists of words that you might use in describing the following:
     _a picnic_; _Christmas night_; _the weather_; _the character of
     Washington_; _an old house_; _a shell_; _a feather_; _a sunset_;
     _Mount Washington_; _a lily-of-the valley_; _your favorite walk_.

     =Exercise 43.=--The same scene may look very different to you at
     different times,--for instance, a piece of woods which you visit
     in company with some merry boys and girls in search of spring
     flowers, and the same woods in which you wander alone, having
     lost your way.

     Select from the following list adjectives which you might use in
     writing the first description; the second.

     _Things described_: path, leaves on the ground, birds,
     squirrels, trees, brook.

     _Descriptive words_: lonely, crisp, solitary, chattering,
     moaning, merry, mournful, timid, scolding, shady, romantic,
     charming, singing, sweet-voiced, warning, sobbing, dismal,

     =Exercise 44.=--Compare the following: 1. New York Harbor
     seen by a citizen of New York who is returning home after a
     long absence in some foreign country. 2. The same viewed by a
     homesick Norwegian girl who has left all her friends in Norway.

     Select some of your descriptive words from the following, adding
     as many others as you feel that you need: _inhospitable_,
     _gloomy_, _cold_, _hard_, _welcome_, _joyous_, _sad_, _bright_,
     _glorious_, _fearful_, _lonely_, _pathetic_, _homesick_.

     =Exercise 45.=--1. The village bell is ringing. Describe the way
     it sounds to you on the following occasions:--

     Calling to church service on a clear, sunny Sabbath morning;
     tolling for the death of a dear friend; ringing in celebration
     of a victory (suppose that we are at war with another country);
     ringing to celebrate a wedding; ringing "the old year out, and
     the new year in." [Read _The Bells_, by Edgar Allan Poe, before

     2. Write a paragraph telling how you felt when you heard that
     you were to have some unexpected pleasure.

     3. Imagine yourself living on the morning of April 15, 1865.
     Describe your feelings on learning of the death of Lincoln.

=19. Synonyms.=--Synonyms are words which have the same or nearly
the same meaning.

     EXAMPLES: Liberal, generous; face, countenance.

A knowledge of synonyms will be valuable to you in several ways.
First, it will enable you to avoid the too frequent repetition of a
word. By using synonyms, then, you add variety to your writing.

     "When the _walk_ is over there is abundance to think about;
     and the _ramble_ reviewed at night before the andirons is a
     repetition of the day's enjoyment."

     If you will substitute _walk_ for _ramble_ in the preceding
     sentence, you will see how much the sentence loses by not using
     the synonym.

     =Exercise 46.=--In each of the following fill each blank with
     an appropriate synonym of the italicized word in the same

1. Be astir at ----, then, and receive the greeting of that lover
of the _dawn_, the blackcap. 2. The ---- thickened, so that now
you waded through a condensation of _gloom_. 3. The thrush filled
every lone pathway with its sweet _music_, and I wondered that the
world should hear so little of this woodside ----. 4. The sobering
_silence_ of the night was the subject of our conversation, when
suddenly a sad, sweet song broke the ----. 5. In the _city_ these
conditions are not so well marked; but beyond the ---- limits,
nature still rules. 6. It was just the day for a _ramble_, and I
was off early for an all-day ----. 7. The _gale_ died away, and he
tried to go northward again; but again came the ---- and swept him
back into the waste. 8. And what became of the little ----, the
poor _boy_ in the pretty town of Marbach? 9. He comes up the stairs
---- and opens the door _noiselessly_. 10. When the first week had
_passed_, the queen took little Eliza into the country, and but a
short month had ---- when the king had entirely forgotten his little

     =Exercise 47.=--In the following use a synonym in place of one
     of the underlined words:--

1. He has many _wealthy_ friends, although he is not a _wealthy_
man himself. 2. At his first glimpse of the _countenance_, Ernest
did fancy that there was a resemblance between it and the familiar
_countenance_ upon the mountain side. 3. Celia considered that it
would be unsafe for two young _maids_ of rank to travel in their
rich clothes; she therefore proposed that they should dress like
country _maids_. 4. When the servant of the house of Montague
met the servant of the house of Capulet, a _quarrel_ ensued; and
frequent were the _quarrels_ from such accidental meetings. 5.
Portia dressed herself and Nerissa in men's _apparel_, and putting
on the _apparel_ of a counselor, she took Nerissa with her as clerk
and set out for Venice. 6. Portia now _desired_ Shylock to let her
see the bond; and when she had read it she _desired_ him to be
merciful. 7. The importance of the arduous _task_ Portia had engaged
in gave her courage, and she boldly proceeded to perform the _task_
she had undertaken. 8. The _lady_ expressed great sorrow at hearing
this, and said she wished to see the father of Helena, a young
_lady_ who was present. 9. The mourners sat in _silence_, with only
a smothered sob now and then to break the _silence_. 10. She tried
to _comfort_ the sorrowful girl, but could think of nothing that
would _comfort_ her.

     =Exercise 48.=--1. Give one or more synonyms for each of the
     following words. Consult your dictionary.

     Dawn, neglect, perform, astonish, collect, bestow, appeal,
     destroy, attend, grieve, joy, brilliance, gloomy, happy, gentle,
     calm, excitable, fond, sweet, simple, just, honorable, gloaming,

     2. Rearrange the following list, putting together all words that
     are synonyms:--

     Crime, smite, maid, fault, fervent, labor, reverence, ardent,
     instantly, respect, fraternal, quickly, work, glowing, entreat,
     toil, honor, brotherly, beg, venerate, beseech, gloaming, waste,
     importune, twilight, squander, glitter, shine, glisten, sparkle,
     offense, girl, strike, lass, sincere, faithful, transgression,
     true, desire, wish.

A knowledge of synonyms, then, is valuable, since it enriches your
vocabulary and enables you to give variety to your writing. There
is still another way in which this knowledge may be useful to you,
There is generally some slight difference in meaning, even in words
classed as synonyms, and a wise choice will enable you to express
your thought with more exactness.

     EXAMPLE. "I frantically _begged_ a knot of sailors not to let
     them perish before our eyes."

     In the dictionary you will find the following synonyms for
     _beg_, with an explanation of the different shades of meaning:
     ask, entreat, beseech, implore, supplicate.

     "One _asks_ what he feels he may fairly claim; he _begs_ for
     that to which he advances no claim but pity; _entreat_ implies a
     special earnestness of asking, and _beseech_, a still added and
     more humble intensity. To _implore_ is to ask with weeping and
     lamentation; to _supplicate_ is to ask, as it were, on bended
     knees." (_Standard Dictionary._)

     It would be better, then, to write,--

     "I frantically _implored_ a knot of sailors not to let them
     perish before our eyes."

     =Exercise 49.=--Choose one of the synonyms given in each of
     the following sentences. Consult your dictionary to get the
     different shades of meaning.

1. They were making out to me, in an [agitated, excited, disturbed]
way that the lifeboat had been bravely manned an hour ago, and could
do nothing.

2. The thunder was loud and [ceaseless, incessant, continuous].

3. I was [perplexed, confused, distracted] by the terrible sight.

4. The excited voice went [calling, crying, clamoring] along the

5. I was [tired, fatigued, exhausted] with traveling and want of

6. I made a most [awkward, ridiculous, absurd, grotesque] appearance.

7. A man is sometimes more [generous, liberal, open-handed] when he
has but a little money than when he has plenty.

8. Dost thou love life? Then do not [squander, waste, spend] time.

9. He [continued, admonished, warned, counseled, advised] me not to
let so good an offer pass.

10. The eagle listens to every sound, [looking, gazing, glancing]
now and then to the earth beneath.

     =Exercise 50.=--Fill the blanks below with words from the
     following groups of synonyms:--

I. Large, colossal, great, big, commodious, huge, vast, capacious,
immense, spacious, huge.

1. Joan of Arc rode at the head of a ---- body of troops. 2. Our
world itself is a very ---- place. 3. If a ---- giant could travel
all over the universe and gather worlds, all as ---- as ours,
and were to make first a heap of merely ten such worlds, how ----
it would be. 4. I pushed aside the heavy leathern curtain at the
entrance, and stood in the ---- nave. The ---- cupola alone is
sixty-five feet higher than the Bunker Hill Monument, and the four
---- pillars on which it rests are each one hundred and thirty-seven
feet in circumference. The awe I felt in looking up at the ---- arch
of marble and gold did not humble me. 5. The old lady drew a package
of peppermints from her ---- pocket. 6. He lived in a ---- mansion
with ---- rooms.

II. Tiny, little, small, diminutive, minute.

1. The Lilliputians were a very ---- people. 2. Each ---- point was
carefully explained. 3. I met a ---- cottage girl. 4. Far away in
the forest, grew a pretty ---- fir tree. 5. The lame boy was so ----
that they called him ---- Tim.

     =Exercise 51.=--Consult your dictionary to get the exact meaning
     of each word in the following two groups of synonyms. Insert
     words in the blanks, using each word but once.

     1. Funny, odd, strange, queer, grotesque, peculiar.

     2. Brave, bold, daring, fearless, courageous, reckless.

1. He told us of many ---- happenings. 2. The bird has a ---- cry.
3. We laughed at the ---- story. 4. What an ---- stick he is, to
be sure. 5. ---- faces were carved over the door. 6. It is a ----
coincidence. 7. He was a ---- bad man. 8. The ---- soldier was
foremost in the fray. 9. The ---- deed was applauded. 10. He is
a ---- man, and never considers consequences. 11. He seems to be
perfectly ----. 12. The fireman received a medal for his ---- act.

     =Exercise 52.=--Do you see any difference in meaning in
     the pairs of words given below? Write sentences using each

     Artist, artisan; healthy, healthful; bring, fetch; applause,
     praise; propose, purpose; in, into; distinct, clear; few,
     little; defend, protect; thankful, grateful; right, privilege;
     occasion, opportunity; custom, habit; brutal, brutish;
     temperance, abstinence; exile, banish; excuse, apology; duty,
     obligation; doubt, suspense; price, worth; interfere, interpose;
     surprised, astonished; flexible, pliable.

=20. Accuracy in the Use of Words.=--Accuracy in the use of words
comes from practice. It is better to blunder by using a word without
a complete knowledge of its meaning than to be afraid to use any
but the commonest words. Some words sound very much alike and yet
have very different meanings, and some words are so nearly alike
in meaning that it is almost or quite impossible to define the
difference between them, though we may perhaps feel it. All that we
can do, then, is simply to go on learning, using new words as fast
as we get fairly well acquainted with them, and depending upon our
teachers and older friends to point out to us when we are wrong.

What we must avoid is the stupid habit of using words thoughtlessly,
after the manner of the blundering Mrs. Malaprop in Sheridan's
_Rivals_, who said:--

     I would by no means wish a daughter of mine to be a _progeny_
     of learning; I don't think so much learning becomes a young
     woman.... As she grew up, I would have her instructed in
     _geometry_ that she might know something of the _contagious_
     countries; but above all, Sir Anthony, she should be mistress of
     _orthodoxy_, that she might not misspell and mispronounce words
     so shamefully as girls usually do; and likewise that she might
     _reprehend_ the true meaning of what she is saying. This, Sir
     Anthony, is what I would have a woman know; and I don't think
     there is a _superstitious_ article in it.

     =Exercise 53.=--Distinguish between the meaning of the following
     words: _luxuriant_ and _luxurious_; _effect_ and _affect_;
     _disease_ and _decease_; _descent_ and _dissent_; _principal_
     and _principle_; _suspect_ and _expect_; _sensuous_ and
     _sensible_; _allude_ and _elude_; _noted_ and _notorious_;
     _emigrant_ and _immigrant_; _ovation_ and _innovation_; _torpid_
     and _tepid_.

=21. Figures of Speech.=--There is a strange way we all have of
using words in a sense different from that of ordinary expression.
We say, for example, that a brave soldier "was a lion." Of course,
he was not a lion actually; he merely had certain qualities which we
think lions have to a particularly great degree, that is, strength
and courage. In the same way, especially in joke, we may speak of
a person as an ass, a mule, a fox, a goose, an elephant, etc. Or,
instead of saying that a soldier fought bravely, we may say that
he fought like a lion, and similarly, that he was as stubborn as
a mule, as keen as a fox, etc. We thus say either what a thing
is _not_, or what it is _like_, instead of what it _is_. Such
expressions are called =figures= (that is, forms) of =speech=. In a
metaphor, one thing is called by the name of another. In a simile,
one thing is said to be like another.

We use both the metaphor and the simile quite frequently and
naturally in our ordinary speech and writing, particularly when our
feelings are aroused in any way.

  1. Bread is the staff of life. (Metaphor.)
  2. The ground was an oven floor; and the breeze that passed
  by, the breath of a furnace. (Metaphor.)
  3. His eye glowed like a fiery spark. (Simile.)
  4. The carded wool, like a snowdrift, was piled at her knee.

     =Exercise 54.=--Pick out the metaphors and similes in the
     following sentences:--

1. In this world a man must either be anvil or hammer. 2. He beheld
the lights in the houses, shining like stars in the dusk and mist
of the evening. 3. Hearty and hale was he, an oak that is covered
with snowflakes. 4. Their lives glide on like rivers that water
the woodland. 5. Their hearts leaped like the roe, when he hears
in the woodland the voice of the huntsman. 6. Life is a sheet of
paper white. 7. Her eyes are stars; her voice is music. 8. A fat
little steamer rolled itself along like a sailor on shore. 9. He
glared at us like a tiger out of a jungle. 10. Cornwallis, speaking
of Washington, said he would "bag the old fox" in the morning. 11.
He is a little chimney and heated hot in a moment. 12. John is the
black sheep of the family. 13. She is like a gleam of sunlight on a
dark day. 14. Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul
and health to the bones. 15. Her heart is as pure as the lilies.

     =Exercise 55.=--Change the following similes and metaphors to
     plain language:--

1. He is a Samson. 2. He is a wet blanket. 3. They are a pair of
turtle doves. 4. Never cross bridges until you come to them. 5. He
is a tower of strength. 6. You are pure gold. 7. Night's candles
are burnt out. 8. He is unstable as water. 9. He carries the world
on his shoulders. 10. What a bear he is! 11. That is a hard nut to
crack. 12. Don't be a dog in the manger. 13. Mother nature laughs
around. 14. Don't rub him the wrong way. 15. The Roman mother said
of her children, "These are my jewels."

     =Exercise 56.=--Find similes or metaphors to express the

1. Time passes quickly. 2. Her eyes are very bright. 3. The boat
moved rapidly through the water. 4. She sings very sweetly. 5. The
wind makes a sound in the tops of the pines. 6. He is very cross. 7.
They are exceedingly poor. 8. Do not find fault with a gift. 9. Her
hair is fine and soft. 10. The night was very dark.

     =Exercise 57.=--I. Compare the two following passages. Notice
     how the account of the beginning of the boat race loses in force
     by the changes from figurative language to plain language.

1. Hark! the first gun. The report sent Tom's heart into his mouth.
The crowds on the bank began to be agitated by the shadow of the
coming excitement.

Long before the sound of the starting-gun can roll up the river, the
pent-up life and energy which has been held in leash is let loose.

2. Hark! the first gun. The report made Tom nervous. The crowds
on the bank began to be agitated by the thought of the coming

Long before the sound of the starting-gun can be heard up the river,
the life and energy which has been checked is released.

     II. Rewrite the following, changing the similes and metaphors to
     plain language. Notice how much the paragraph loses in force.

Isn't he grand, the captain, as he comes forward _like lightning_,
stroke after stroke? As the space narrows, the _fiery_ little
cockswain's eyes _flash_ with excitement.

     =Exercise 58.=--Rewrite the following, using two or more similes
     or metaphors:--

The first snow came. It covered the brown fields and green meadows.
It protected the roots of the plants hidden under it. It was very
white and clean. It covered the bushes and trees and fences with a
soft white covering.

     =Exercise 59.=--Write sentences comparing the descent of an
     eagle upon its prey to the fall of a thunderbolt; the falling of
     rain to weeping; a cheerful face to a sunbeam; the loss of hope
     to the setting of the sun; a modest little girl to a violet; a
     sailing vessel to a bird; dandelions to pieces of gold; a good
     book to a friend; a burst of anger to a storm; old age to sunset.

     =Exercise 60.=--Write a paragraph describing something you have
     seen in nature,--a brook, a meadow where cattle are grazing, a
     field of daisies, a waterfall, or anything else you may choose.
     Try to use at least one metaphor or simile.

=22. Mistakes in the Use of Words.=--Let us now consider the
principal errors which we are likely to make with regard to words.

=23. Spelling.=--If our letters corresponded exactly to our English
sounds, we could all spell fairly well, because we could use the
symbols that answered to our pronunciation. But our letters do
not agree well with our sounds; and there are many oddities and
inconsistencies which cause the young student a great deal of
trouble. Many plans have been proposed for simplifying our spelling,
and it is to be hoped that eventually some wise scheme will be
generally adopted, but that is not likely to come to pass for many
years, and in the meantime we must follow the established custom.
If we do not learn to spell in this way, we run the risk of being
thought unintelligent and uneducated. As a matter of fact, however,
students of your age are already over the worst of their troubles in
this respect. All they have to do is to pay careful attention to the
form of words as they read, and to keep a list of the words which
they spell incorrectly in their own compositions, making sure that
they do not make the same mistake a second time.

A set of rules which will be of service to you will be found in the

=24. Slang.=--By slang we mean strange words or expressions, not
employed in serious or dignified composition, whether written or
spoken. They are sometimes used in conversation, largely in jest,
by persons of intelligence and education, but more generally by
persons of defective education, who are not really acquainted with
the forms of the language used by the educated classes. There can
be no great objection to playing with words on occasions where play
is appropriate, particularly when the speakers are young or full of
boisterous fun. It is, however, unwise for young students to get the
habit of thus playing with words so firmly established that they
play when they should be serious, or that they become unfamiliar
with really good English. Particular care should be taken to avoid
slang that is vulgar or coarse.

Here is an extract which is intended to represent the natural and
playful speech of a boy of high spirits:--

     "I say, East, can't we get something else besides potatoes? I've
     got lots of money, you know."

     "Bless us, yes, I forgot," said East, "you've only just come.
     You see all my tin's been gone this twelve weeks. I've got a
     tick at Sally's, of course; but then I hate running it high, you
     see, toward the end of the half, because one has to shell out
     for it all directly one comes back, and that's a bore."

     "Well, what shall I buy?" said Tom, "I'm hungry."

     "I say," said East, "you're a trump, Brown. I'll do the same
     by you next half. Let's have a pound of sausages, then; that's
     the best grub for tea I know of."--THOMAS HUGHES: _Tom Brown's

There is a certain vigor and picturesqueness of expression here,
and it would be absurd to expect boys, on all occasions, to speak
like dictionaries. On the other hand, you will readily see that the
italicized expressions in the following sentences would be wholly
inappropriate in serious written composition.

1. John made a bad _break_. 2. Your new hat is simply _immense_. 3.
I think that's the _limit_. 4. Children should _take a back seat_.
5. He _passed in his checks_. 6. That's only a _bluff_. 7. He's
a big _chump_. 8. The people made a big _kick_. 9. That boy is a
_fresh kid_. 10. He _chucked_ the tea overboard.

     =Exercise 61.=--Rewrite the sentences given above, substituting
     correct English for the slang words or expressions.

     What slang expression do you use most frequently? Write a
     paragraph explaining exactly what you mean by it.

     =Exercise 62.=--Point out the exaggeration in the use of the
     italicized words by giving the meaning of the word. Suggest
     words which might be substituted for them.

1. We had an _awfully_ good time. 2. Butter is _frightfully_ dear.
3. I'm _terribly_ tired. 4. We were _horribly_ bored. 5. He is
_tremendously_ pleased. 6. This is a _magnificent_ lead pencil. 7.
You are _fearfully_ late this morning. 8. I _adore_ chocolate fudge.
9. This is _beautiful_ jelly cake. 10. What a _splendid_ apple!

=25. Errors in the Forms of Words.=--The following exercises will
give you practice in the forms of words in which young students most
often make mistakes.

     =Exercise 63.=--Write sentences containing the following:--

Babies', women's, boy's, boys', girl's, children's, man's, men's,
girls', baby's, cats', cat's.

     =Exercise 64.=--Write from dictation:--

1. The dog returns at John's call and rubs against his legs. He
waits while his master's horse is dozing at the post, and his master
talks within, and gossips with the other dogs, who are snapping at
the flies. Nobody knows how many dogs' characters are destroyed
in this gossip. 2. Malcolm entered the ladies' cabin and looked
for a seat. A baby, who was pulling impatiently at its mother's
dress, suddenly ran to him, crying, "Baby's papa,"--to his great
embarrassment. 3. It's now midnight. 4. Olive's skates are with
Alice's. 5. Yours is not so well prepared as ours. 6. Read Dickens's
"Christmas Carol."

     =Exercise 65.=--I. Fill the blanks with _I_ or _me_. Give
     reasons for your choice.

1. His lecture gave pleasure to Frank and ----. 2. He is cleverer
than ----. 3. This is for you and ----. 4. Henry and ---- went
driving. 5. Is it you? It is ----. 6. May Ethel and ---- remain
after school? 7. There is an agreement between you and ----. 8. This
story was read by ----. 9. My sister and ---- were traveling through
Yellowstone Park.

II. Fill the blanks with _we_ or _us_:--

1. ---- girls have formed a society. 2. He gave ---- boys permission
to leave early. 3. Was it ---- whom you saw? 4. You know that as
well as ----. 5. You are far nobler than ----. 6. You can do it
better than ----. 7. He has promised to take our cousin and ---- to
the circus. 8. He wishes to give ---- pleasure.

III. Fill the blanks with _he_ or _him_:--

1. It was ----. 2. All except ---- came early. 3. I can do it as
well as ----. 4. Who saw it first, you or ----? 5. I have no time
for children like you and ----. 6. What are you and ---- doing? 7.
It was either ---- or James that did it. 8. ---- who had promised
failed to fulfill his promise. 9. I thought it was ----. 10. I
should not like to be ----.

IV. Fill the blanks with _she_ or _her_:--

1. We gave ---- one more chance. 2. ---- and I are going. 3. You
read better than ----. 4. Can it be ----? 5. I am sure it is ----.
6. I will keep you and ----. 7. ---- and her friends have gone. 8.
If I were ---- I would do it. 9. The fault lies between you and
----. 10. I am going with ----.

V. Fill the blanks with _they_ or _them_:--

1. We are as good as ----. 2. Could it have been ----? 3. It was
----. 4. ---- and their company have gone. 5. We are not as well
educated as ----.

VI. Fill the blanks with _who_ or _whom_:--

1. ---- are you to believe? 2. ---- do you think it was? 3. I like
to help those ---- deserve it. 4. Do you remember ---- you saw? 5.
Can you tell ---- to believe? 6. ---- can this be from? 7. ---- do
you think this is? 8. I heard from a boy ---- was a pupil. 9. He
invited all ---- he believed to be his friends. 10. He saw a man
---- he supposed to be the minister. 11. I gave it to the one ----
seemed to need it most. 12. I hardly know ---- to believe. 13. I
have appointed a clerk ---- I believe can be trusted. 14. We know
---- you are. 15. Mary, ---- is my friend, will certainly support
me. 16. Lincoln was the man ---- liberated the slaves. 17. If I
cannot believe in her, in ---- can I believe? 18. I will give it to
the one ---- gets here first. 19. They left me in doubt as to ----
it was. 20. I have found my child ---- was lost. 21. A man ---- I
expected to meet failed to arrive. 22. He spoke to the boy ----
he pitied. 23. He helped the boy, ---- had been deserted by his
parents. 24. He was a man ---- was greatly beloved. 25. Helen, ----,
I am told, is the winner of the medal, is a very studious child.

=Exercise 66.=--I. Use some form of verb _set_ or _sit_:--

1. ---- the plant on the window sill. 2. He ---- the table. 3. The
hen is ----. 4. Harold is ---- out tomato plants. 5. The shepherds
---- on the ground in a row. 6. They were ---- there at nightfall.
7. He ---- in the front seat. 8. She was ---- by the fire. 9. We
---- under the sycamore tree.

H. Use some form of _lie_ or _lay_:--

I. ---- still and rest. 2. He ---- under the lilac bush. 3. He was
---- there when I arrived. 4. We ---- her in the cold, moist earth.
5. Mary, ---- on the couch. 6. The men are ---- a board walk. 7. We
have ---- our plan. 8. The ship is ---- in the harbor. 9. She has
---- there since seven o'clock.

III. Use some form of _do_:--

1. My work is ----. 2. He ---- (past tense) his work well. 3. We
---- (past tense) our duty. 4. Has he ---- it yet? 5. You---- (past
tense) it.

IV. Use some form of _bring_ or _take_:--

1. Horace ---- his teacher a rose. 2. Miss Klein ---- it home with
her. 3. Frank, --- -me your book. 4. He ---- it to me. 5. He has
---- it to me. 6. He ---- his dog into the garden. 7. He has ---- it

V. Use some form of _learn_ and _teach_:--

1. ---- me to sew. 2. Mother has ---- me to knit. 3. I have ---- how
to sew. 4. I am ---- how to cook. 5. She ---- her brother how to
skate. 6. She is ---- him to be fearless.

VI. Use some form of _see_:--

1. I ---- the sunset. 2. I have ---- the sunset. 3. He has ---- the
procession. 4. He ---- it now.

VII. Use correctly in sentences _see_, _saw_, _seen_.

VIII. Use in sentences all forms of the following verbs:--

Go, drive, break, do, ring, run, bring, lie, lay, sit, set, teach,
read, know, take.

IX. Change the form of the verbs below from present to perfect or
past perfect:--

1. The boy runs rapidly. 2. The old man rings the bell at sundown.
3. I saw the lights of the village. 4. Tiny Tim sings very sweetly.
5. We sit by the fire in the gloaming. 6. Mr. Towne teaches drawing.
7. Mary reads well. 8. He lays fresh flowers on her grave. 9. He
sets a light in the window. 10. Mary plays the piano.



=26. Writing in which the Ideas are already at Hand.=--Young people
have an abundance of things to write about. Their lives are usually
full of interesting incidents, and their minds are fresh and eager.
Before passing on, however, to the principal part of composition,
that in which the writer expresses his own ideas, let us undertake
a little practice in a form of composition in which the ideas are
furnished us. We shall thus not have to devote so much effort to
thinking what we are going to write, and can devote all the more
attention to the pleasing form of what we write.

=27. Condensation.=--Here are two well-written and clear paragraphs
on an interesting topic, and beneath each are two or three pleasing
sentences which give the same idea in a shorter or condensed form.

1. Centuries ago, in a remote village among some wild hills in
France, there lived a country maiden, Joan of Arc, who was at this
time in her twentieth year. She had been a solitary girl from her
childhood; she had often tended sheep and cattle for whole days
where no human figure was seen or human voice was heard; and she had
often knelt, for hours together, in the gloomy empty little village
chapel, looking up at the altar and at the dim lamp burning before
it, until she fancied that she saw shadowy figures standing there,
and even that she heard them speak to her.--CHARLES DICKENS: _A
Child's History of England._

     Joan of Arc lived centuries ago in a remote French village. Her
     childhood had been a solitary one. Often she was for days alone
     with her sheep, and she knelt long alone in the gloomy village
     chapel, where she fancied that she saw shadowy shapes that spoke
     to her.

2. I think it was Hans, our Eskimo hunter, who thought he saw a
broad sledge track. The drift had nearly effaced it, and we were
some of us doubtful at first whether it was not one of those
accidental rifts which the gales make in the surface snow. But, as
we traced it on to the deep snow among the hummocks, we were led
to footsteps; and, following these with religious care, we at last
came in sight of a small American flag fluttering from a hummock,
and lower down a little banner hanging from a tent pole hardly above
the drift. It was the camp of our disabled comrades; we reached it
after an unbroken march of twenty-one hours.--E. E. KANE: _Arctic

     Hans, our Eskimo hunter, found what seemed to be the faint
     traces of a sledge, and this led us to footsteps. Following
     these with great care, we came at length to the camp of our
     disabled comrades.

     =Exercise 67.=--Condense the following paragraphs, making your
     sentences pleasing to the ear:--

1. In order to begin at the beginning of the story, let us suppose
that we go into a country garden one fine morning in May, when the
sun is shining brightly overhead, and that we see hanging from the
bough of an old apple tree a black object which looks very much like
a large plum pudding. On approaching it, however, we see that it is
a large cluster or swarm of bees clinging to each other by their
legs; each bee with its two fore legs clinging to the hinder legs
of the one above it. In this way as many as twenty thousand bees may
be clinging together, and yet they hang so freely that a bee, even
from quite the center of the swarm, can disengage herself from her
neighbors and pass through to the outside of the cluster whenever
she wishes.--ARABELLA BUCKLEY: _Fairyland of Science_.

2. This warning stopped all speech, and the hardy mariners, knowing
that they had already done all in the power of man to insure their
safety, stood in breathless anxiety, awaiting the result. At a short
distance ahead of them the whole ocean was white with foam, and the
waves, instead of rolling on in regular succession, appeared to be
tossing madly about. A single streak of dark billows, not half a
cable's length in width, could be discerned running into this chaos
of water; but it was soon lost to the eye amid the confusion. Along
this narrow path the vessel moved more heavily than before, being
brought so near the wind as to keep her sails touching. The pilot
silently proceeded to the wheel, and with his own hands undertook
the steering of the ship. No noise proceeded from the frigate to
interrupt the horrid tumult of the ocean; and she entered the
channel among the breakers in dead silence.--JAMES FENIMORE COOPER:
_The Pilot_.

=28. Method in Condensation.=--The length of any piece of writing
depends upon the purpose for which it is intended. For instance, the
answer to the question, "Who was Abraham Lincoln?" might, according
to the circumstances, be given in a paragraph, in a page, or in a
chapter; or it might be expanded into a work of many volumes. If
you were required, in preparation for a written lesson in history
or geography, to read several pages, you would not be expected to
write all you had read, but to be able to condense; that is, to
omit details and select the _most important_ points. The ability
to decide which points _are_ the important ones, and which may be
omitted with least loss to the passage, will be of great value to
you in all your serious reading and study.

The following suggestions will help you in condensing:--

1. Read the whole passage through carefully.

2. Pick out the things so important that they must be retained. As a
rule, the more important the point, the greater the space the author
allots to it. Drop the minor points.

3. Arrange the facts you decide to retain in order of importance,
and in condensing the passage give most space to the most important

Read, for example, the following narrative, and notice the
condensation printed below it:--

In the reign of the great caliph, there lived in the city of Bagdad
a celebrated barber, of the name of Ali. He was famous for a steady
hand, and could shave a head, or trim your beard or whiskers, with
his eyes blindfolded. There was not a man of fashion at Bagdad who
did not employ him; and such a run of business had he that at length
he became very proud and insolent.

Firewood was always scarce and dear at Bagdad; and it happened
one day that a poor woodcutter, ignorant of the character of Ali,
stopped at his shop, to sell him a load of wood, which he had just
brought from a distance on his donkey. Ali immediately offered him
a certain sum "_for all the wood that was upon the donkey_." The
woodcutter agreed, unloaded his beast, and asked for the money.

"You have not given me all the wood yet," said the barber. "I
must have your wooden pack saddle into the bargain: that was our

"What!" said the other, in great amazement; "who ever heard of such
a bargain? It is impossible."

But after many words the overbearing barber seized the pack saddle,
wood, and all, and sent away the poor peasant in great distress. The
woodcutter then ran to the judge and stated his griefs; the judge
was one of the barber's customers, and refused to hear the case.
Then he went to a higher judge; he also patronized Ali, and made
light of the complaint.

The poor woodcutter was not disheartened, but forthwith got a scribe
to write a petition to the caliph himself. The caliph's punctuality
in reading petitions is well known, and it was not long before the
woodcutter was called to his presence. When he had approached the
caliph, he kneeled and kissed the ground; and then, folding his arms
before him, his hands covered with the sleeves of his cloak, and his
feet close together, he awaited the decision of his case.

"Friend," said the caliph, "the barber has words on his side:
you have equity on yours. The law must be defined by words, and
agreements must be made by words. The law must have its course, or
it is nothing; and agreements must be kept, or there would be no
good faith between man and man. Therefore the barber must keep all
his wood, but"--

Then calling the woodcutter close to him, the caliph whispered
something in his ear, and sent him away quite satisfied. The
woodcutter, having made obeisance, took his donkey by the halter,
and returned home.

A few days later he applied to the barber, as if nothing had
happened between them, requesting that he, _and a companion of his
from the country_, might enjoy the dexterity of his hand; and the
price for which both operations were to be performed was settled.
When the woodcutter's beard had been properly shaved, Ali asked
where his companion was. "He is standing just outside," said the
woodcutter; "he shall come in at once." Accordingly he went out, and
led in his donkey by the halter. "This is my companion," said he:
"shave him."

"Shave him!" exclaimed the barber, in a rage: "is it not enough that
I should degrade myself by touching _you_, but you must insult me by
asking me to shave your donkey? Away with you!"

The woodcutter immediately went to the caliph and related his case.
"Bring Ali and his razors to me this instant," exclaimed the caliph
to one of his officers; and in the course of ten minutes the barber
stood before him. "Why do you refuse to shave this man's companion?"
said the caliph to the barber: "was not that your agreement?" Ali,
kissing the ground, answered, "It is true, O caliph, that such was
our agreement; but who ever made a companion of a donkey before?"

"True enough," said the caliph; "but who ever thought of insisting
upon a pack saddle's being included in a load of wood? No, no, it is
the woodcutter's turn now. Shave this donkey instantly!"

So the barber was compelled to prepare a great quantity of soap, to
lather the beast from head to foot, and to shave him in the presence
of the caliph and of the whole court, whilst he was jeered and
mocked by the bystanders. The poor woodcutter was then dismissed
with a present of money; and all Bagdad resounded with the story,
and praised the justice of the caliph.

     There was once in Bagdad a barber who was so skillful that he
     was employed by all the men of fashion, and who became so proud
     that he would seldom work for any but men of rank. One day a
     poor woodcutter came to his shop to sell a load of wood. Ali
     offered him a sum of money for "all the wood upon the donkey."
     The woodcutter agreed, whereupon Ali seized the wooden pack
     saddle as well as the wood, saying it was included in the

     After in vain seeking redress from the judges, the peasant went
     to the caliph, who decided that, according to the terms made,
     the bargain must stand; but, calling the woodcutter to him, he
     whispered something in his ear.

     A few days afterward the woodcutter asked the barber to shave
     him and a companion from the country, agreeing to pay the price
     asked by the barber. After the woodcutter had been attended to,
     the barber asked for the companion, whereupon the woodcutter
     led in his donkey. The barber in rage drove them from his shop,
     but the woodcutter immediately went to the caliph and stated
     his case. The tables were now turned, for the caliph decided in
     favor of the woodcutter. The barber was obliged to shave the
     beast in the presence of the caliph and the whole court, who
     mocked at him; and the woodcutter was dismissed with a rich

     =Exercise 68.= In a similar way condense this account of the
     battle of Hastings into about two hundred words.

In the middle of the month of October, in the year one thousand and
sixty-six, the Normans and the English came front to front. All
night the armies lay encamped before each other in a part of the
country then called Senlac, now called Battle. With the first dawn
of day they arose. There, in the faint light, were the English on
a hill. A wood lay behind them, and in their midst was the royal
banner, representing a fighting warrior, woven in gold thread,
adorned with precious stones.

Beneath the banner, as it rustled in the wind, stood King Harold
on foot, with two of his remaining brothers by his side; around
them, still and silent as the dead, clustered the whole English
army--every soldier covered by his shield, and bearing in his hand
the dreaded English battle-ax.

On an opposite hill, in three lines,--archers, foot soldiers, and
horsemen,--was the Norman force. Of a sudden, a great battle cry,
"God help us!" burst from the Norman lines. The English answered
with their own battle cry, "God's Rood! Holy Rood!" The Normans then
came sweeping down the hill to attack the English.

There was one tall Norman knight who rode before the Norman army on
a prancing horse, throwing up his heavy sword and catching it, and
singing of the bravery of his countrymen. An English knight, who
rode out from the English force to meet him, fell by this knight's
hand. Another English knight rode out, and he also fell; but then a
third rode out and killed the Norman.

The English, keeping side by side in a great mass, cared no more
for the showers of Norman arrows than if they had been showers of
Norman rain. When the Norman horsemen rode against them, with their
battle-axes they cut men and horses down. The Normans gave way. The
English pressed forward. A cry went forth among the Norman troops
that Duke William was killed. Duke William took off his helmet, in
order that his face might be distinctly seen, and rode along the
line before his men. This gave them courage.

As they turned again to face the English, some of their Norman horse
divided the pursuing body of the English from the rest, and thus all
that foremost portion of the English army fell, fighting bravely.

The main body still remaining firm, heedless of the Norman arrows,
and with their battle-axes cutting down the crowds of horsemen when
they rode up, like forests of young trees, Duke William pretended to
retreat. The eager English followed. The Norman army closed again
and fell upon them with great slaughter.

"Still," said Duke William, "there are thousands of the English firm
as rocks around their king. Shoot upward, Norman archers, that your
arrows may fall down upon their faces."

The sun rose high, and sank, and the battle still raged. Through all
the wild October day, the clash and din resounded in the air. In the
red sunset, and in the white moonlight, heaps upon heaps of dead men
lay strewn, a dreadful spectacle, all over the ground.

King Harold, wounded with an arrow in the eye, was nearly blind.
His brothers were already killed. Twenty Norman knights now dashed
forward to seize the royal banner from the English knights and
soldiers, still faithfully collected round their blinded king. The
king received a mortal wound and dropped. The English broke and
fled. The Normans rallied, and the day was lost.

Oh, what a sight beneath the moon and stars when lights were shining
in the tent of the victorious Duke William, which was pitched near
the spot where Harold fell--and he and his knights were carousing
within--and soldiers with torches, going slowly to and fro without,
sought for the corpse of Harold among piles of dead--and Harold's
banner, worked in golden thread and precious stones, lay low, all
torn and soiled with blood--and the Duke's flag, with three Norman
lions upon it, kept watch over the field.--CHARLES DICKENS: _A
Child's History of England_.

     =Exercise 69.=--Condense such of the passages suggested below as
     your teacher may indicate.

1. The passage quoted on pages 88-90.

2. The passage quoted on pages 144-148 (or 182-185).

3. A passage from your text-book in history or geography.

4. An account (of a fire, for instance), from a daily or weekly

=29. Expansion.=--An exercise just the opposite of the preceding is
also highly profitable to young writers. Here, for example, are two
sentences that will suggest a good deal to you. You will see at once
that it is easy to expand them into a larger piece of writing, and
just below is an entire paragraph which is based on these sentences.

1. Lord Fairfax asked George Washington to survey his lands in
Virginia. The boy was very glad to do so, for he loved a wild and
adventurous life.

2. Lord Fairfax wished very much to have his lands in the valley of
Virginia surveyed, and he asked young George Washington if he would
undertake the work. The boy was very glad to do so. Nothing could
have pleased him better than work of this sort. He loved the open
air and horseback riding; he would delight to explore that grand and
beautiful country where Indians and wild animals still roamed at
will; and he at once began to make ready for his journey.

Here is another example of the same process:--

1. The _Mayflower_ sailed on the 16th of September. After a long and
stormy voyage the Pilgrims sighted land.

2. On the 16th of September the sails were spread once more, and
the _Mayflower_ glided out upon the waters of the broad Atlantic.
Fierce storms arose, and the vessel was tossed like an eggshell upon
the waves. The main beam was wrenched from its place, and the ship
was in danger of breaking in pieces. One passenger fell overboard
and was lost. At length, on the 19th of November, the joyful cry
of land rang through the ship. All eyes were strained to see the
welcome sight. There it was--a long reach of sandy shore with dark
forest trees in the background. The hard, dangerous voyage was
almost at an end. The Pilgrims were nearly home.

     =Exercise 70.=--You will now be ready to try this form of
     writing for yourselves. Below are given a number of short and
     suggestive statements. Expand them, using your own imagination
     to fill out the material, and trying, in each case, to make your
     sentences pleasing to the ear.

1. Rip Van Winkle was a great favorite among the good wives of the
village. The children, too, loved him, and followed him about.

2. The Catskill Mountains lie to the west of the Hudson River. They
are very beautiful.

3. The news of Lexington and Concord was sent to Philadelphia. Here
the Continental Congress was assembled. The members agreed upon
Washington as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.

=30. The Purpose of Expansion.=--We sometimes expand passages in
order to make them clearer by explanation or illustration.

EXAMPLES. 1. In the Old World there are various grades of society,
and it is almost impossible for a boy born in the lower to rise into
the higher ranks. In this country this is not so; every man is as
good as his neighbor.

2. In the aristocracies of the Old World, wealth and society are
built up like the strata of rock which compose the crust of the
earth. If a boy be born in the lowest stratum of life, it is almost
impossible for him to rise through the hard crust into the higher
ranks; but in this country it is not so. The strata of our society
resemble rather the ocean, where every drop, even the lowest, is
free to mingle with all others, and may shine at last on the crest
of the highest wave. This is the glory of our country, and you need
not fear that there are any obstacles which will prove too great for
any brave heart.

     =Exercise 71.=--Expand into a paragraph such of the following
     statements as your teacher may indicate:--

1. The early bird catches the worm.

2. If you would be well served, serve yourself.

3. For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the
horse was lost; for want of a horse, the rider was lost; for want of
the rider, the army was lost.

4. Benedict Arnold's last request, it is said, was that he might die
in his old American uniform; his last prayer, that God would forgive
him for ever having put on any other.

5. After Washington's retreat from Long Island in September, 1776,
he needed information as to the British fortifications. A young
American officer, Nathan Hale, volunteered to get the information.
While inside of the enemy's lines he was taken prisoner and hanged
as a spy. With his latest breath he regretted that he had only one
life to lose for his country.

=31. Paraphrase.=--There is just one further kind of writing, in
which the ideas are given you, that will be profitable to you as
practice. This is _paraphrase_. To paraphrase a piece of writing is
to restate it in your own words and in a simpler form.

You used one form of paraphrasing in the exercise on page 60, when
you explained figurative expressions by changing them into simpler
or plainer language. In figurative language a resemblance between
things otherwise unlike is pointed out or taken for granted, and
in order to understand the author's meaning you must be able to
discover the resemblance. By reducing the figure to plain language
you make sure that you understand it; and you are often led in this
way to see much more clearly the beauty or the force of the figure.

In a similar manner paraphrasing will aid you in understanding
difficult passages, whether in verse or in prose, which you may come
on in your reading. It is said of Lincoln that whenever he read
anything that seemed to him very difficult, he would try to express
it so simply that people who knew less than he could understand it.
Perhaps this is one reason why Lincoln's speeches and writings are
so beautifully clear.

EXAMPLES. 1. The reports of the expedition demonstrated the
practicability of establishing a line of communication across the
continent, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

     The reports of the expedition proved that it would be possible
     to build a road across the continent, from the Atlantic to the
     Pacific Ocean.

2. Two leading objects of commercial gain have given birth to
wide and daring enterprise in the early history of the Americas,
the precious metals of the south and the rich peltries of the
north. While the Spaniard, inflamed with the mania for gold,
has extended his discoveries and conquests over those brilliant
countries scorched by the ardent sun of the tropics, the Frenchman
and Englishman have pursued the no less lucrative traffic in furs
amid the hyperborean regions of the Canadas.--WASHINGTON IRVING:

     Two important objects of commerce have given birth to daring
     undertakings in the early history of North and South America.
     These are the gold and silver of the south and the rich furs
     of the north. The Spaniard, mad for gold, has explored and
     conquered the tropical countries. Meanwhile, the Frenchman and
     the Englishman have followed the equally profitable traffic in
     furs in the far northern regions of Canada.

    3. Meanwhile the choleric captain strode wrathful away to the council,
    Found it already assembled, impatiently waiting his coming;
    Men in the middle of life, austere and grave in deportment,
    Only one of them old, the hill that was nearest to heaven,
    Covered with snow, but erect, the excellent Elder of Plymouth.
--H. W. LONGFELLOW: _The Courtship of Miles Standish_.

     Meanwhile the quick-tempered captain strode wrathfully away to
     the council, which he found already assembled, and impatiently
     waiting his coming. They were middle-aged men, stern and grave
     in bearing. Only one of them was old, the excellent Elder
     of Plymouth, but he still stood erect, though his hair was
     white--like the snow cap on a tall mountain.

     =Exercise 72.=--Paraphrase the following; try to express the
     thought so simply that people who know less than you do can
     understand it.

1. It was not until the year 1776 that the fur trade regained
its old channels; but it was then pursued with much avidity and
emulation by individual merchants, and soon transcended its former
bounds.--WASHINGTON IRVING: _Astoria_.

2. It is characteristic of such a people [the Aztecs] to find a
puerile pleasure in a dazzling and ostentatious pageantry; to
mistake show for substance; vain pomp for power; to hedge round the
throne itself with barren and burdensome ceremonial, the counterfeit
of real majesty.--W. H. PRESCOTT: _The Conquest of Mexico_.

3. The messenger found access to the benignant princess and
delivered the epistle of the friar. Isabella had always been
favorably disposed to the proposition of Columbus. She wrote in
reply to Juan Perez, thanking him for his timely service, and
requesting that he would repair immediately to the court, leaving
Columbus in confident hope until he should hear further from
her.--WASHINGTON IRVING: _Life of Columbus_.

4. It cannot be disputed that the light toil requisite to cultivate
a moderately sized garden imparts such zest to kitchen vegetables as
is never found in those of the market gardener. Childless men, if
they would know something of the bliss of paternity, should plant
a seed with their own hands and nurse it from infancy to maturity
altogether by their own care.--NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE: _Mosses from an
Old Manse_.

5. Dorcas nourished her apprehensions in silence till one afternoon
when Reuben awoke from an unquiet sleep and seemed to recognize her
more perfectly than at any previous time. She saw that his intellect
had become composed, and she could no longer restrain her filial
anxiety.--_From the same_.

     =Exercise 73.=--Paraphrase the following passages:--

    1. Ah, no longer wizard Fancy
      Builds her castles in the air,
    Luring me by necromancy
      Up the never-ending stair.
    But instead she builds me bridges
      Over many a dark ravine,
    Where beneath the gusty ridges
      Cataracts dash and roar unseen.

  --H. W. LONGFELLOW: _The Bridge of Cloud_.

    2. For a cap and bells our lives we pay,
      Bubbles we buy with a whole soul's tasking;
    'Tis heaven alone that is given away,
      'Tis only God may be had for the asking;
    No price is set on the lavish summer;
    June may be had by the poorest comer.

  --J. R. LOWELL: _The Vision of Sir Launfal_.

    3. Oh, for festal dainties spread,
    Like my bowl of milk and bread;
    Pewter spoon and bowl of wood,
    On the door stone, gray and rude!
    O'er me, like a regal tent,
    Cloudy-ribbed, the sunset bent,
    Purple-curtained, fringed with gold,
    Looped in many a wind-swung fold;
    While for music came the play
    Of the pied frogs' orchestra;
    And, to light the noisy choir,
    Lit the fly his lamp of fire.
    I was monarch: pomp and joy
    Waited on the barefoot boy.
--J. G. WHITTIER: _The Barefoot Boy_.

=32. Paraphrase of Complete Compositions.=--It is also sometimes
a helpful exercise to paraphrase, not an extract, but a complete
poem or short piece of prose, in order to make sure that you
understand it thoroughly. This often requires a good deal of study,
for details, which you had not at first noticed, but which are
essential to the meaning, need to be carefully thought out.

Read, for example, Longfellow's delightful poem, _Walter Von der
Vogelweid_ and then the paraphrase that follows.

    Vogelweid the Minnesinger,
      When he left this world of ours,
    Laid his body in the cloister,
      Under Würtzburg's minster towers.

    And he gave the monks his treasures,
      Gave them all with his behest:
    They should feed the birds at noontide
      Daily on his place of rest;

    Saying, "From these wandering minstrels
      I have learned the art of song;
    Let me now repay the lessons
      They have taught so well and long."

    Thus the bard of love departed;
      And, fulfilling his desire,
    On his tomb the birds were feasted
      By the children of the choir.

    Day by day, o'er tower and turret,
      In foul weather and in fair,
    Day by day, in vaster numbers,
      Flocked the poets of the air.

    On the tree, whose heavy branches
      Overshadowed all the place,
    On the pavement, on the tombstone,
      On the poet's sculptured face,

    On the crossbars of each window,
      On the lintel of each door,
    They renewed the War of Wartburg,
      Which the bard had fought before.

    There they sang their merry carols,
      Sang their lauds on every side;
    And the name their voices uttered
      Was the name of Vogelweid.

    Till at length the portly abbot
      Murmured, "Why this waste of food?
    Be it changed to loaves henceforward
      For our fasting brotherhood."

    Then in vain o'er tower and turret,
      From the walls and woodland nests,
    When the minster bells rang noontide,
      Gathered the unwelcome guests.

    Then in vain, with cries discordant,
      Clamorous round the Gothic spire,
    Screamed the feathered Minnesingers
      For the children of the choir.

    Time has long effaced the inscriptions
      On the cloister's funeral stones,
    And tradition only tells us
      Where repose the poet's bones.

    But around the vast cathedral,
      By sweet echoes multiplied,
    Still the birds repeat the legend,
      And the name of Vogelweid.

Walter Von der Vogelweid was an old German Minnesinger, that
is, a poet who sang of love, and his name means Walter of the
Bird-meadow. When he passed from this world, his body was laid in
the cloister under the towers of the cathedral of Würtzburg. He gave
all his property to the monks, on condition that they should feed
the birds that flew about his grave. "For," said he, "I want to
repay the birds, who have taught me the art of song."

Every noon, as Walter had desired, the children of the choir fed the
birds about his tomb. Day after day, in larger and larger numbers,
these small wandering minstrels flocked to be fed, in fair or stormy
weather. On the tree that overshadowed his grave, on the pavement,
on the tombstone, even on the face of the marble statue of the
poet, they would cluster, singing in rivalry as he had once sung in
competition with other poets at the castle of Wartburg. And in their
carols was always the name of Vogelweid.

At last the abbot determined that this waste of food should not
continue, but that loaves of bread should be bought instead for
the fasting priests. After this the birds clamored in vain for the
children who had fed them.

Time has long since worn away the inscription on the tombstone of
the cloister, and now there is nothing to tell us where the poet's
bones rest; but around the cathedral the sweet voices of the birds
still repeat the story and the name of Walter Von der Vogelweid.

     =Exercise 74.= Paraphrase such complete poems or prose passages
     as your teacher may indicate.

Suggested poems:--1. Longfellow's _The Legend of the Crossbill_,
or _The Wreck of the Hesperus_. 2. Tennyson's _Lady Clare_. 3.
Browning's _An Incident of the French Camp_. 4. Scott's _Lochinvar_.
5. Campbell's _Lord Ullin's Daughter_. 6. Bayard Taylor's _A Song
of the Camp_. 7. Whittier's _Telling the Bees_. 8. Kingsley's _The
Sands o' Dee_. 9. Leigh Hunt's _Abou Ben Adhem_. 10. Lowell's _The



=33. Whole Compositions.=--You have now studied the combination
of words into sentences and the combination of sentences into
paragraphs. You must meanwhile have guessed that there is a still
larger process of composition,--the combining of paragraphs into the
essay or chapter or book. This process we must now examine briefly.

Read the following passage, which, to be sure, is not exactly a
whole composition in itself, for it forms a part of a long essay on
a visit to Shakspere's birthplace. It is sufficiently long, however,
to show how paragraphs are combined.

     I had come to Stratford on a poetical pilgrimage. My first
     visit was to the house where Shakspere was born, and where,
     according to tradition, he was brought up to his father's craft
     of wool-combing. It is a small, mean-looking edifice of wood
     and plaster, a true nestling place of genius, which seems to
     delight in hatching its offspring in by-corners. The walls of
     its squalid chambers are covered with names and inscriptions
     in every language, by pilgrims of all nations, ranks, and
     conditions, from the prince to the peasant; and present a
     simple, but striking instance of the spontaneous and universal
     homage of mankind to the great poet of nature.

     The house is shown by a garrulous old lady, in a frosty red
     face, lighted up by a cold blue anxious eye, and garnished
     with artificial locks of flaxen hair, curling from under
     an exceedingly dirty cap. She was peculiarly assiduous in
     exhibiting the relics with which this, like all other celebrated
     shrines, abounds. There was the shattered stock of the very
     matchlock with which Shakspere shot the deer, on his poaching
     exploits. There, too, was his tobacco box; which proves that he
     was a rival smoker of Sir Walter Raleigh; the sword also with
     which he played Hamlet; and the identical lantern with which
     Friar Laurence discovered Romeo and Juliet at the tomb!

     The most favorite object of curiosity, however, is Shakspere's
     chair. It stands in the chimney nook of a small gloomy chamber,
     just behind what was his father's shop. Here he may many a time
     have sat when a boy, watching the slowing revolving spit with
     all the longing of an urchin; or of an evening, listening to the
     cronies and gossips of Stratford, dealing forth churchyard tales
     and legendary anecdotes of the troublesome times of England.
     In this chair it is the custom of every one that visits the
     house to sit: whether this be done with the hope of imbibing
     any of the inspiration of the bard I am at a loss to say--I
     merely mention the fact; and mine hostess privately assured me,
     that, though built of solid oak, such was the fervent zeal of
     devotees, that the chair had to be new bottomed at least once in
     three years. It is worthy of notice also, in the history of this
     extraordinary chair, that it partakes something of the volatile
     nature of the Santa Casa of Loretto, or the flying chair of the
     Arabian enchanter; for though sold some few years since to a
     northern princess, yet, strange to tell, it has found its way
     back again to the old chimney.

     I am always of easy faith in such matters, and am ever willing
     to be deceived, where the deceit is pleasant and costs nothing.
     I am therefore a ready believer in relics, legends, and local
     anecdotes of goblins and great men; and would advise all
     travelers who travel for their gratification to be the same.
     What is it to us, whether these stories be true or false, so
     long as we can persuade ourselves into the belief of them,
     and enjoy all the charms of the reality? There is nothing
     like resolute good-humored credulity in these matters; and on
     this occasion I went even so far as willingly to believe the
     claims of mine hostess to a lineal descent from the poet, when,
     unluckily for my faith, she put into my hands a play of her
     own composition, which set all belief in her consanguinity at
     defiance.--WASHINGTON IRVING: _Stratford-on-Avon_.

You will notice that the opening sentences give you a hint of what
is coming. You will also notice that the author has a separate
thought for each paragraph:--

     1. The house in general.
     2. The relics exhibited by the housekeeper.
     3. The most interesting relic; its history.
     4. The author's "good-humored credulity."

These thoughts, when taken together, build up in the reader's mind a
larger thought, just as the thoughts expressed in each sentence in
a paragraph, when taken together, build up in the reader's mind a
smaller idea.

Furthermore, you will notice how careful the writer has been to
build up that idea in the reader's mind clearly and easily. He began
with a thought that was easy to grasp and that gave you a hint of
what was coming.

Here is another good instance of an author's skill in planning his

     Let us consider briefly the structure of the earth, studying
     first its crust, second its interior, third its atmosphere.

     It has been found that what is called the earth's crust--that
     is, the outside of the earth, as the peel is the outside of an
     orange--is composed of various rocks of different kinds and
     ages, all of them, however, belonging to two great classes:
     stratified [that is, deposited in layers] rocks and igneous
     [made by fire] rocks. The stratified rocks have been deposited
     by water, principally by the sea. This is proved by two facts:
     first, in their formation they resemble the beds lying deposited
     by water at the present time; secondly, they nearly all contain
     remains of fishes and shell-fish. Such remains, being dug out of
     the earth, are called fossils, from the Latin _fossilis_, dug.
     The whole series of sedimentary rocks have been disturbed by
     eruptions of volcanic materials. Molten rock ejected from the
     interior of the earth and cooling form the igneous rocks we have
     spoken of. They are easily distinguished from the sedimentary
     rock, as they have no appearance of stratification and contain
     no fossils.

     We have numerous proofs that the interior of the earth is at a
     high temperature at present, although its surface has cooled.
     Our deepest mines are so hot that, without a perpetual current
     of cold air it would be impossible for the miners to live
     in them. The water brought up in artesian wells is found to
     increase in temperature one degree for from fifty to fifty-five
     feet of depth. In the hot lava emitted from volcanoes we have
     further evidence of this internal heat. It has been calculated
     that the temperature of the earth increases as we descend at
     the rate of one degree Fahrenheit in a little over fifty feet.
     We shall therefore have a temperature of two thousand seven
     hundred degrees at a depth of twenty-eight miles. At this
     temperature everything which we are acquainted with would be in
     a state of fusion.

     We now pass to the atmosphere, which may be likened to a
     great ocean, covering the earth to a height not yet exactly
     determined. This height is generally supposed to be forty-five
     or fifty miles, but there is evidence to show that we have an
     atmosphere of some kind at a height of four hundred or five
     hundred miles. The chemical composition by weight of one hundred
     parts of the atmosphere at present is as follows: nitrogen,
     seventy-seven parts; oxygen, twenty-three parts. Besides these
     two main constituents, we have carbonic acid, whose quantity
     varies with the locality; aqueous vapor, variable with the
     temperature and humidity; and a trace of ammonia.--Adapted from
     LOCKYER'S _Astronomy_.

Here, as before, you will notice that the author has a separate idea
for each paragraph, as follows:--

  1. The three parts of the earth.
  2. The crust.
  3. The interior.
  4. The atmosphere.

He has also begun in this case with a paragraph that states
precisely what plan he is going to follow; namely, that he will
treat the subject under three heads.

=34. Outlines.=--A full outline of the selection would be as

  I. Introduction.
      _A._ Announces whole topic.
      _B._ Names subdivisions--_crust, interior, atmosphere_.
  II. Crust.
      _A._ Composed of two kinds of rocks:--
          1. Stratified.
          2. Igneous.
  III. Interior.
      _A._ Heat (proofs).
      _B._ Molten state.
  IV. Atmosphere.
      _A._ Height.
      _B._ Chemical composition.

Now read the following composition:--


     No touch in the history of the minstrel-king David gives us a
     more warm and personal feeling toward him than his longing for
     the water at the well of Bethlehem. Standing as the incident
     does in the summary of the characters of his mighty men, it is
     apt to appear to us as if it had taken place in his latter days;
     but such is not the case. It befell while he was still under
     thirty, in the time of his persecution by Saul.

     It was when the last attempt at reconciliation with the king
     had been made, when the affectionate parting with the generous
     and faithful Jonathan had taken place, when Saul was hunting
     him like a partridge on the mountains on the one side, and the
     Philistines had nearly taken his life on the other, that David,
     outlawed, yet loyal at the heart, sent his aged parents to the
     land of Moab for refuge, and himself took up his abode in the
     caves of the wild limestone hills that had become familiar to
     him when he was a shepherd. Brave captain and heaven-destined
     king as he was, his name attracted round him a motley group of
     those that were in distress, or in debt, or discontented, and
     among them were the "mighty men" whose brave deeds won them the
     foremost parts in that army with which David was to fulfill the
     ancient promises to his people. There were his three nephews,
     Joab, the ferocious and imperious, the chivalrous Abishai, and
     Asahel, the fleet of foot; there was the warlike Levite Benaiah,
     who slew lions and lionlike men, and others who, like David
     himself, had done battle with the gigantic sons of Anak. Yet
     even these valiant men, so wild and lawless, could be kept in
     check by the voice of their young captain; and outlaws as they
     were, they spoiled no peaceful villages, they lifted not their
     hands against the persecuting monarch, and the neighboring farms
     lost not one lamb through their violence. Some at least listened
     to the song of their warlike minstrel:--

    "Come, ye children, and hearken to me:
    I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
    What man is he that lustest to live,
    And would fain see good days?
    Let him refrain his tongue from evil
    And his lips that they speak no guile;
    Let him eschew evil and do good;
    Let him seek peace and ensue it."

     With such strains as these, sung to his harp, the warrior
     gained the hearts of his men to enthusiastic love, and gathered
     followers on all sides, among them eleven fierce men of Gad,
     with faces like lions and feet swift as roes, who swam the
     Jordan in time of flood, and fought their way to him, putting
     all enemies in the valleys to flight.

     But the Eastern sun burnt on the bare rocks. A huge fissure,
     opening in the mountain ridge, encumbered at the bottom with
     broken rocks, with precipitous banks scarcely affording a
     footing for the wild goats,--such is the spot where, upon a
     cleft on the steep precipice, still remains the foundations of
     the "hold," or tower, believed to have been David's retreat; and
     near at hand is the low-browed entrance of the galleried cave,
     alternating between narrow passages and spacious halls, but all
     oppressively hot and close. Waste and wild, without a bush or a
     tree, in the feverish atmosphere of Palestine, it was a desolate
     region, and at length the wanderer's heart fainted in him, as
     he thought of his own home, with its rich and lovely terraced
     slopes, green with wheat, trellised with vines, and clouded with
     gray olive, and of the cool cisterns of living waters by the
     gate of which he loved to sing,--

    "He shall feed me in a green pasture,
    And lead me forth beside the waters of comfort."

     His parched longing lips gave utterance to the sigh, "O that one
     would give me to drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem
     that is by the gate!"

     Three of his brave men, apparently Abishai, Benaiah, and
     Eleazar, heard the wish. Between their mountain fastness and the
     dearly-loved spring lay the host of the Philistines; but their
     love for their leader feared no enemies. It was not only water
     that he longed for, but the water from the fountain which he had
     loved in his childhood. They descended from their chasm, broke
     through the midst of the enemy's army, and drew the water from
     the favorite spring, bearing it back, once again through the
     foe, to the tower upon the rock! Deeply moved was their chief at
     this act of self-devotion,--so much moved that the water seemed
     to him too sacred to be put to his own use. "May God forbid it
     me that I should do this thing. Shall I drink the blood of these
     men that have put their lives in jeopardy, for with the jeopardy
     of their lives they brought it?" And as a hallowed and precious
     gift, he poured out unto the Lord the water obtained at the
     price of such peril to his followers.--CHARLOTTE YONGE: _A Book
     of Golden Deeds_.

Notice the arrangement of the paragraphs in _The Cup of Water_,
and study the way in which they are connected. Thus, in ¶ 1, the
persecution of David by Saul is spoken of. ¶ 2 carries on the
thought by speaking of David's attempt at reconciliation with Saul
and ends with a song of David. ¶ 3 opens with a reference to this
song--"with such strains as these," etc. ¶ 4 is connected with ¶ 3
by _but_ and ends with the expression of David's longing. ¶ 5 opens
with direct reference to _the wish_.

The following is an outline of the composition:--

  I. Introduction.
      _A._ The incident gives us a warm feeling for him.
      _B._ It occurred when he was still a young man.
  II. Situation.
      _A._ David in hiding.
      _B._ His valiant followers.
      _C._ David's influence over them.
  III. The devotion of his followers.
  IV. What led David to wish for the water.
      _A._ The heat.
      _B._ The barren region.
      _C._ His memories of the cool spring at Bethlehem.
  V. The wish fulfilled.
      _A._ Expedition of the three valiant men.
      _B._ Their return.
      _C._ David's noble deed.

     =Exercise 75.=--Prepare outlines of passages indicated by the

=35. Essentials in a Whole Composition.=--Your study of the
preceding models and your practice in making outlines must have
shown you some of the things a long composition should have. Let us
now gather up these points.

You have learned that both the sentence and the paragraph must
have unity. The longer composition must also have _unity_. As in
the paragraph everything must relate to one topic, so in the long
composition everything must relate to one larger topic. Suppose
that your subject is "Benjamin Franklin the Statesman"; you would
then omit facts about Franklin's boyhood, also those about his
discoveries in science, since, important and interesting as these
facts are, they do not bear directly on the topic.

In a good composition, one paragraph leads up to or suggests
another. Look again at the passage on page 88. In ¶ 1 the house
itself is described. In ¶ 2 we are taken inside by the housekeeper,
who exhibits the relics. ¶ 3 gives a more detailed account of one
relic in particular (Shakspere's chair). Doubts of its authenticity
naturally lead to the author's little talk on relics in general,
which you find in ¶ 4. Very often, although not always, you will
find paragraphs joined by connecting words; but there should
_always_ be connection in thought.

In the chapter on _Condensation_ you are directed to decide
carefully as to the relative importance of the different points
treated, and to treat _the most important points at the greatest

Remember, then, that everything in your composition should treat
of one theme; that the paragraphs should follow each other in an
orderly way, each one carrying on the thought suggested by the
preceding paragraph; and that the most important points should be
treated _at the greatest length_.

=36. How to Plan an Essay.=--Let us suppose that you take as your
subject for a composition _The Cotton Gin_. Read all you can find
on the subject, jotting down points of interest, such as the

     Boyhood of Whitney. His visit to the South. He becomes
     interested in problem of cleaning seeds from cotton wool. The
     method of removing seeds before the invention. Condition of
     cotton industry in the South. Description of cotton gin. Eli
     Whitney's attempts to make a machine. His success. Result of
     invention as to cotton raising. Whitney's character. Relation
     between slavery and the cotton gin. Effect of invention as
     to manufacturing at North. Amount of cotton exported after
     invention. Price of cotton before invention; after invention.

From this mass of material you must choose the important facts. Keep
only the facts that bear upon your topic. _Reject everything else._
The result would be somewhat as follows:--


     Condition of cotton industry before invention of cotton gin.

     Method of removing seeds before invention of cotton gin.

     Price of cotton.

     Whitney becomes interested in problem.

     His first attempt to make a machine.

     His success.

     Price of cotton after invention of cotton gin.

     Description of Whitney's cotton gin.

     Result of invention as to cotton raising.

     Relation between slavery and the cotton gin.

     Amount of cotton exported after the invention.

     Effect of invention on manufacturing at the North.


     Boyhood of Whitney.

     Visit to South.

     Whitney's character.

These points are rejected because they do not bear directly upon the
main theme, although suggested by it.

Close attention to the selection of material in this way will give
your composition _unity_.

After selecting your facts, the next point is to arrange them in an
orderly way, so that one paragraph will lead naturally to the next.
You would then have some such arrangement as this:--

  I. Condition of cotton industry before invention of cotton gin.
      _A._ Method of removing seeds before invention of cotton gin.
      _B._ Price of cotton.

  II. Whitney's solution of the problem.
      _A._ His first attempt to make a machine.
      _B._ His success.
      _C._ Description of Whitney's cotton gin.

  III. Result of invention.
      _A._ Price of cotton after invention of cotton gin.
      _B._ Amount of cotton exported after the invention.
      _C._ Effect of invention on manufacturing at the North.
      _D._ Relation between slavery and the cotton gin.

Here, for further illustration, is a similar outline for a
composition on _cotton_.

  I. Description of plant.
      _A._ Root.
      _B._ Stem.
      _C._ Leaves.
      _D._ Flowers.
      _E._ Cotton boll.
      _F._ Seeds.

  II. Where grown.
      _A._ Of what country a native.
      _B._ Where grown most extensively.

  III. Preparation.
      _A._ Picking.
      _B._ Ginning.
      _C._ Packing.

  IV. Manufacturing.
      _A._ Articles manufactured.

  V. History of Plant.
      _A._ Discovery.
      _B._ In America before invention of cotton gin.
      _C._ In America after invention of cotton gin.
      _D._ Value to-day.

     =Exercise 76.=--I. Make outlines for composition on such topics
     as the teacher indicates.

     Suggested topics:--

  1. Our Fourth-of-July Celebration.
  2. The Lost Child.
  3. Tobacco.
  4. The Battle of Bull Run.

II. Write compositions, using the outlines you have made. Be sure
you reject everything, no matter how interesting, that does not
relate to your subject. Arrange your paragraphs carefully, using
connecting words when possible. Treat the most important facts at
greatest length.



=37. The Great Essential.=--We have now discussed certain matters
which will be of service to you if you write your thoughts for
others to read. Will these principles still hold if you speak your
thoughts for others to hear? Yes, in the main; but you must remember
that in the one case the persons you address have simply to _read_;
if they do not understand, they can simply look back and reread. In
the other case, the persons you address are listening, and they must
understand each sentence as it comes to them, for of course any one
in an audience cannot stop a speaker because he fails to hear a word
or a phrase. A speaker must therefore, first of all, take pains that
each person in his audience hears clearly every word he says.

=38. How to be Heard.=--If you wish to speak so that every one in
your audience can hear all that you say, you must take pains about
several things:--

1. _Proper Position._--Speech is sound produced by a stream of air
forced from the lungs (as from a bellows) and striking against
certain cords in the throat. By altering the tightness of these
cords and by changing the position of the palate, tongue, and
teeth, we change the character of the sound. If we are to speak to
a considerable number of people, then, we must make sure that all
this bodily machinery works with special ease and force, and first
of all, that the lungs (the bellows) move freely. This means that
they must have space to work, and this in turn means that we must
stand erect, with the shoulders thrown back, the chest out, and
the stomach in. The body should not be held stiffly or else the
throat muscles are likely to become rigid also; but we should stand
naturally, and firmly, not as if we were about to tumble over or to
jump, but as if we were ready to speak quietly to our friends--which
is just what we are to do.

2. _Proper Breathing._--We should breathe slowly, regularly, and
deeply, from the abdomen rather than from the top of the lungs. If
we breathe too fast or too irregularly, we shall speak in a rapid,
jerky way, and find it very difficult to make ourselves understood.

3. _Proper Use of the Muscles of the Throat and Mouth._--We must
be careful not to cramp the muscles of the throat, but to let them
move easily. We can thus produce a loud clear tone without tiring
ourselves unduly. If the head does not hang down, if the mouth is
opened wide, and the throat muscles are allowed to work freely,
without rigidity, the voice will be clear and distinct.

4. _Proper Pitch._--We must be sure (particularly the girls) not to
pitch the voice too high, as if it were a siren whistle or a fife.
A clear, rather low-pitched voice is the most pleasant to hear. We
must be careful, too, not to talk (as so many of us do) through our
noses. A nasal voice is almost always a disagreeable voice.

5. _Clear Articulation._--So much for the voice in general;
now, last of all, we must be careful to pronounce clearly, to
_articulate_ distinctly, that is, to give each syllable its proper
value. Of course we do not ordinarily like to listen to a very
prim and precise speaker, who pronounces every syllable with equal
distinctness, uttering sharply, for instance, the _d_ in such an
unimportant word as _and_. It is the custom of our language to
distinguish between the accented syllables, which we pronounce
distinctly, and the unaccented syllables, over which we pass
lightly. But, on the other hand, we do not like to listen to the
slovenly speaker, who drops entirely the _d_ in _and_ and the _g_ in
_ing_, and who sounds all his vowels very much alike. In this matter
of articulation, you will do well to take some older person, a good
speaker or reader, as a model, and to imitate him or her. Practice
reading aloud to your friends, standing sometimes at the very end of
the room, or at the end of a suite of rooms, as far as possible from
your hearers, asking any one of them to interrupt you the moment
that anything you say is not distinctly heard.

=39. Pronunciation.=--As to pronunciation, you must remember that
often custom is not uniform. There are sometimes two or even more
ways of pronouncing a word, both or all of which are given in the
dictionaries; and occasionally there is a thoroughly proper way of
pronouncing a word which the men who make the dictionaries have
unfortunately omitted, but which is used by many educated and
cultivated people. In general, you should use the pronunciation
of the most intelligent and respected people you know, and in
particular that of your teacher and your school. It is quite
proper and desirable that every school or teacher should establish
its own custom for words which are usually pronounced in one of
several ways, and the pupil should do his best to conform, for the
convenience of all, to the custom of the class or the school in this

=40. A Plan Necessary.=--There is no other important difference
which you need now consider between oral composition and written
composition. In both it is better, before you begin, to think
carefully over what you have to say. In oral composition, as in
written, it is wise to make a plan, and you can make it in precisely
the same way.

     NOTE FOR THE TEACHER.--It does not seem necessary to insert
     special exercises in oral composition. Almost any of the
     exercises from the following chapters may be used with



=41. The Value of a Diary.=--The diary is the simplest form of
writing, for you are writing for yourself, making for yourself a
record of your life. What do you think should go in a diary? If your
parents had kept one when they were your age, what would you have
found most interesting now? A great many things which they would
have taken for granted would seem odd to you, _i.e._ no telephone,
big stoves in the class room, different studies, etc. If a boy in
China kept a diary, what would you find most interesting? Some
account of his games, of his playmates, of the look of the streets
he passed through, of how he felt towards his teacher, etc. Bear
these points in mind, for when you grow older, though you will not
live in another land or another generation, you will be very far
from your school-days, and your diary should make a picture of them
for you. If you had been able to keep a diary when you were six or
seven, what would you now read in it with most interest? The ideal
is to set down at the end of the day a reminder of it, so that when
you look at it you will remember what made that day different from
every other. This is not possible always, but as a matter of fact
every day has some special features, if it is only the weather.

From a practical point of view, the diary is a great aid to
letter-writing, since it really forms the notes for a narrative
of your life. It often settles disputes about the date on which
something was done; it furnishes data for calculations in planning;
_i.e._ you wish to have an early spring picnic, and, consulting your
diary, find that on the 20th of March of the year before you were in
the woods without an overcoat and found arbutus; or you wish to get
up an entertainment, and turn back in your diary for the description
of one you saw during the summer. It gives you material for writing
exercises for your English work; for instance, the entry, "To-day we
went to Aunt Julia's to help pick cherries; I was almost bitten by
their dog when we came down from the tree," is really the outline
for a short story, if you make your note on it sufficient to bring
the picture up before your mind.

=42. Contents of a Diary.=--No two diaries should be alike, but
certain things should always be noted so as to make a continuous
record, even if they do not seem of special interest; _i.e._ the
weather (very briefly if it is nothing unusual), the movements of
the family (if any one is away or just returned), the health of
the family (this only if any one is ill), what the general news of
school is (if any special event of school life has taken place), and
what you yourself have been doing. You may sometimes think that you
have done nothing worth putting down, but anything that has made
the day different from the day before is worth writing. Do not try
to make entries for different days of same length. Try to cultivate
the ability to pick out the details of an incident which will make
_you_ remember it most distinctly. Later on, in letter writing and
description, you will have to select details which will bring a
picture most clearly before the minds of other people, but in your
diary you are freer. In your entry after an afternoon's sledding,
for instance, it may be sufficient for you to say: "Went sledding
on Holmes's hill. Weather very cold, with a high wind, that sent
the snow flying. Broke my sled, trying to make the corner curve
too fast. The whole crowd of us come home together, taking turns
in pulling each other and playing Eskimos, and I almost frosted my
nose." If those were the important events of the afternoon to you,
they should bring up the whole picture before you, so that you could
see it clearly enough to remember all the other details that would
be necessary to give any one else an idea of what the expedition was

It is absolutely essential that the entry for each day should be
made while it is fresh in your mind; do _not_ wait for several days,
and then "write up" your diary. A short entry on the day of the
occurrence is worth more than a page written a week later.

After the school news, and what you yourself have done, enter
anything unusual which any one you know has done, or any change of
conditions at home; _i.e._ that it is preserving time and the house
is full of odor of cooking fruit; that it is near Christmas, and you
worked with the others on making wreaths for the decorations of the
church. You will find that a brief record of your work at school,
how you succeeded and how you failed, what you found hard and why,
is of real use to you.

=43. Imaginary Diaries.=--After you have formed the habit of making
every day a picture of your own actual life, try making a similar
picture of the life of an imaginary person. Take any period you have
studied in your history and try to make a diary of a boy or girl who
lived in that time.

     =Exercise 77.=--1. A Puritan boy in the first winter of the stay
     of the Puritan fathers in New England; choose a week when they
     first land, and a week when spring begins to come. Bring out the
     difference in his feelings.

     2. A girl in Dutch Manhattan. Tell the story of the taking of
     Manhattan by the English as it would have appeared to her. From
     your study of the customs and habits of the time, write a week's
     entries of her holiday week, Christmas customs, etc.

     3. An Indian boy: a week's diary in the West, on the plains,
     etc., and then later, a week's entries after he arrives at the
     Indian school and is being taught the customs of the white men.

     4. Diary of a week spent as you would like best to spend it.
     Diary of an imaginary week in the country; in the city; in South
     America; on an ocean voyage; during a week's illness.

     5. Diary of the inhabitant of any country you are studying in
     your geography lessons.

=44. The Class Diary.=--If there is not already such a custom in
your class room, it is a good thing for you to start a class diary,
or record of the year's school work and activities. This aims to
do the same thing for the class that your personal diary does for
your own life, and in it should be written all that makes the life
of each school day or week distinctive. This book is left in your
class room, to form one of a series of such records, which will be
of increasing interest as the years go on. Any large blank book may
be used for this purpose, and great care should be taken to keep
the record very neatly written. Nothing should be entered until all
corrections have been made, so that a fair copy may be written.

Sometimes, when only the larger events are to be chronicled, it is
better that this record be set down by weeks, rather than by days.
A good plan is to divide the class into committees of four or five
each, who take charge of noting down the happenings of the week.
They write the entry, read it to the class for suggestions and
criticisms, and set it down in the class diary.

It is well to have fixed a certain number of items which are to be
noted regularly, and these may be divided among the members of the
committee for the week. For instance, one may make it his business
to note the weather, the temperature, the wind, or any unusual
conditions out of doors; another, the advance of the seasons, the
day when the first robin arrives, or when the first definite signs
of winter were seen, whether this be the falling of the last leaves,
the first snowstorm, or the fact that the street cars are heated;
another may take as his share the state of the studies of the class,
unusual lessons, if any, and the progress made in the regular ones;
another, any items of general interest in other classes in the
school. A record of all manner of items may be kept here,--facts
which the class is interested in keeping, such as the attendance
for each day, or the average attendance for the week, the average
percentage of the class in any study, etc.

For special events,--entertainments, debates, excursions,
etc.,--there may be a member of the committee delegated to report,
or the accounts may be written as an exercise, and the best one
selected by the committee or teacher.

The entry for the week should be made up of these various reports,
entered neatly in the class diary, and signed by the pupils
composing the committee.



=45. Various Kinds of Letters.=--You have seen that the diary or
journal is the most informal and simple form of written expression,
since it is intended, as a rule, for the writer only. The letter is
less personal than the diary, because it is addressed to one other
person; but it is more personal than general writing (description,
stories, etc.), which is addressed to a number of persons, most of
whom the writer does not know. Letters differ widely according to
their purposes, but the merit of any sort of a letter may be judged
by putting yourself in the place of the person receiving it, and
trying to feel whether you would be satisfied by it.

Letters may be classified as follows according to their purposes:--

     1. To bridge over, as far as possible, a separation between
     people who know each other well, and to take the place of a
     conversation between them. _Friendly letters._

     2. To arrange matters of social intercourse in the most correct
     and pleasing manner, to extend and accept or refuse invitations,
     etc. _Social letters._

     3. To give information or ask questions as clearly as possible.
     _Business letters._

     4. To give information or ask questions as briefly as is
     consistent with perfect clearness. _Telegrams._

     5. To take the place of going about and telling many people the
     same thing. _Notices._

     6. To present a request for a favor in the most persuasive
     manner. _Petitions._

=46. Friendly Letters.=--There are five main parts to every letter:
(1) the heading; (2) the salutation; (3) the body, or what is
written; (4) the complimentary ending; (5) the conclusion. In a
friendly letter the heading, which consists of the post-office
address of the writer and the date of writing, is sometimes omitted,
although it is always best to write the date, even in letters of the
greatest intimacy. Some of the usual salutations in letters to near
friends or relatives are: My dear Mother, Dear Father, Dear Mary,
My dear Mrs. Smith, My dear Aunt Martha. According to the degree
of intimacy the usual complimentary endings are: Sincerely yours,
Very sincerely yours, Cordially yours, Heartily yours, Yours ever,
Affectionately yours, Yours lovingly, Your loving daughter, Your
affectionate son, etc. In letters to members of the family or close
friends the first name only is sometimes signed.

The following are good typical forms for friendly letters:--


                               DORSET, N.H.,
                               May 10, 1906.



              Faithfully yours,
                                JAMES MEYER.

                  BUTTE, April 16, Thursday.



                Your affectionate son,


The ideal in friendly letters is to write to your correspondent
what you would say to him if you could see him, and to answer the
questions he would put to you. If you are away on a visit, for
instance, the questions he would probably ask are, "What sort of a
place is it where you are? Are you having a good time? What are you
doing to amuse yourself?" Try to think what sort of a letter you
would like to have him write if he were away, and write accordingly.

Although you wish to write naturally and almost as though you were
talking, it is best to make out a list of the really important
things you wish to say, or you will find that you have come to the
end of your letter without stating some vital facts you wished your
friend to know. It has been said that a friendly letter should be
like a conversation, but you must remember that it is a conversation
limited in time. If you were about to see your friend for only a
half hour, it would be well to think of a few main facts you wished
to tell him, or questions you wish him to answer, and bear them
in mind; otherwise your time might come to an end before you had
said the important things. Even for the most informal letter it is
always best to make an outline, although it may be a very brief one.

Suppose you wish to describe the way in which you spent Christmas
away from home. Probably nothing very unusual happened, and you may
think an outline unnecessary; but you will find, even in relating
the facts of one day, that if you do not have some plan and keep in
your mind the main events in their proper order, you will be likely
to write a confused and incomplete account of what you did. Some
such outline as the following is needed:--

     INTRODUCTION. The place where I was,--city, country, or village;
     the weather; general conditions. (This information can be given
     as briefly as you please, in a paragraph, but it is essential to
     understanding what you say about Christmas Day itself.)

     MAIN BODY OF THE LETTER. _Morning._ Why we hung up our
     stockings, and how we received our presents. _Dinner._ How we
     helped prepare it, and any special features of it. _Afternoon._
     Coasting. _Evening._ Charades, and the one we thought
     particularly good.

     ENDING. Inquiries about your friend's Christmas, friendly
     greetings, and the close.

A letter written on the above outline follows:--

                                          NEWTONVILLE, WIS.
                                           January 2, 1906.


     I promised you before the holidays began that I would let you
     know how I had spent my Christmas, but the last day of the
     vacation has come and I have not written you a line. The
     truth is that I have been having such a good time every minute
     that I have not realized how fast the week has been going. You
     remember my big cousin who goes to the State University, don't
     you? He came to visit our school once, last winter. His father,
     my uncle, invited our family to come out here and have a real
     "country Christmas" on his farm, and here we have been since the
     day after school closed. He lives in a fine, large farmhouse,
     with room enough in it for his big family and ours, too. We are
     three miles from town, but there are plenty of horses to drive,
     and the air is so bracing and the weather so clear and cold that
     we don't mind the walk. Besides that, there are such a lot of us
     that nobody ever has to go alone. I never knew what fun it is to
     be in a big family. There is always somebody ready for a tramp
     whenever you want to go out, and in the evenings it is like
     being at a party all the time.

     On Christmas eve we hung up our stockings, even the grown-ups.
     That was for the little children, who still think there is a
     Santa Claus. There was hardly room enough along the mantelpiece
     for them all, and the next morning, when they were all full and
     knobby, they actually overlapped. Christmas morning we were all
     up ever so early. Before it was really light, my big cousin
     was around knocking at the doors, calling us to breakfast and
     shouting, "Merry Christmas!" We scrambled into our clothes and
     raced downstairs to breakfast, and then to the stockings. We
     pretended we thought Santa Claus had just that minute gone, and
     you ought to have seen the little girls look up the chimney
     after him.

     By the time everybody had looked at all his own presents and the
     things other people had, it was time to begin thinking about
     dinner. We helped get it. I shouldn't be surprised if we were
     more in the way than a help, but it was lots of fun. The girls
     worked around in the kitchen and helped set the table, and we
     boys decorated the rooms with greens and turned the ice-cream
     crank. There were eighteen of us at table, and you couldn't hear
     yourself think for the talking and laughing. The last thing we
     did was to pass around a big sheet of paper, and everybody wrote
     his name on it and anything else he wanted to say. We are going
     to try, all of us, to get together that way every Christmas,
     and make such a list each time for a remembrance. My big cousin
     wrote, "United we cook, united we eat, united we die!" I said it
     was the best Christmas I had ever had.

     We had eaten so much that after dinner we just sat around and
     talked for a while, and then a crowd of boys went out to coast
     and try our new sleds. There is a fine hill right near the
     house, and the snow was exactly right. You can coast as much
     as ten city blocks without slowing up at all, and then you run
     along on a level for four or five more.

     In the evening some of the neighbors came in and we played
     charades. I never knew you could have so much fun at that. We
     thought of a number of good words, but our side had the best,
     "Russian." We played the first syllable like a football "rush,"
     and that was exciting. My cousin is on the university team, and
     he told us just what to do to have it like real football. We
     acted the last syllable as "shun," and none of us would look at
     one of the girls,--"shunned" her, you know. For the whole word
     we put on all the furs we could find, and paraded around with
     banners, and pretended to throw bombs. The other side couldn't
     guess for a long time what we were acting.

     We were pretty tired when we went to bed, but I thought again it
     was about the nicest Christmas I had ever known.

     I hope you had a good time, too, and I wish you would write me
     about it. It must have been very different from mine, since
     you were in the city. Did you get the new skates you wanted? My
     father gave me a pair. I hope I shall hear soon from you that
     your Christmas was as great a success as mine.

                            Sincerely yours,

                                              GEORGE ALLEN.

     =Exercise 78.=--Make a similar outline and write a letter on any
     one of the following topics:--

     (1) Your Christmas holidays in the city. (2) A trip in a boat.
     (3) The use of a new camera. (4) The beginning of a new study
     in school. (5) The beginning of new lessons out of school. (6)
     The last game of baseball, basket-ball, etc., you have seen. (7)
     A railway journey. (8) Your friend is away on a visit. Write
     him all that has gone on in the neighborhood and school since
     he left. (9) Your parents are away. Write them the news of your
     home. (10) You have found a certain book interesting. Write
     your friend about it and recommend it to him. (11) Describe an
     interesting address or play you have heard. (12) An accident
     which you saw or one in which you were. (13) An expedition in
     the woods. (14) An entertainment you have recently seen or one
     which you helped to give. (15) A new pet. (16) A carpenter shop
     you have arranged for yourself in an unused room. (17) A picnic.
     (18) A new society which has been started in your school. (19)
     You have your parents' permission to undertake a walking trip
     or bicycling tour of several days through the country. Write to
     a friend, stating your plans and asking him to join you. (20) A
     similar letter proposing a week's camping-out in the woods.

     _Note._--A longer list of subjects for friendly letters is
     not given because almost any of the subjects for other forms
     of composition can be treated in a letter. Moreover, it is
     highly desirable that pupils should write letters to real
     people,--relatives, friends, or pupils in other schools with
     whom an exchange has been arranged. A real correspondence, where
     the pupil feels he is attempting to interest and please an
     actual person, arouses much more spirit than purely imaginary

=47. Letters of Social Intercourse.=--In form, letters of social
intercourse stand between the purely friendly letter and the
business letter. The address of the writer and the date of the
letter often stand at the foot of the letter, beginning opposite the
signature in the more informal notes, as in the following form:--



             Very sincerely yours,

                               MARY HOLDEN.

        April 12, 1906.

In the most formal letter of social intercourse, the address of the
writer and the date stand at the beginning, and the complete name
and address of the person addressed stand at the foot, thus:--

                 September 26, 1906.



                    Very sincerely yours,

                              RICHARD WHITE.


Sometimes, instead of writing =_Mr._= before a name, =_Esq._= is
written after it, but the two are never used at the same time.

In style, the letter of social intercourse should be as graceful as
it is possible to make it, although it should always be simple and
not too long. Many invitations and answers to them have a form fixed
by tradition (see _Formal Invitations_, § 48), but the informal
social letter is almost entirely a matter of taste. There are,
however, a few courteous phrases which are so much used as to be
almost fixed forms. Such are: "I hope that we may have the pleasure
of your company," "I hope that you can be with us," "I regret
most sincerely that it is impossible for me to accept your kind
invitation," "I shall be very happy to be with you," "It is with
great pleasure that I accept your kind invitation," "I regret that a
previous engagement prevents me from accepting your invitation," etc.

The following is a typical informal invitation:--


     My mother wishes me to write you that we are planning to take
     a drive to Chester on next Tuesday, and should be very glad to
     have you with us. We are to leave at nine o'clock, so that we
     may be at the Chester Hotel in time for dinner.

     I hope that is not too early an hour for you, and that we may
     have the pleasure of your company on that day.

                            Very sincerely yours,

                                          MARGARET HUNT.

      January 14, 1906.

     =Exercise 79.=--The following letters should be written on note
     paper or on paper ruled to that size:--

     1. Write an acceptance to the above invitation.

     2. Write a note to a friend of your mother's, saying that your
     mother is slightly indisposed and cannot keep an engagement.
     Write a suitable answer.

     3. Write a note to a friend of your father's, asking him in your
     father's name to join a fishing party; a whist club; a hunting
     expedition; to be one of a theater party.

     4. Write a note to a friend, boy or girl, asking him or her
     to go to the theater with you, to come and spend the day with
     you, to come to a party you are giving, to attend some athletic
     contest with you, to go for a day's tramp with a party of
     friends, to play at a concert, to take part in a debate or
     entertainment, to lend you a book, to give you the address of a
     friend, to join with you in forming a club among your friends.

     5. Write a note to a friend, thanking him for having helped you
     in an entertainment, for having lent you a book, for having done
     a service to a friend, for any favor shown you.

     6. Write a note to your teacher, explaining your absence from
     school, asking her to send word to you about the lessons done in
     your absence; asking her to excuse you early from school, giving
     some specific reason; asking her for the date of the first day
     of school following a vacation; asking if you may be a few days
     late in returning to school; asking her to be present at a
     meeting of one of your societies; inviting her to your house for

     7. Write a note to the principal of your school, asking him
     to be present at an entertainment given by your grade, at a
     spelling match, at a debate, or any special event in your class
     room; asking him to excuse you from drawing, on account of weak
     eyes, or from any other study, giving reasons; asking him to
     give you a letter of introduction to the principal of the new
     school to which you are about to go; asking him to be a judge in
     some contest in your class room; thanking him for having acted
     as judge.

=48. Formal Invitations.=--These are written and answered according
to certain fixed forms and in the third person.

     Mr. and Mrs. Henry Miller request the pleasure of Mr. Albert
     Knight's company at dinner on Wednesday evening, the tenth of
     March, at half past seven o'clock.

         221 West Long Street,
           Friday morning.

     Mr. Albert Knight accepts with pleasure Mr. and Mrs. Miller's
     kind invitation to dinner on Wednesday evening at half past
     seven o'clock.

       44 Park Place,
         Saturday morning.

                   Mrs. William Morris
                       Miss Morris
                         At Home
                On Wednesday, March tenth,
               from four until six o'clock.
     23 Grant Avenue.

Extremely formal invitations, especially to public and semi-public
functions, are often impersonal in form, as in the following:--

               The Annual Concert
                      of the
  Elementary Schools of St. Joseph, Michigan,
               will be held in the
        Assembly Room of the High School,
         Tuesday evening, May twentieth,
                at eight o'clock.
    You are cordially invited to be present.

     The President and Members of the School Board request the honor
     of your company at the formal dedication of the New High School,
     on Wednesday, November third, at half past three o'clock.

     =Exercise 80.=--I. Study these forms and copy them accurately
     on note paper. Write a formal invitation from Captain and Mrs.
     Arthur Elliott to Mrs. Alice Johnson for dinner; from Mrs. Henry
     White to Mr. and Miss Kellogg for an evening at home. Write
     acceptance and regret for each.

     II. 1. Prepare a card for a semi-public reception given by your
     school, by your church, by a club or society.

     2. Prepare a card for a school concert, exhibition of school
     work, exhibition of work in Physical Culture; for a play given
     by the school Dramatic Society; for a May Festival given by
     the Eighth Grade; for the laying of a corner stone of a new
     schoolhouse, of a church, of a public building of any kind.

=49. Telegrams.=--In a telegram clearness is the first quality to
be sought. Because of the cost of sending, the telegram is usually
limited to ten words, excluding the address and signature, and this
brevity renders it difficult to state all that you wish clearly, and
makes it an exercise in ingenuity to condense the information you
wish to give without making it hard to understand.

For instance, you wish your brother, who is visiting in another
town, to meet you at a certain train on Monday and spend the day
hunting with you, if the weather is good. You would word your
telegram in some such way as this:--

                                          September 9, 1906.

       DANFIELD, MD.

     Meet me eight thirty, ready for hunting, if weather favorable.

                                               JOHN WHITING.

Although you have used incomplete sentences, you have said enough so
that your brother will understand what you mean.

     =Exercise 81.=--Condense as much as possible and write as
     telegrams, thinking before you write what are the essential
     parts of the message, and leaving out all else:--

     1. Mother has gone to spend the day with Aunt Mary, and wishes
     you to call there for her in the evening and bring her home.

     2. Before you come home, be sure to call on the lady who is to
     be teacher of the seventh grade here next year. She lives on
     Horning Street.

     3. We are all to be away from home on a picnic the day you speak
     of coming to see us. We should like to have you join us.

     4. There is to be a very interesting entertainment here the day
     I was to go home. May I stay over another day to see it?

     5. The river is too swollen for the canoe trip we planned for
     Saturday. Bring your tools along when you come, and we will try
     to make a raft.

     6. Henry has just passed his examinations for Dartmouth College.
     He will stop in Farmington to see you, on his way home, Tuesday.

     7. Can your basket-ball team put off the match we were to play
     on Monday until Wednesday? The field we hoped to have is engaged
     for Monday.

     8. Will your debating society be willing to meet ours, on the
     27th of this month, in our class room?

     9. We have just heard of the burning of your schoolhouse and
     wish to extend our sympathy. Will you telegraph us if there is
     anything we can do to help you?

     10. The hour of the train on which we were to leave has been
     changed, and we shall not reach home until six o'clock.

     11. On unpacking my trunk I cannot find my volume of Tennyson's
     poems. Did you put it in the trunk or was it left behind?

     12. I have spilled ink on my best dress. May Aunt Jane buy a new
     one for me to wear at my cousin's party?

     13. We cannot find the key to the back door. If you took it with
     you by mistake, please return it to father's business address.

     14. Will the seventh grade of your school join ours in a
     nature-study excursion to the river next Saturday?

     15. Your mother is away from home on her birthday. Send her an
     appropriate telegram of congratulation and greeting.

     16. You are to pass through the town where a friend lives and
     will have a half hour wait at the station. Telegraph him, asking
     him to come there to see you.

=50. Business Letters.=--In a business letter the five main parts
are very full and complete. The heading contains, as in other
letters, the post office address of the writer and the date. Above
the salutation is written the full name and address of the person
to whom the letter is sent. There are slightly varied forms for the

Dear Sir; My dear Sir; Dear Sirs; Dear Madam; Dear Mesdames; Sir;
Gentlemen; Madam; Mesdames.

The complimentary ending is usually one of the following:--

Truly yours; Very truly yours; Faithfully yours; Respectfully yours.

Sometimes, in letters slightly more formal, these endings are
written thus:--

                          I am,
                              Very truly yours,
                                    ANDREW D. JORDAN.

                          I remain,
                              Respectfully yours,
                                    ANDREW D. JORDAN.

Under the signature of the writer is frequently put his title; and
if a clerk has written the signature, per followed by his initials
is placed below.

                        Very truly yours,
                                    ANDREW D. JORDAN,

                         Truly yours,
                                    MATTHEW BENNETT,
                                        per D. C.

The following is a correct and usual form for a business letter:--

                     501 SOUTH LINCOLN STREET, CLEVELAND, O.
                                         September 20, 1906.

       42 HILTON STREET,
         NORWOOD, PA.

     DEAR SIRS,--

     Please send me the latest catalogue of your goods, and state
     whether you pay cost of transportation for large orders.

                              Very truly yours,
                                          HENRY L. PERKINS.

     =Exercise 82.=--Study the forms given above, and write the
     beginning and end of each of the following letters:--

     1. Mr. Henry Smith, 44 Bolton Place, Brooklyn, N.Y., writes on
     November 10, 1906, to Messrs. John Murray Brothers, 32 Canal
     Street, New York.

     2. Miss Helen Reed, Principal of the Woodlawn School,
     Saylesville, N.J., writes on October 10, 1906, to Mr. Percy
     Painter, 607 West 14th Street, Trenton, N.J.

     3. The Landsdowne Manufacturing Company, 241 Greenwich Place,
     San Francisco, writes on May 7, 1906, to the San Francisco agent
     of the Northern Pacific R. R., 22 Newton Street, San Francisco.

The writing of business letters should be taken up after the
exercise in writing telegrams, for brevity is almost as essential
in the one as in the other. There is, of course, no need to
write incomplete sentences as in the telegram, but the same
general process should be followed; that is, to see what are the
really important points you wish to state, to express these with
unmistakable clearness, and to say no more.

It is proper to add that a person of education and cultivation is
recognized at once as such by the letters he writes. Even in a
matter-of-fact letter, too, you may often reveal, without realizing
it, your courtesy and kindliness as well as your intelligence. We
constantly judge people by their letters.

     _Note._--A good exercise is to have the pupils assume characters
     in the business world and answer each other's letters. An
     incomplete letter can often be detected thus, by being put to a
     practical test.

Do not begin to write your letter until you have made a brief
outline of what you wish to say, in the order in which it should be
said. For instance, you wish to apply for the position of errand
boy. To write a complete letter, you need some such outline as the
following, even though it be only in your head and not written

     Give the reason for applying for the position by stating how you
     have heard of the need for errand boys (through advertisement,
     personally, etc.); state your own qualifications for the work as
     simply and plainly as possible, mentioning your age, education,
     health, experience, recommendations, and any other facts that
     may bear on your capacity to give satisfaction; and when you
     have given these essential points, close your letter.

A letter written on such lines follows:--

                              55 HENLY STREET, BALTIMORE, MD.
                                      January 17, 1906.

       225 FULTON ST., NEW YORK.

     DEAR SIRS,--

     I have heard through your agent here that you are looking for
     boys as messengers and errand boys. My family is about to move
     to New York and I wish to make application for one of those
     positions with your firm.

     I am fifteen years old, in good health, and have just graduated
     from the public schools in this city. For the last three summers
     I have acted as errand boy for the firm of Clancy Brothers here,
     which work I am told by your agent is similar to what you wish.
     I inclose letters of recommendation from the head of that firm
     and from the principal of my school.

                    Hoping to hear from you favorably,
                                 Very truly yours,
                                              PETER MILLER.

     =Exercise 83.=--I. Write the answer to the above.

     II. Write, in the same manner, letter and answer, making a short
     outline first in each case:--

     1. A letter to a bicycle firm, asking to be given the agency for
     your town or locality. State why you think their bicycles would
     sell well, and what your qualifications for the position are.

     2. Letter to a large grocery store, offering to sell them
     homemade preserves, nuts, maple sugar, candy, popcorn-balls, or
     anything you can make or gather in the country.

     3. Letter to a florist, offering to supply him with autumn
     leaves, ferns, country flowers of any kind, moss, birchbark, etc.

     4. Letter to a country newspaper, offering to write a weekly
     news letter.

     5. Letter to a country church, offering to repeat for them an
     entertainment which has been successful in your own church or

     _Note._--Make the letters above complete in all details, as to
     distance from the city or country, cost of transportation, etc.;
     and in the answer give full terms and conditions.

     6. Letter to a livery stable, asking their price for a sleigh
     ride for a party of twelve.

     7. Letter to the owner of an athletic field, asking his price
     for the use of the field every Tuesday afternoon during April
     and May.

     8. Letter to a firm of dealers in athletic goods, asking for a
     reduced rate for an outfit for basket-ball, baseball, etc., and
     giving reasons why you think you should have a reduction.

     9. To a piano manufacturer, asking lowest prices for a piano for
     the school and easiest methods of payment, installments, etc.
     Explain that the pupils are attempting to raise the money by

     10. To a bank, inclosing check and asking them to deposit it to
     your brother's credit, and to send acknowledgment to his address.

     =Exercise 84.=--Write the following: 1. To a carpenter,
     asking price of shelf for your class room. Give all necessary
     information about length, width, etc.

     2. To a dressmaker, asking price for making a dress. Give all

     3. To a department store, asking to open an account. Give

     4. To the Gas Company, saying that you are about to leave town
     for a month and wish the gas turned off the house during that

     5. To a theater, asking what reduction will be made if a number
     of pupils from your school buy tickets together.

     6. To a railroad, asking what reduction in price will be made
     for a school excursion.

     7. To a grocer, milkman, butcher, making arrangements for daily
     delivery of goods at your house.

     8. To a caterer, asking prices for a large reception.

     9. To the leader of a musical organization, asking his prices
     for playing at a school entertainment.

     10. To a person who is to speak at your school, stating exactly
     what the occasion is, who will form his audience, how long he is
     expected to speak, etc.

=51. Notices.=--In olden times, when any one wished to announce a
meeting or give some information of common interest, he hired the
town crier. This was a man who went about the town with a horn or
bell, attracting as many people as possible to him, and then crying
out in a loud voice the news he had to tell. The notice you put up
on the blackboard in your class room, the slip of paper you post
on the walls of your schoolhouse, to announce an entertainment,
an examination, or a meeting of one of your clubs, is the modern
town crier. The notices which you see in the newspapers, telling
people the time and date of a public meeting, or announcing church
services, also take the place of a town crier. There is this
difference. If the crier forgot to tell the people listening to him
any important detail of his news, they could at once call out and
ask him; but if a notice is incomplete, there is no way for the
people interested to get the information needed.

If you will study notices of various kinds, you will see that good
ones, that is, notices which are brief, clear, complete, and not
clumsy, are not common; and, when you try to write them, you will
probably find it more difficult than you thought to be a good town

     A meeting for the purpose of forming a club for the study of
     birds will be held on Thursday afternoon at half past three,
     in the Seventh Grade room. Any pupils in grades higher than
     the Fourth, who are interested in bird study, are eligible for
     membership, and are cordially invited to attend the meeting.

     If a sufficient number appear before four o'clock, an expedition
     to the Wright Woods will be made, under the leadership of the
     teachers of the Seventh Grade.

In studying this notice you will see that a great deal is contained
in it. Place, date, hour, and purpose of the meeting are contained
in the first sentence. In the next is definitely stated the
condition for membership in the club, and in the last is placed an
inducement to make the meeting a large one.

Another example follows:--

     A Christmas entertainment will be given by the pupils of the
     Eighth Grade on Friday afternoon at three o'clock, in the
     Seventh Grade room. A short play will be presented, and the Glee
     Club of the school will sing twice. Admission, ten cents. It is
     hoped that there will be a large number present, as the proceeds
     go to the piano fund.

     =Exercise 85.=--1. The Bird Club is formed, and you wish to
     announce a field expedition, on a Saturday, when every one is
     to bring his lunch. State place and time and date of meeting;
     probable length of the expedition; cost, if any; special
     equipment, such as rubbers; and what will be done in case of bad

     2. Write a notice for a regular meeting of the Bird Club, giving
     topic to be discussed.

     3. You wish to announce a competition for a prize for the best
     story about a bird, for the best drawing of a bird, for the
     best plan of work for the club, for the best description of
     one of its excursions. State conditions of contest, time when
     contributions must be handed in, maximum and minimum length of
     article or size of drawing, what the prize is, etc.

     4. Similar notice for prize competition for best Christmas
     story, Fourth of July article, Thanksgiving poem, etc.; for the
     best amateur photograph of the school, for the best drawing.

     5. Write notice for the formation of a Kodak Club; of a football
     team; of a walking club; of a dramatic society; of a literary
     society; of a glee club; of a general athletic association; of a
     school library; of a chess club.

     6. Write notices for a regular meeting of these societies.

In writing notices for an address or entertainment it is often
desirable to give a little space to a brief description or
characterization of the speaker, as in the following:--

     Dr. William T. Harris, the former National Commissioner of
     Education at Washington, will speak on Education and Philosophy
     at the morning session on Tuesday, at half-past nine o'clock,
     in the large Assembly Hall. Dr. Harris is one of the most
     distinguished of living educators. A general discussion will
     follow the address.

     =Exercise 86.=--Write a notice for an address by the President
     of the United States, by a senator, by one of the clergymen of
     your town, by the superintendent of city schools, by the mayor
     of your town, by any public person whom you would like to hear.

     =Exercise 87.=--1. Write a notice of a spelling match between
     two grades in your school, of an athletic contest of any kind,
     of a concert, of a play, of a school expedition to visit an
     historical monument, of the dates of a holiday, of a picnic,
     of a celebration of Washington's birthday, of a debate, of a
     celebration of Hallowe'en.

     2. Write a notice stating that the skating is good on a pond
     near the school; that the pond is declared unsafe; that pupils
     are asked not to pass near a building that is being erected on
     the same street as the school on account of danger from falling
     timber; that pupils are requested to be very quiet in passing
     a house where some one lies seriously ill; that the city or
     village authorities have forbidden coasting down a certain
     street; that baseball is allowed on certain days in the park;
     that bonfires will be allowed in the streets in honor of some
     celebration; that the pupils of your school are expected to take
     part in the parade on Decoration Day, in any town celebration;
     that song birds are not to be killed; that a bridge near the
     school is unsafe; that all pupils must be vaccinated before a
     certain date.

=52. Appeals.=--When brief, these are in the nature of notices;
when longer, they are like open letters. They aim to move people
to take action benefiting some good cause, and should be as brief
as is possible while giving a sufficiently full explanation of the
necessity for action. Always state plainly and definitely how the
action desired may be taken, to whom contributions may be sent,
etc. The following is an example of a brief appeal. Like any such
communication, it may be lengthened as much as is desirable, by
dwelling on the good that a library would do under the conditions
mentioned, by citing examples of successful school libraries
elsewhere, etc. Such expansion is only necessary when the people to
whom you make your appeal know little or nothing of the matter.

     The public school which has just been completed near the iron
     foundries has no library of its own and there is no public
     library near it. Good reading matter is much needed there, and
     the pupils of other public schools in the city are earnestly
     requested to contribute books and magazines toward the formation
     of a school library. Anything in the way of interesting reading
     will be welcomed, in German as well as English, for there are a
     great many Germans among the pupils. Old magazines and old books
     will be of as much value in the beginning as new ones.

     Contributions may be left in the office of the principal of any
     public school.

     =Exercise 88.=--Write an appeal: (1) for old magazines to send
     to hospitals; (2) for pictures for your class room or for those
     of another school; (3) for books for your own library in your
     grade room; (4) for money for the fresh-air fund; (5) for pupils
     to join the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals;
     (6) for volunteers to aid in a benefit entertainment of some
     sort, drill, play, fair, etc.; (7) for old clothes and shoes for
     the very poor of the city who are suffering from the cold; (8)
     for examples of map making, penmanship, drawing, or some other
     school work to send away as models to a new school; (9) for
     pupils to hand in more material for the school paper.

=53. Petitions.=--A petition is a form of open letter, asking a
favor, and addressed by a number of people to an authority who
can grant the request. There is a form fixed by tradition for the
opening of a petition, but the content is varied according to the
conditions, and the wording of a petition needs the greatest care.
As in any literary exercise, the first thought should be of the
essential points you wish to cover, and a brief outline should be
made, comprising an exact statement of the concession you wish
granted and the best reasons you can give for the granting of it.

     To the Mayor and Common Council of the city of Wakefield,
     Indiana, we, the undersigned, members of the Eighth Grade of
     Public School No. 12, respectfully petition that the west end
     of Elliott Park, above the driveway, be set apart for a school
     picnic on the afternoon of Tuesday, May the fourteenth, between
     two and six o'clock.

     There is no other place suitable for a picnic within walking
     distance of the school and all the members of the Eighth
     are not able to pay carfare. If our petition is granted, we
     guarantee that no damage will be done to the trees or shrubs,
     that the park will be vacated promptly at six o'clock, and left
     in good condition.

     =Exercise 89.=--1. Write a petition to the authorities of your
     city or town, asking for permission to use a certain street for
     coasting, for shinney, for baseball, etc.

     2. Write a petition to the principal of your school, asking that
     a new study may be introduced into the school curriculum; that
     the weekly holiday be on another day; that school open later
     and close later, or _vice versa_; that punishment by staying
     after school be abolished; that the hours of schools be shorter
     and more work be done at home; that school be closed an hour
     earlier in order that the pupils may be present at a meeting or
     celebration of some kind; that your grade be allowed to use the
     assembly room for a debate; that you be permitted to flood a
     part of the playground to make a skating pond; that one of your
     studies be omitted from the course of study; that pupils be not
     marked tardy until ten minutes after the opening of school.

=54. Advertisements.=--The advertisement is an outgrowth of the
notice, and in its simplest form is still a notice, as when the
expense of printing causes the advertisement to be as brief as
possible. It is then written on the same principle as the telegram,
that is, using the fewest words possible to express clearly a given
amount of information.

     =Exercise 90.=--Write, after studying similar advertisements in
     the newspapers, advertisements for help of all kinds,--janitor,
     sewing girls, errand boys, maids, nurses, coachmen, farm hands,
     apple-pickers, telephone girls, stenographers, etc. Also
     advertisements for rented furnished rooms, for houses to rent,
     etc., giving all essential details in as few words as possible.

The above are virtually notices without having the real
characteristic of the advertisement, which differs from the notice
in that it not only gives information but seeks to do this in so
attractive and pleasing a manner that people will be induced to buy
the wares offered.

     =Exercise 91.=--As a class exercise, take any one of the
     following topics, limit the number of words used to two or three
     hundred, and see who can write the most practical and attractive
     advertisement. Your aim is to state as forcibly as possible
     all the favorable aspects of your topic, so that they will
     appeal most surely to the people you wish to reach. Study the
     advertisements you like best and see their method. Note that you
     are attracted by those that seem honest and moderate, and that
     you are repelled by extravagant overstatements.

     1. Write an advertisement for an amusement park which has been
     opened near your town.

     2. For a country school for boys; for girls.

     3. For a city school for boys; for girls.

     4. For an excursion on a railroad or on a line of steamers.

     5. For a summer resort in the North; for a winter resort in the

     6. For a sanatorium in your town; for a skating rink; for a new

     7. For an academy making a specialty of nature study; of modern
     languages; of athletics.



=55. The Essentials of a Good Narrative.=--In a diary you set down
things that happen, for your own information. In letters you try
to report events so that they will be understood by the person to
whom you are writing and, more than this, so that they will be
interesting. In a good narration you write an account of a series of
connected events, so that it can be understood by any one at all,
and will interest and please the greater number of your readers. It
is of course much harder to address an audience whom you do not know
than to try to interest people with whose peculiarities you are well
acquainted; but, after all, people are very much the same in general
likes and dislikes, and there are several broad, simple rules for
constructing narrations, or stories, which apply to all readers.

The first thing that everybody wishes to have in a story is perfect
clearness and good order. A story is a report of things _as they
happened_, and every one wishes to learn the main events in the
order in which they actually occurred. You have probably been
annoyed by some one, who, in telling you a story, left out certain
important steps, so that you could hardly understand how things came
to happen as he related. Notice, for example, what has been left out
in the following paragraph:--

     As the soldiers were crossing the bridge, they noticed a man
     running down from a hill shouting to them and waving his arms.
     They could not hear what he was saying, because a strong wind
     was blowing away from them. As they were struggling in the
     water, one soldier noticed a large tree trunk floating down
     toward them and called to his fellows to try and save themselves
     by holding on to that.

Of course, so great an omission is rare; but in writing of one event
following another, you must take care that _your_ reader is never
forced to stop and ask some such question as, "But you haven't told
me how the soldiers came to be in the water," as he would on reading
the paragraph above.

A well-told fable is often a model for clear and connected simple

     A crow sat on a tree, holding in his beak a large lump of
     cheese. A wily fox, attracted by the delicious smell, came to
     the foot of the tree and said to the crow, "How splendid you
     look up there, with your fine black feathers glistening in the
     sun! I wish I had feathers instead of fur. It is really not
     fair that you should have all the gifts, beauty and skill, and
     perhaps even talent. Do you sing as wonderfully as you fly?"

     The crow was so pleased by this that he opened his beak wide
     to show off his voice. The cheese fell to the ground; the
     fox snapped it up and ate it, saying, "I never tasted such a
     delicious morsel!" He then ran off, laughing at the crow's
     vanity and calling over his shoulder, "Learn from this that a
     flatterer lives at the expense of those who listen to him."

     =Exercise 92.=--Write simply and briefly some of the following
     fables, using as model the fable just given. Try to keep clear
     in your mind the exact order of events by imagining the whole
     story from beginning to end. There are in most of these subjects
     three or four separate little scenes, which you should try to
     bring visibly before your mind. It is a good plan to have an
     outline of the sequence of events, either written or in your
     head, and then develop each scene clearly and make it lifelike
     by conversation such as would naturally be used. The following
     is such an outline, by paragraphs, of a well-known fable:--

I. The old man has many sons who disturb him by quarreling among

II. On his death bed he calls them about him and gives them some
small sticks, asking them if they can break them. The sons readily
break them.

III. The old man ties them together tightly and asks his sons again
to break them.

IV. They all try in every possible way, but cannot.

V. The old man says that if they will agree among themselves, they
will be like the sticks bound together; but if they separate in
quarrels, any one can injure them.

     1. An ass laden with salt falls down in a stream; before he can
     rise the salt is dissolved away and his load is much lighter.
     The next time he crosses the stream he stumbles purposely and
     falls, but this time he is laden with sponges.

     2. Two thieves who had stolen a horse fall to quarreling over
     who shall have the animal. While they are rolling in the dust
     fighting, a third thief comes along, jumps on the horse, and
     makes off with it.

     3. An oak speaks contemptuously to a reed of its small size and
     yielding weakness, and boasts of its own strength and firmness.
     After a terrible storm the oak is blown down and the reed
     straightens itself unhurt.

     4. A bat is caught by a weasel, who is about to devour it
     because it is so much like a mouse. The bat says, "I am not
     a mouse--you are mistaken--I am a bird. See my wings." Later
     the bat is caught again by a boy who wants to put it in a bird
     cage. "I am no bird--see my mouse's body." Thus the bat twice
     saves its life.

     5. A cat was changed by magic to a woman. All went well until
     she saw a mouse run across the floor, when she ran after it and
     caught it.

     6. A wolf in eating rapidly had swallowed a bone, which stuck
     in his throat. He went to the stork, who pulled it out with her
     beak, and then asked for pay for the service. The wolf said the
     stork could consider herself lucky that she had not had her head
     bitten off.

     7. A weasel slipped into a barn through a small hole. There he
     ate so much grain that he was too fat to go out at the same
     hole, and was caught by the farmer.

     8. The ass, seeing how much petting a little dog gets, tries to
     imitate its ways, prances about, and attempts to lie down at the
     feet of his mistress. He is driven back to the stable.

     9. A sheep, going away for the day, cautions her little lambs
     not to open the door to any one, except to her, and she will say
     _Mariati_, so that they will recognize her. A wolf, hidden near,
     overhears the password, knocks on the door, and gives the right
     word; but the lambs, to be doubly sure, ask to see what color
     feet he has. They are black and betray him, so that the door is
     not opened.

=56. Autobiography.=--There is one form of narration where it is
almost impossible to get the events of your story in the wrong
order, and that is autobiography, for in this you are telling the
facts of your own life as they occurred, from month to month or
year to year. In this form, as in narration, however, there is an
important principle to bear in mind. Your material must be well
chosen; that is, you must select only the important events in your
life. Trivial and uninteresting details must be left out. To do this
you must use your judgment, and try to put yourself in the place
of your reader, and think what he would like to know. (If your
great-grandfather had written his autobiography when he was your
age, what would you have liked to know of his life? If Pocohontas
had written her autobiography, what would most interest you?)

     =Exercise 93.=--I. Write your own autobiography up to the
     present date, and then continue in the same style, telling the
     story of your life as you would like best to have it.

     II. Write an imaginary autobiography of:--

     1. The starch-box after it was empty; a boy made a doll's wagon
     of it for his little sister. Forgotten in the street, it was
     picked up by two poor children, and taken home, where an invalid
     brother made it into a window box for flowers.

     2. A gold dollar. Stamped in the mint, sent to the bank,
     given to a child for a birthday present, sent by her to the
     missionaries in Africa, lost there, and hung around the neck of
     a little black child.

     3. A drop of rain--all its life from the cloud to the earth, to
     the brook, to the river, to the sea, back to the cloud again.

     4. A knife. Made by Indian hunters, bought by white trappers,
     used on the plains, slipped into a package of furs sent to Paris
     to be made up into coats, and then used as a paper-cutter.

     5. Similarly, invent stories for a handkerchief, a diamond,
     a doll, a knapsack, a book, a street car, a lamp, a sword, a
     tea kettle, a wagon, an old house, a dollar bill, a pencil, a
     mirror, an old apple tree, a thimble, a high tortoise-shell
     comb, a saddle, a suit of armor, a chair.

     III. Write autobiographies of a cat, a dog, a horse, an
     elephant, a polar bear, a fox, a rabbit, a canary bird, a hen, a
     trained pig, a poodle, a mouse, a woodchuck, a squirrel.

     IV. Write the account of the course of a river as told by
     itself, from the time it rises from a spring till it flows into
     the ocean.

     V. Write the autobiography of any statue that you know, from the
     block of marble to its present place.

=57. Biography.=--In writing a biography it is not enough to select
your facts with good judgment, and to arrange them in the order of
their occurrence. A still more careful arrangement is needed, and
this is usually provided for by grouping the facts of a life into
several main divisions. For instance, in writing your mother's
biography, you might make some such general division or outline as
the following:--

     I. Childhood in New England--village school; on a farm.

     II. Boarding-school life. Studies--beginning of interest in
     history. Visits to school friends in the vacation. The old home
     is destroyed by fire.

     III. Life in New York, as teacher of history in a private
     school. Summer abroad with several of the pupils.

     IV. Early married life in New York; boarding-house, later a
     small apartment.

     V. Removal to suburban town. Children of the family. General
     character of family life.

Under these various headings you can group all the stories you can
induce your mother to tell you of her past life. Without such broad
divisions into periods it is impossible to write all the varied
facts of a biography in such a manner that your reader gets a clear
and connected idea of the course of events.

     =Exercise 94.=--Group into natural divisions the following

     Henry Allen was married in 1875. His father was a lumber
     merchant. When he retired from business, he wrote an account of
     his life. As a boy he was fond of out-of-door life. He had three
     children. When he was a young man, he was sent up into Canada to
     look after some timber lands of his father's. He stayed there in
     the woods with the Indians for two years. He was born in 1840.
     He lived in Portland, Maine, until he was sixteen. When his
     father died in 1867, he carried on the lumber business. He went
     two years to Bowdoin College. He was once mayor of Hartford. He
     lived in Boston from 1856 to 1875. He died in 1900 in Hartford.
     He brought up his children to know the woods and fields better
     than schools. He was one of the first people to advocate nature
     study. He was a very successful business man. He founded a
     school of forestry. He married a Canadian girl whom he met on a
     second visit to the forest in 1870.

     =Exercise 95.=--Find out all you can about the life of any
     older member of your family. See if you can pick out the
     natural divisions into which these facts fall, and write a
     brief biography. Do not divide in a conventional way, as into
     _childhood_, _youth_, _maturity_, and _old age_, but try to
     select periods which are separated from each other by some
     feature peculiar to the individual life you are relating.
     Sometimes divisions are naturally made by change in residence,
     sometimes by change in occupation, and sometimes simply by the
     general character of a life between certain dates. Your own
     judgment must tell you how best to arrange the facts of the
     story you wish to tell.

     =Exercise 96.=--I. Write in the same way, the biography (1) of
     the mayor of your own town, (2) of the President of the United
     States, (3) of a schoolmate (continuing this in an imaginary
     account of what you fancy his life may be), (4) of your cook,
     (5) of your minister, or of any person whom you know well enough
     to ask the facts of his life, or about whom you can learn
     through other people.

     II. See how complete a biography you can write of either your
     grandfather or grandmother, or of any of your ancestors about
     whom you have heard stories, or of any of the early settlers of
     your town.

     III. Then, using the same method of collecting your facts first,
     and arranging those that naturally fall together in three or
     four groups, write the story of the life of (1) Joan of Arc,
     (2) Julius Cæsar, (3) Hannibal, (4) Alfred the Great, (5)
     Washington, (6) Lee, (7) Lincoln, (8) Thorwaldsen, (9) Giotto,
     (10) Christopher Columbus, (11) Pocahontas, (12) Whittier, (13)
     Longfellow, (14) Miles Standish.

=58. History.=--Read the following account of how the Pilgrims came
to Plymouth:--

     For nearly twelve years "brave little Holland" had given shelter
     to the true men and women who, in 1607-1608, were driven out
     of England by persecution of the bishops because they _would_
     worship God in their own way.

     After many trials and dangers they came together at Amsterdam
     in 1608, and formed a little "Independent" church, with Richard
     Clifton, their old pastor among the Nottingham hills, for their
     minister, and John Robinson, their teacher, as his assistant.

     Governor Bradford tells us, in his _Historie_, that "when they
     had lived at Amsterdam about a year they removed to Leyden, a
     fair and beautiful city and of a sweet situation," on the "Old
     Rhine." Clifton was growing old and did not go with them, and
     Robinson became their pastor.

     For eleven years--nearly the whole time of "the famous truce"
     which came between the bloody wars of Holland and Spain--they
     lived here, married, children were born to them, and here some
     of them died.

     Most of them had been farmers in England, but here "they fell
     to such trades & imployments as they best could, valewing peace
     & their spirituall comforte above any other riches whatsoever,
     and at length they came to raise a competente and comfortable
     living, but with hard and continuall labor."

     But about 1617 these good, brave people of Pastor Robinson's
     flock became very anxious as to their circumstances and
     future,--especially for their children,--and at length came
     sadly to realize that they must again seek a new home. Their
     numbers had been much increased; they could not hope to work so
     hard as they grew older, while war with the Spaniard was coming,
     and would surely make matters harder for them. But the chief
     reasons which made them anxious to find another and better home
     were the hardships which their children had to bear and the
     temptations to which they were exposed. Besides this, they were
     patriotic and full of love of their God, their simple worship,
     and their religious liberty. As Englishmen, though their king
     and his bishops had treated them cruelly, they still loved the
     laws, customs, speech, and flag of their native land. As they
     could not enjoy these in their own country, or longer endure
     their hard conditions in Holland, they determined to find a
     home--even though in a wild country beyond the wild ocean--where
     they might worship God as they chose, "plant religion," live as
     Englishmen, and reap a fair reward for their labors. It was very
     hard to decide where to go, but at last they made up their minds
     in favor of the "northern parts of Virginia" in the "New World,"
     across the Atlantic. They found friends to help them both in
     England and in Holland, and they helped themselves; but even
     then, owing to enemies, false friends, and many difficulties,
     it was far from easy to get away, and they had sore trials and

     And now "the younger and stronger part" of Pastor Robinson's
     flock, with Captain Miles Standish and his wife Rose and a few
     others, were to go from Leyden, in charge of Elder Brewster and
     Deacon Carver, and some were to join them in England, leaving
     the pastor and the rest to come afterward.

     It was a busy time in the _Klock Steeg_, or Bell Alley, where
     most of the Pilgrims lived, all the spring and early summer of
     1620, when they were getting ready for America. Deacon Carver
     and Robert Cushman, two of their chief men, were in England,
     fitting out a hired ship--the _Mayflower_. But the Leyden
     leaders had bought in Holland a smaller ship, the _Speedwell_,
     and were refitting her for the voyage, an English "pilot," or
     ship's mate (Master Reynolds), having come over to take charge.
     (Bradford spells the word "pilott." He was in reality a mate,
     or "master's mate," as Bradford also calls him--the executive
     navigating officer next in rank to the master. The term "pilott"
     had not to the same extent the meaning it has now of an expert
     guide into harbors and along coasts. It meant, rather, a "deck"
     or "watch" officer, capable of steering and navigating a ship.
     He was on board the _Mayflower_ practically what the mate of a
     sailing ship would be to-day.) Thirty-six men, fifteen women,
     sixteen boys, four girls, and a baby boy--seventy-two, in all,
     besides sailors--made up the Leyden part of the Pilgrim company.
     Of these six went no farther than Plymouth, Old England, though
     three of them afterward joined the others in New England. Of
     the fifteen women, fourteen were wives of colonists and one was
     a lady's-maid. The thirty-six men of Leyden included all who
     became Pilgrim leaders, except three.

     At last they were off, and on Friday, July 21 (31),[1] they
     said good-by to the grand old city that had been so long their
     home. Going aboard the canal boats near the pastor's house, they
     floated down to Delfshaven, where their own little vessel, the
     _Speedwell_, lay waiting for them. At Delfshaven they made their
     last sad partings from their friends, and Saturday, July 22 (or
     August 1, as we should call it), hoisted the flag of their
     native land, sailed down the river Maas, and Sunday morning were
     out upon the German Ocean, under way, with a fair wind, for the
     English port of Southampton, where they were to join the other

       [1] owing to a difference in the methods of reckoning time
       used by england and other nations between the years 1582 and
       1752,--when all became practically alike,--it was common to
       make use of "double-dating." in so doing, the terms, "old
       style" and "new style" were used, and to make the dates of the
       former and the latter correspond, ten days are _added_ to all
       dates of the period between 1582 and 1700. december 11, 1620,
       old style, would be, in our present reckoning, december 21,
       1620 ("forefathers' day").

     For three fine days they sailed down the North Sea, through
     Dover Straits, into the English Channel, and the fourth morning
     found them anchored in Southampton port. Here they found the
     _Mayflower_ from London lying at anchor, with some of their own
     people--the Cushmans and Deacon Carver--and some forty other
     Pilgrim colonists, who were going with them. Among these our
     Leyden young people were no doubt very glad to find eight more
     boys and six girls of all ages, two of them being Henry Sampson
     and Humility Cooper, little cousins of their own Edward Tilley,
     who was to take them with him.

     For ten days the two ships lay in this port. Trying days for
     the elders indeed they were. Mr. Weston, their former friend
     (who had arranged with the merchants to help them, but was now
     turned traitor), came to see them, was very harsh, and went away
     angry. The passengers and cargoes had to be divided anew between
     the ships, thirty persons going to the _Speedwell_ and ninety
     to the _Mayflower_. Then the pinnace sprung a leak and had to
     be reladen. To pay their "port charges" they were forced to
     sell most of their butter. And there were many sad and anxious
     hearts. But great times those ten days were for the larger boys
     and girls, who were allowed to go ashore on the West Quay (at
     which the ships lay), and for whom every day was full of new
     sights both aboard the vessels and ashore. "Governors" were
     chosen for the ships; a young cooper--John Alden--was found,
     to go over, do their work, and come back, if he wished, on the
     _Mayflower_; and all was at last ready. They said what they
     thought were their last farewells to England, and down the
     Solent, out by the lovely Isle of Wight, into the broad Channel,
     both ships sailed slowly, "outward bound."

     But twice more the leaky _Speedwell_ and her cowardly master
     made both ships seek harbor--first at Dartmouth, where they lay
     ten days while the pinnace was overhauled and repaired, and
     again at Plymouth, after they had sailed "above 100 leagues
     beyond Land's End." At Plymouth it was decided that the
     _Speedwell_ should give up the voyage and transfer most of her
     passengers and lading to the _Mayflower_, which would then make
     her belated way over the ocean alone.

     Some twenty passengers--the Cushmans, the Blossoms, and
     others--went back to London in the pinnace, and after a weary
     stay of nine days, on Wednesday, September 6 (16), the lone
     Pilgrim ship at last "shook off the land" and, with a fair wind,
     laid her course for "the northern coasts of Virginia."--AZEL
     AMES: _How the Pilgrims came to Plymouth_.

This extract is an example of a narration that is more difficult
to write than anything you have yet tried. In writing biographies
you write about one person only. In history you write about a great
number of persons, and you must hold together in one story a great
number of different facts. An outline is, therefore, even more
necessary here than in biography. In making your outline you will be
helped by the same principle of keeping your occurrences in their
natural order that governed you in your biography outlines. Put down
a note of the main facts you wish to report, according to the date
of their happening. Afterward arrange them in groups according to
the connection they may have with each other, but always begin by
making sure that they are set down in an orderly fashion. Have the
outline before you as you write, and treat the different subjects as
they come up.

An outline for the extract given above might be the following:--

  I. Introduction:--
      _A._ Explanation of the state of the Puritans in Holland.
      _B._ Driven from England.
      _C._ Settled in Amsterdam.
      _D._ Removed to Leyden.
      _E._ General conditions.

  II. Reasons for leaving Holland.
      _A._ They could make no provision for the future.
      _B._ Their children could not be trained as they wished.
      _C._ They loved English ways.

  III. Beginning of preparations.
      _A._ Who were to go.
      _B._ Fitting out the boat--conditions of navigation.
      _C._ Number of those embarking.

  IV. Departure from Holland.

  V. Arrival in England.
      _A._ They join the _Mayflower_.
      _B._ Delays, at London, at Dartmouth, at Plymouth.

  VI. Final departure of the _Mayflower_ alone from England.

Read again the selection with the outline before you and notice how
each division is developed. When you have made a good outline, the
hardest part of a piece of historical writing is completed.

     =Exercise 97.=--I. Let every one find out all he can about the
     founding or settling of the town where he lives. Talk over the
     facts in class, every one contributing what he has been able to
     learn; then see who can make the best outline and best story or
     history. (Notice how the two words are really alike.)

     II. Go on, investigating the subsequent history of the town, and
     write that briefly in the same way, bringing in all the stories
     and interesting incidents you can hear.

     III. Write similarly the history of any other town, village, or
     farming community you know, treating particularly the way in
     which any conditions general throughout the country affected
     your subject. For instance, if it is an old town, how it was
     affected by the Mexican War, the Civil War, any great panic,
     etc. Mention not only great events in the history of the
     town,--fires, floods, building of factories, etc.,--but try to
     give some idea of the general character of the life, whether the
     interests are chiefly manufacturing, farming, marine, railroad,

     IV. Write a brief history of (1) Detroit, (2) St. Louis, (3)
     New Orleans, (4) New York, (5) San Francisco, (6) Boston, (7)
     Charlestown, (8) Lawrence, Kansas, (9) Deerfield, Mass., (10)
     Quebec, (11) St. Augustine, (12) Monterey, California (early
     Spanish mission), (13) Havana.

     V. Using the extract given above as a model, write an account
     of (1) Penn's treaty with the Indians, (2) The first year of
     the settlers in Virginia, (3) The taking of Old Manhattan by
     the English, (4) How La Salle happened to come to this country,
     (5) How Grant came to be a soldier, (6) The invention and first
     expedition of the first steamboat, (7) The first railroad, (8)
     The founding and first journey of the Mormons.

=59. Plain Reporting of Facts.=--A history gives an account of
things that happened some time ago. A newspaper gives an account of
things that happened yesterday. The two are different in degree,
but not in essential qualities. To give an account of an incident
that lasted half an hour and make it clear, connected, and orderly,
requires the same principles as to write a report of events that
lasted through several years. You must arrange your narrative in the
true order, in a story of how a barn was burned, just as in a story
of how a town was settled. In the first case, however, this is not
quite so easy to do, since many of the events occur almost at the
same time. But this very circumstance gives you the clew to an easy
grouping of your facts, since you can put those that happen together
in the same division. An outline for an account of the burning of a
barn is given below:--

  I. Discovery of fire.
      A. Fire shows through one of the windows.
      B. The man of the house runs down the walk toward the barn.
      C. The neighbors come running and calling.
      D. One man is sent to call the fire department.

[All these facts occur almost simultaneously, and the sentences
stating them must be connected or explained by some such phrase as
"at the same time," "seeing this," "while this was being done," "at
that moment," "meanwhile," etc.]

  II. Fighting the fire.
      A. The neighbors bring buckets--a line is formed.
      B. The owner goes in and brings out the horse and cow.
      C. The fire department arrives, connects the hose.
      D. The firemen climb on the roof to direct the water; the fire
            is extinguished.

  III. Final condition.
      A. Half the hay burned, and two wagons ruined.
      B. Horse and cow safe.
      C. The barn can be rebuilt without tearing it completely down.
      D. There was no insurance.

     =Exercise 98.=--I. Make outlines, following this model, and
     write a newspaper account of any of the following events. Do not
     try to describe the occurrence particularly; simply put down as
     clearly as possible the facts, given in their proper order.

     (1) A burglary in the daytime. (2) A rescue of a drowning boy
     by two playmates. (3) A flood which washes away part of a
     street-car track--how long cars were delayed, what passengers
     did, how track was repaired, etc. (4) How a dog, supposed to be
     mad, frightened an entire neighborhood. (5) The burning of a
     department store. (6) The dedication of a church, a hospital,
     an asylum of any kind. (7) A lost child and how he was returned
     to his parents. (8) An accident to a street car. (9) A runaway.
     (10) A steeple climber faints away halfway up a steeple, where
     he hangs suspended by the rope attached to his belt. Tell how he
     was saved. (11) A bear belonging to a circus escapes, and after
     roaming about for a day or so is captured by the circus men.
     (12) A high wind blows down telegraph poles, unroofs barns, and
     throws trees across the roads. Write an account of the amount of
     damage done.

     II. Write a newspaper account of any event at your school:
     (1) A commencement day. (2) A reception day. (3) A play or
     entertainment. (4) A panic over a supposed fire. (5) A boy is
     locked in and has great difficulty in getting out. (6) A water
     pipe is broken and stopped by the presence of mind of one of the

=60. Conversation.=--In the narratives which you have been writing
there has been little if any occasion for conversation. In writing
stories or anecdotes in which certain people come into contact with
other persons, there is often no better way to give a vivid and
interesting account of what happens than to tell what was said. This
is equally true of real and of invented stories. People not only
show their characters when they speak, but they indicate the course
of events. The fact that one favorite form of writing consists
entirely of conversation (for that is all that any play is) shows
how truthfully and vividly facts can be presented in this way.

     =Exercise 99.=--Try telling in conversational form some of the
     fables mentioned on page 139, or write in this form the fable of
     (1) Death and the Woodchopper; (2) The Wolf and the Lamb; (3)
     The Grasshopper and the Ant; (4) The Town Mouse and the Country
     Mouse; (5) The Council of the Rats (Who'll bell the cat?); (6)
     The Fox and the Grapes (this as a monologue, or what the fox
     says to himself, from the moment he sees the grapes until he
     gives up trying to secure them).

     =Exercise 100.=--Give a conversation which you think is
     characteristic and lifelike, such as might have occurred between
     any two of the following persons. Try to bring out something of
     the story which naturally comes to your mind in connection with
     these people.

     1. Joan of Arc to her mother the day before she leaves her home
     to go to the court of the king.

     [Suggestions: Her mother laments over the dangers of the road;
     Joan reassures her--she is to wear armor and be escorted by
     twenty soldiers. Her mother asks again why Joan wishes to set
     out. Joan answers by explaining about her "Voices" and her
     certainty that she is sent by heaven to rescue France.]

     [Read the story of Joan of Arc and of the other persons to be
     treated in this lesson before you begin to write the dialogue.]

     2. Two boys of Puritan families about to embark for America on
     the _Mayflower_.

     3. Christopher Columbus explaining to a friend what his hopes
     are in seeking out Queen Isabella.

     4. A boy and girl in Old Manhattan on Christmas Day, bringing
     out, if possible, some of the customs of the times.

     5. William Tell to his little son before he shoots the apple
     from his head.

     6. The conversation at the christening of the Princess who was
     afterward to be the Sleeping Beauty, bringing in the arrival and
     curse of the wicked fairy.

     7. Conversation of Hop o' my Thumb's father and mother, when
     they decide that the children must be left in the woods because
     they cannot earn enough to feed them.

     8. Conversations between the Grecian warriors who fell at
     Thermopylæ, the evening before the battle.

     9. Robinson Crusoe and his man Friday. Robinson is trying to
     explain (_a_) city life, (_b_) how and why food is cooked, (_c_)
     about his own children in England, (_d_) what winter is like
     when there is snow and ice.

     =Exercise 101.=--Try in the same way to bring out _character_ by
     inventing a dialogue between the persons mentioned below:--

     1. A gentle elder sister and a little boy, very irritable and
     cross from a long illness. He wishes to go outdoors to play and
     is only persuaded to stay in by the promise of a new game.

     2. Two little girls playing at dolls. One is very much given to
     ordering the other about, but finally encounters rebellion.

     3. One boy is urging another to go swimming with him. The second
     boy is afraid and makes all kinds of excuses.

     4. A very bright pupil trying to explain a lesson in arithmetic
     to another who has no head for mathematics.

     5. Two little boys playing Indians; one is teaching another how
     to play.

     6. A father, tired and sleepy, and a little child asking

     7. Imaginary conversation between a lion and a polar bear, whose
     cages are side by side in a circus. Each tells the other about
     his home life when he was free.



=61. Observation.=--The first recommendation given in beginning any
new form of composition is always to arrange what you wish to say in
a logical and orderly manner, by means of an outline, either mental
or written. In description, however, the first thing to do is to
observe the subject of your composition, carefully, completely, and

You will be surprised to see how very carelessly you observe, as a
rule, even things with which you are very familiar.

     Try, offhand, without further examination, to write a
     description of a piece of money (copper, nickel, silver, gold,
     or paper), giving the dimensions and the color, and stating
     what some of the printing on it is; and try in the same way to
     describe the face of a watch, telling the size and length of
     the hands, how they run, and what the printing is; to give an
     accurate and detailed account of the appearance of the front
     of your school building or church, your next door neighbor's
     house, the mechanism of a lamp, the exact disposition of the
     furniture in your parlor at home, a cornstalk (size of leaves,
     shape, how they are set on the stalk, where the ears grow, how
     many wrappings of husk inclose them, etc.), a violet, a silk hat
     (height, width, shape, lining, width of brim, etc.), a cat's
     forefeet (number of toes, sheath for the nail, how they curve
     in, why they do not penetrate the cushioned foot in walking,
     etc.), a common fly, a robin redbreast, the arrangement of
     panels in the front door of your house, an English sparrow, a
     postage stamp. Tell how a cow lies down; a horse; a dog.

     By such experiments you will find that you are hampered not by
     difficulty in expressing what you know, but by the great gaps
     in your knowledge of even such very familiar objects. You will
     discover that you have never really looked at them, although you
     may have seemed to do so every day since you can remember.

Some people seem to have opened more eyes than others, they see with
such force and distinctness; their vision penetrates the tangle
and obscurity where that of others fails like a spent or impotent
bullet. How many eyes did Gilbert White open? How many did Henry
Thoreau? How many did Audubon? How many does the hunter, matching
his sight against the keen and alert senses of a deer or a moose or
a fox or a wolf. Not outward eyes but inward. We open another eye
whenever we see beyond the first general features or outlines of
things--whenever we grasp the special details and characteristic
markings that this mask covers. Science confers new powers of
vision. Wherever you have learned to discriminate the birds, or the
plants, or the geological features of a country, it is as if new
and keener eyes were added.... We think we have looked at a thing
sharply until we are asked for its specific features. I thought
I knew exactly the form of the leaf of the tulip tree, until one
day a lady asked me to draw the outlines of one.... The habit of
observation is the habit of clear and decisive gazing; not by a
first, casual glance, but by a steady, deliberate aim of the eye
are the rare and characteristic things discovered. You must look
intently and hold your eye firmly to the spot, to see more than do
the rank and file of mankind.--JOHN BURROUGHS: _Locusts and Wild

Description by means of writing is often compared to the work of
an artist, since the aim of both artist and writer is to present a
visual image of their subject. But the writer of a description is
more like a Japanese artist than one of his own race. The artists
of Japan look long and fixedly at an object or scene or person, and
then produce the picture from memory. In general, it is not often
easy to write your description while you are actually in presence
of the thing you wish to picture, so that after quick, keen, and
accurate observation you should try to cultivate a retentive memory
for details. Try cultivating both of these qualities by some of the
following class exercises.

     =Exercise 102.=--1. Look for one minute by the clock at your
     teacher's desk, and then without another glance see who can
     describe it with the most accuracy and completeness. 2. Turn
     to the title-page of this book, look at it for a moment, and
     then try to reproduce it. 3. Examine your own shoe for a moment
     and see how clearly you can describe it. 4. The stove or steam
     radiator in your room. 5. What you see from the window nearest
     you after a moment's gaze. 6. Just how the inside of your desk
     looks now--exact place of books, pencils, note books, etc. 7.
     Just how the pupil next you is dressed, with as many details as
     a two-minute gaze will show you. 8. The exact arrangement of
     maps, pictures, reports, plants, etc., about the wall of your
     class room.

As you go about your house or school, in the streets, or in the
woods, try this exercise, either in competition with a companion,
or simply for your own satisfaction. In passing a shop window, see
how many of the objects displayed you can remember, or in passing a
brook, try to observe rapidly but accurately the exact nature of the
banks at the place you crossed. See how definitely you can impress
on your mind the appearance of any house you pass, or of a vehicle
which passes you. After a moment's steady look at your mother's
work-basket see how completely you can describe it,--or the dining
table set for dinner, or the front hall, with wraps and rubbers
in it, or the parlor with several people in it, or the minister
preaching in church. You will be surprised to find how much you have
overlooked before, even in scenes which have been constantly before
you. You will see that Mr. Burroughs does not exaggerate when he
says that when we observe carefully and accurately, it is as though
we had opened a new pair of eyes, "not outward but inward."

=62. General Scientific Description.=--Notice the difference between
these two descriptions:--

1. Gentiàna crinita, Froel. Fringed Gentian. Leaves lanceolate or
broader, with rounded or heart-shaped base; flowers solitary on
long peduncles terminating the stem or simple branches; calyx with
4 unequal lobes; corolla sky blue, showy, 2' long, funnel form, the
4 wedge-obovate lobes with margins cut into a long and delicate
fringe. N. Eng., W. and S.--LEAVITT'S _Outlines of Botany_.

    2. Thou blossom bright with autumn dew,
       And colored with the heaven's own blue,
       That openest when the quiet light
       Succeeds the keen and frosty night.

       Thou comest not when violets lean
       O'er wandering brooks and springs unseen,
       Or columbines, in purple dressed,
       Nod o'er the ground-bird's hidden nest.

       Thou waitest late and com'st alone,
       When woods are bare and birds are flown,
       And frosts and shortening days portend
       The aged year is near his end.

       Then doth thy sweet and quiet eye
       Look through its fringes to the sky,
       Blue--blue--as if that sky let fall
       A flower from its cerulean wall.

       I would that thus, when I shall see
       The hour of death draw near to me,
       Hope, blossoming within my heart,
       May look to heaven as I depart.

  --BRYANT: _To the Fringed Gentian._

You will see at once how extremely varied different forms of
description may be when you reflect that these two extracts are both
descriptions of the same thing. The prose extract presents a plain
and accurate account of facts. The poetry aims to give a description
of the object which will interest, please, and move the reader,
and which will bring a picture vividly before his eyes. Between
two examples contrasting so completely as these, there lies a long
series of gradations from one variety of description to another.
There are, however, two main divisions of this form of writing:
the plain statement, whose only purpose is to present a picture
of the object described and to interest the reader in doing so;
and scientific description, which bears about the same relation to
literary description as a business letter to a friendly one. They
both present facts, but in one case for the sake of the facts and in
the other in order to interest the reader.

When analyzed, scientific description is found to be simply a list
of all the facts about a given subject. These facts, however, must
not be gathered together and thrown into a paragraph without order.
In the plainest sort of description there must be a regular plan.
Begin by stating definitely what it is you are about to treat, or
give a definition of it as it stands in its broad relations to
other things, so that your reader may have a general notion of your
subject. This is called the introduction, and should vary in length
and explicitness according to the familiarity of your theme. If you
are about to describe the common house fly, a simple statement to
that effect is enough; but if you are beginning a description of a
rare dragon fly, you will need not only to give the name, but where
it is found, its general relation to other families of flies more
familiar, and perhaps to tell how you happened to see it, where it
may be observed, etc. In general, however, the introduction should
always be brief and very much to the point, since it is a common
fault for inexperienced writers to delay too long over the beginning.

After this, take up, one by one, in the order of their importance,
the main qualities of your subject. For this purpose you should
have brief outlines prepared, so that you will not state small and
non-essential details before essentials.

The following description of the group of birds known as warblers
will aid you as a model:--

     When you begin to study the warblers, you will probably conclude
     that you know nothing about birds and can never learn. But if
     you begin by recognizing their common traits, and study a few
     of the easiest and those that nest in your locality, you will
     be less discouraged; and when the flocks come back at the next
     migrations, you will be able to master the oddities of a large

     Most of them are very small--much less than half the size of
     a robin--and are not only short, but slender. Active as the
     chickadee or kinglet, they flit about the trees and undergrowth
     after insects, without charity for the observer who is trying to
     make out their markings. Unlike the waxwing, whose quiet ways
     are matched by its subdued tints, the warblers are dashed with
     all the glories of the rainbow, a flock of them looking as if a
     painter's palette had been thrown at them.

     Why they should be called warblers is a puzzle, as a large
     percentage of them have not as much song as a chippy, nothing
     but a thin chatter, or a shrill piping trill. If you wish a
     negative conception of them, think of the coloring and habits
     of the cuckoo. No contrast could be more complete. The best
     places to look for them during migration are in young trees,
     orchards, and sunny slopes. I find them in old orchards, swamps,
     the raspberry patch, and the edge of the woods.--FLORENCE A.
     MERRIAM: _Birds through an Opera Glass._

Study this description, and you will discover the plan on which
it is built. First comes the introduction, giving general
directions for recognizing the subject. Then the most noticeable
characteristics are stated, the size and shape. Habits of great
activity are next mentioned, and a general notion of coloring
is given. The song of the warblers is then taken up, and the
description is summed up in a sentence by contrasting them with the
cuckoo. The statement of where they are found could well have been
placed at the beginning, directly after the introduction.

     =Exercise 103.=--Using this as a model, describe any variety
     of bird or animal with which you are familiar, such as English
     sparrows, hens, parrots, ducks, dogs, cats, horses, goats,
     rabbits, squirrels, pigeons, geese, sheep.

     =Exercise 104.=--Describe tomatoes, peaches, apricots,
     grapes, potatoes, carrots, watermelons, rice, blackberries,
     huckleberries, corn, wheat, oats, rye. Use the following as a

     The apple is one of the most widely cultivated, and best known
     and appreciated of fruits belonging to temperate climates.
     In its wild state it is known as the crabapple, and is found
     generally distributed through Europe and Western Asia. The apple
     tree, as cultivated, is a moderate-sized tree with spreading
     branches, ovate, acutely serrated or crenated leaves, and
     flowers in corymbs. It is successfully cultivated in higher
     latitudes than any other fruit tree, growing up to 65° N.; but,
     notwithstanding this, its blossoms are more susceptible of
     injury from frost than the flowers of the peach or apricot. It
     comes into flower much later than these trees, and so avoids
     the night frost, which would be fatal to its fruit bearing. The
     apples which are grown in northern regions are, however, small,
     hard, and crabbed, the best fruit being produced in hot summer
     climates, such as Canada and the United States."--_Encyclopædia

Try sometimes to make these descriptions so complete that your
classmates can recognize what you are describing without knowing
your subject beforehand. An almost infinite list of subjects
suitable for scientific description could be given, but enough
titles have been suggested to show you that you have only to look
about you to find themes for the exercise.

=63. Specific Scientific Description.=--Compare with the treatment
of the warblers in general this description of one particular
variety of that species, by the same author, a little later in the
same book.

     The Blackburnian is one of the handsomest and most easily
     recognized of the warblers. His throat is a rich orange or
     flame color, so brilliant that it is enough in itself to
     distinguish him from any of the others. His back is black with
     yellow markings. His crown is black, but has an orange spot in
     the center, and the rest of his head, except near his eye, is
     the same flaming orange as his throat. His wings have white
     patches, and his breast is whitish tinged with yellow. His
     sides are streaked with black. The female and young are duller,
     the black of their backs being mingled with olive; while their
     throats are yellow instead of orange.

In this case, the author, having stated the general characteristics
and habits of the family of warblers, needs only to describe
minutely the appearance of one variety.

     =Exercise 105.=--Take up in this way a special variety of
     the general topics you described in the last exercise: Buff
     Cochin hens; parrots from Central America; Royal Pekin ducks;
     Newfoundland or St. Bernard dogs, terriers, bull dogs, or
     greyhounds; Shetland ponies, race horses, or heavy draught
     horses; white rabbits or Belgian hares; gray squirrels,
     chipmunks, red squirrels or flying squirrels; pouter pigeons or
     homing pigeons.

=64. Technical Terms.=--In describing some objects you will find
that careful and accurate observation and logical arrangement of
your information are not enough. You will discover that you do
not know the names for all the various parts of your subject. In
attempting to write a complete description of even as well known
an object as a flower or fruit, you will probably need to consult
a dictionary or a scientific work, to learn the botanical names.
Minute scientific description is, therefore, an excellent exercise
for enlarging your vocabulary, for giving you control over more
words. In using very technical terms, which may be as unfamiliar
to your reader as they were to you before you made a study of your
subject, add a brief explanation of the meaning.

     =Exercise 106.=--Give a plain, scientific description of one or
     more of the illustrations given in your dictionary, remembering
     to start from some point and to proceed regularly from there
     in your description. For instance, in describing a ship under
     sail, begin at the water line and go up to the top of the masts,
     or else in the opposite direction; but do not begin at the
     stern, jump to the bow, and then back again to the masts. Do not
     attempt to explain the different qualities, the workings, or
     the interior parts of these objects. You will have this to do
     in exposition. Simply describe as accurately as possible their
     aspect, on the model of the description of the Blackburnian

     =Exercise 107.=--Describe scientifically and specifically,
     using correct botanical terms, an individual example of one
     of the list of topics given you for general treatment on page
     162, taking up (1) the general habit of growth, (2) usual
     location, (3) usual dimensions of whole plant, (4) body of the
     plant, (5) leaves, (6) flowers, (7) fruit and seeds, (8) any
     general remarks as to its usefulness in the world, etc. In
     addition, treat similarly the sunflower, seaweed, pansies, the
     peanut vine, the hazel nut, witch-hazel, the forget-me-not, the
     golden-rod, the willow, the sumac.

=65. Literary Description.=--An example of literary description,
very far removed from the scientific variety, is the following

     We had a remarkable sunset one day last November. I was walking
     in a meadow, the source of a small brook, when the sun at last,
     just before setting after a cold gray day, reached a clear
     stratum in the horizon; and the softest, brightest morning
     sunlight fell on the dry grass, and on the stems of the trees
     in the opposite horizon, and on the leaves of the scrub oaks on
     the hillside, while our shadows stretched long over the meadows
     eastward as if we were only motes in its beams. It was such a
     light as we could not have imagined a moment before, and the air
     also was so warm and serene that nothing was wanting to make a
     paradise of that meadow. When we reflected that this was not a
     solitary phenomenon, never to happen again, but that it would
     happen forever and ever an infinite number of evenings, and
     cheer and reassure the latest child that walked then, it was
     more glorious still.--H. D. THOREAU: _Excursions._

The real point of difference between such a description and the
account of the Blackburnian warbler is that the aim in the one
case is to present facts and in the other to present a picture.
Observation, however accurate, and order, however logical, are not
enough for this sort of description. You must interest and please,
or you have failed of your purpose. You must observe keenly and
arrange your material carefully, but you must do more than this. You
must remember all the time that you are trying to make a picture,
and in many regards you need to follow the same rule as the artist
does in painting.

For instance, he establishes himself in one place and draws the
object, scene, or person as it looks to him from there. You would
laugh at a painter who, in drawing a solid oak door, put in a person
standing on the other side of it, but one of the first things to
remember in making your written picture is not to put in details
which you could not see from the point where you have placed
yourself to make your sketch. In describing the view from a high
hill, you must not write, "The woods back of our house looked like
a green carpet and the house like the tiniest sort of a child's
plaything. The sun shining in the windows of the front parlor made
the room look as though it were smiling." The last sentence may be
perfectly true, and in an account of the front parlor would be a
good piece of description, but since you could not possibly see that
detail from the top of a distant hill, it is absurd to use it.

More even than this, you must learn to remove too much detail from
your descriptions. Not only should you refrain from using anything
you cannot see from the point where you have placed yourself, but
you should not use all the things you can see. In the exercises on
scientific description you have been observing, as completely as you
possibly could, a given subject, and putting into your composition
all the facts you could see or learn about. In literary description
the process is quite different. You must train yourself to leave
out a great many details, and to select those you use with great
care for their value in aiding you to give your reader a lifelike
picture. In describing a house scientifically, it is of just as
much value to say that there are eight windows on the north side as
that it stands on a high hill, for what you wish to do is to convey
all the information you can about the house. But in a literary
description you should not mention the windows at all, unless there
is something unusual about them, and you should pick out for mention
only the features that make that house different from other houses;
so that one of the first things you would say is some presentation
of the fact that it is on a hill.

     At length we stopped before a very old house bulging out over
     the road; a house with long low lattice-windows bulging out
     still further, and beams with carved heads on the ends bulging
     out too, so that I fancied the whole house was leaning forward,
     trying to see who was passing on the narrow pavement below. It
     was quite spotless in its cleanliness. The old-fashioned brass
     knocker on the low arched door, ornamented with carved garlands
     of fruit and flowers, twinkled like a star. The two stone steps
     descending to the door were as white as if they had been covered
     with fair linen; and all the angles and corners, and carvings
     and moldings, and quaint little panes of glass, and quainter
     little windows, though as old as the hills, were as pure as any
     snow that ever fell from the hills.--CHARLES DICKENS: _David

In this sketch of a house nothing is mentioned that could not be
seen both from the position of a person who has just stepped in
front of it and in the time which would naturally elapse between
his ringing the doorbell and the arrival of some one to answer it.
Notice also that a general impression of the whole house is given in
the first sentence. Just as an artist making a sketch draws first
a general rough outline of the whole object, "blocking in" (as it
is called) the proportions and general aspect before going on to
details; so a good beginning for a description is some general
summing up of the first impression made upon you by the scene,
or of the impression you desire to make upon your reader. This
corresponds to the topic sentence of a paragraph.

     =Exercise 108.=--Write a description from a fixed point, and as
     if after only a few moments' look, of the general impression
     made upon the observer by any of the following subjects, trying
     to catch some characteristic trait or quality, which you can
     state in one metaphor or comparison, as the predominating
     effect. For instance:--

     1. I fancied that the whole house was leaning forward, trying to
     see who was passing on the narrow pavement below.

     2. The deep projection of the second story gave the house such a
     meditative look that you could not pass it without the idea that
     it had secrets to keep, and an eventful history to moralize upon.

     3. The nest looks as if it barely touched the twigs from which
     it hung; but when you examine it, you may find that the gray
     fibers have woven the wood in so securely that the nest would
     have to be torn in pieces before it could be loosened from the

Make your descriptions brief and try to convey vividly the first

     The front of your school building, your home, an old barn, the
     handsomest house in your neighborhood, a country church, the
     kitchen of your home, your own room, a hen house with the hens
     just going to roost, a dovecot, any public monument you may
     know, the inside of a public library, the post office, a drug
     store, a carpenter's shop, a blacksmith's, an iron foundry,
     a milliner's shop, a beehive, a crow's nest, an ant-hill, a
     spider's web, an aquarium, a farmhouse, a tall office building,
     an ocean steamer, a sailboat, any curious house you may have

One good exercise for forcing yourself to express quickly the aspect
of a given object at a given time is to try to describe something in
very rapid motion, of which you can get only a momentary glimpse.
For instance:--

1. The squirrel would shoot up the tree, making only a brown streak
from the bottom to the top.

2. Away across the endless dead level of the prairie a black speck
appears against the sky, and it is plain that it moves. Well, I
should think so! In a second or two it becomes a horse and rider,
rising and falling, rising and falling, sweeping toward us nearer
and nearer, growing more and more distinct, more and more sharply
defined, nearer and still nearer, and the flutter of the hoofs comes
faintly to the ear. Another instant, a whoop and hurrah from all
of us, a wave of the rider's hand, but no reply, and man and horse
burst past our excited faces, and go winging away like a belated
fragment of a storm!

     =Exercise 109.=--1. Try to give a brief, vivid impression of an
     express train passing at full speed, an automobile, a steamer,
     a race horse, a man running, a dog chasing a cat. 2. Describe
     how you are impressed by the passage through a short tunnel of a
     train you are on, by a village you pass on an express, by a bit
     of forest your train darts through.

=66. Description of People.=--Read these two passages, the second
of which is a description by the historian Motley of Thackeray, the
great English novelist.

     1. Mr. Creakle's face was fiery, and his eyes were small and
     deep in his head. He had thick veins in his forehead, a little
     nose, and a large chin. He was bald on the top of his head,
     and had some thin, wet-looking hair that was just turning
     gray, brushed across each temple, so that the two sides
     interlaced on his forehead. But the circumstance about him which
     most impressed me was that he had no voice, but spoke in a
     whisper.--CHARLES DICKENS: _David Copperfield._

     2. He has the appearance of a colossal infant, smooth, white,
     shiny, ringlety hair,--flaxen alas! with advancing years, a
     roundish face, with a little dab of a nose, upon which it is a
     perpetual wonder how he keeps his spectacles, a sweet but rather
     piping voice with something of a childish treble about it, and a
     very tall, slightly stooping figure.

In writing this sort of quick sketch, notice what impresses you
first about your subject, that is, what is the most characteristic
feature. In Dickens's description of the house, it was the fact
that the whole building seemed to be leaning forward; in Motley's
picture of Thackeray, it was the fact that the great novelist looked
curiously like a little child; in Dickens's Mr. Creakle, it was the
fact that the school-teacher had no voice.

     =Exercise 110.=--I. Write in the same way as in the preceding
     lesson a picture, in a paragraph or two, suggested by any of
     the following subjects, trying to catch the most characteristic
     points, such as would impress you after a moment's observation,
     and to state them vividly and briefly, so that the description
     may be recognizable.

     The iceman; the policeman; the washerwoman; the janitor; a
     street-car conductor; a postman; an organ grinder; a newsboy;
     a farmer; a classmate; a messenger boy; a butcher; any one of
     unusual appearance who has passed you in the street, or whom you
     have seen in the cars.

     II. Or, give in the same brief, picturesque manner the
     impression made by a first sight of your dog as differing from
     other dogs of the same breed, trying to express the way in which
     his character shows itself through his appearance--kind and
     slow, or nervous and active, or affectionate and playful, etc.;
     of any dog you have seen who has a marked individuality; of your
     cat, canary, or any of your pets.

In describing a person you will find very often that you are
most impressed by the eyes, and that they give the characteristic
expression to the face. These following extracts, taken from one
novel, the work of a skillful writer, show how much attention is
paid to the eyes of the persons described:--

     1. She was tall and pale, thin and a little awkward; her hair
     was fair and perfectly straight; her eyes were dark and they had
     the singularity of seeming at once dull and restless.

     2. The second young lady was also thin and pale; but she was
     older than the other; she was shorter; she had dark, smooth
     hair. Her eyes, unlike the other's, were quick and bright; but
     they were not at all restless.

     3. This latter personage was a man of rather less than the usual
     stature and the usual weight, with a quick, observant, agreeable
     dark eye.

     4. She was a fair, plump person, of medium stature, with a round
     face, a small mouth, a delicate complexion, a bunch of light
     brown curls at the back of her head, and a peculiarly open,
     surprised-looking eye.

     =Exercise 111.=--I. Look at a portrait or bust of Julius Cæsar
     and see if you think his appearance as a young man was well
     described by the historian Froude in the following extract:--

     A tall, slight, handsome youth, with dark piercing eyes, a
     sallow complexion, large nose, lips full, features refined and
     intellectual, neck sinewy and thick, beyond what might have been
     expected from the generally slender figure.

     II. Write a paragraph or two describing the personal appearance
     of any noted man or woman with whose portrait you are familiar.
     Try to reproduce the most striking traits, describing them as if
     you were speaking of a living person.

     (a) Sir Walter Scott, George Eliot, Hawthorne, Longfellow, James
     Russell Lowell, Whittier, Bryant, Dickens, Tennyson, Louisa M.

     (b) George Washington, Daniel Webster, Abraham Lincoln, General
     Grant, Alexander Hamilton, Bismarck, Napoleon, Julius Cæsar,
     Queen Victoria, Queen Wilhelmina.

     III. Think over some of the fictitious characters given
     below; try to imagine how they would look, and write a brief
     description as of a living person. Do not begin writing until
     you have a complete picture in your mind.

     Cinderella and her two wicked sisters, Robin Hood, Ali Baba,
     Robinson Crusoe, Sindbad the Sailor, Uncle Remus, The Sleeping
     Beauty, Shylock, King Lear, St. George, Santa Claus, Bluebeard,
     Ruth, Samuel, David and Goliath.

=67. Longer Description.=--You are now ready to try descriptions
on a little larger scale. Be careful, however, to bear in mind the
following hints:--

1. Plan your whole description before you write any part of it, and
see that you are following some natural order, such as from left to
right, or right to left, from the top down, from the bottom up, from
head to foot, etc. In describing a landscape, for instance, from a
fixed point, after the introduction (usually only a single sentence)
you begin with what is nearest to you--the foreground--and proceed
to more distant points of the scene. Or you begin with what is far
away--the background--and come closer and closer, finishing with the
things immediately about you.

2. Use no details which will not add to the vividness and force of
your picture. In describing a library, for instance, you can very
well leave out any mention of the number of chairs there are in the
room, or of the fact that the front door is of oak, since those
details might be true of any large public room. But you must not
fail to notice and to remark on the stillness of the place,--people
walking about very quietly and talking in whispers, standing close
to each other,--for that is one of the things which distinguishes a
library from other places. So, in writing of both a handsome street
and an alleyway, you would be telling the truth if you said that
they were both paved and had a gutter on each side, but you would
not be making a picture, as you would if you spoke of battered ash
barrels and hungry cats in the alley, and of beautiful lawns and
pretty romping children in the handsome street. In observing the
scene you wish to describe, you should notice everything, looking at
a sight long familiar to you with the steady gaze you had to give
in order to see what is really on a postage stamp or a dollar bill.
You will find that you have looked at the view from your window with
the same careless, vacant, absent gaze, lacking real attention, and
that you need to fix your mind on observing a landscape or a scene,
before you take in a great many details that are essential. But when
you come to writing, you should think of each detail before you use
it, to see if it brings the picture out more clearly.

3. Use some device for expressing the relation between the different
parts of your picture. This is usually done by employing complex
sentences made up by means of connecting links, such as _near
which_, _above which_, _around which_, etc., and by using such
phrases as _farther off_, _nearer by_, _close at hand_, _far away_,
_in the distance_, _high up_, _directly below_, _on the other side_,
_beyond_, etc.

     =Exercise 112.=--Describe such of the following as your teacher
     may indicate:--

     1. What I see from my window at home, at school. 2. View from
     the highest place to which I ever climbed. 3. View from the top
     of our house. 4. The most beautiful view I ever saw. 5. How
     our street looks from our front steps. 6. Across the meadow.
     7. How my room looks from the door. 8. The views in the park
     I like best. 9. View along a country road. 10. Trees along a
     village street. 11. View along a street in a large city. 12. The
     inside of our church from where I sit. 13. My class room from
     my seat. 14. Our kitchen. 15. The inside of a barn. 16. What I
     can see from the door of a barn. 17. An alleyway in a city. 18.
     View along the most beautiful street I know. 19. View from the
     back of a river or lake. 20. Imaginary description of the view
     I should like best to be able to see from my window. 21. How
     my room would look if I could have it exactly as I wished. 22.
     The prettiest parlor I ever saw. 23. How the inside of a public
     library looks from the door. 24. A view in the woods in the
     winter. 25. An orchard in bloom. 26. Beside the brook. 27. In
     the market. 28. Scene in a department store; in a hospital; in
     a restaurant. 29. A soda-water fountain. 30. A sand pile where
     children have been playing "keep-house." 31. Any scene at a
     county fair.

=68. Description of Conditions.=--Read the following description:--

     A cornfield in July is a hot place. The soil is hot and dry;
     the wind comes across the lazily murmuring leaves laden with
     a warm, sickening smell drawn from the rapidly growing,
     broad-flung banners of the corn. The sun, nearly vertical,
     drops a flood of dazzling light and heat upon the field, over
     which the cool shadows run, only to make the heat seem the more
     intense.--HAMLIN GARLAND: _Main-traveled Roads._

The first sentence of this paragraph states the fact that the
author wished to convey to you. All the rest is added to make the
conditions seem vivid to you, to make you feel the heat, smell
the rank odor of the corn, and hear the murmur of the leaves. You
will notice that this is different from the description in the last
lesson, where you have been trying to tell merely how a scene or
object looked to you, to make a picture such as an artist might
paint. Here you are made to notice odors, motion, noises, and
heat,--things that a painter would find it difficult to suggest in
any picture.

Think how different would be the effect of intense cold on a street
in a big city or in the heart of the forest, and you will see that
in the effect of given conditions on all kinds of objects you have
one of the best methods of portraying a scene.

For instance, in both the country and the city the rapid approach
of a thundershower is preceded by black clouds and a high wind. The
difference lies in what effect these things have. In the country,
the wind tosses the trees wildly about, roars among the branches,
scatters the dry leaves in volleys. In the city the arrival of a
storm is heralded by a flapping of awnings, little whirlwinds of
dust, crowds of people hurrying to shelter or looking up at the sky,
and a hasty removal indoors of everything that would be spoiled by
the rain.

     =Exercise 113.=--In treating such of the following subjects
     as your teacher may indicate, try to notice odor, noise, and
     movement as well as form, color, and position:--

     1. A very cold day in a city street, in a barnyard full of
     animals, in our class room, on the playground, in the woods,
     beside a river or brook, on a street car, in a railway train,
     at the station. 2. A very rainy day in our garden, in summer,
     in spring, in autumn, inside a barn, in an attic, in a henyard,
     in a crowded business street, on a boat, at the door of a
     department store, or church, or theater, at a country fair, at
     a picnic. 3. A snowstorm in the country, in the city. 4. Muddy
     walking on a country road, in a plowed field, in a city street,
     on the playground, at the door of our school. 5. A hot night
     on our piazza, indoors, in a public square, in the woods, in
     a theater, in a flower garden, in the street in front of our
     house, at a pleasure resort. 6. A high wind in the country,
     in the city, in summer, in autumn, in winter, on the harbor
     or river, at sea, in a tall tower, an attic (this mainly for
     sounds), in a pasture full of horses, in a group of pine trees,
     in a cornfield, in a city park, in a city court on wash day.

     =Exercise 114.=--As a class exercise, try writing on some one
     subject and comparing the results. See who has been able to
     produce the clearest impression and why his description is
     successful. The subjects should be only those of which the whole
     class has an equal knowledge, _e.g._ description of some public
     person who has addressed the school; of the walk to school on a
     snowy, rainy, or hot day, of the playground at recess time, of
     the aspect of the halls directly after school is dismissed, of
     the schoolroom, of any incident which all the pupils saw, a fire
     in the neighborhood, etc.

=69. Description by Contrast.=--Another excellent device in
description is contrast. For instance, if you wish to describe the
effect made by a day in the woods when rain has frozen in falling
and has coated everything with ice, you might begin by making
a brief picture of such a day in the city,--every one slipping
uncomfortably, horses straining painfully to keep their footing, the
wheels of street cars revolving uselessly on an ice-coated track;
and then suddenly transfer your description to the woods, where
the trees are as though made of glass, every little twig a prism
to reflect light, and where the bits of ice falling from the trees
tinkle like broken glass on the frozen snow.

     =Exercise 115.=--Describe, by contrasting with each other:--

     1. A heavy draught horse and a race horse. 2. A canoe and a
     raft. 3. A Newfoundland dog and a pug dog. 4. Your class room
     when every one is busy and quietly studying, when every one is
     just going away, and when it is deserted after school hours.
     5. The kitchen of your house on different occasions,--washing,
     ironing, just before dinner, just after a candy pull, after the
     work is all done, on a Sunday afternoon. 6. A theater full of
     people and bright with lights, afterward darkened and deserted
     except for cleaning women. 7. Our garden at different times of
     year,--in spring, when planting is being done; when I am weeding
     it on a hot day in summer; when everything is ripe in autumn; in
     winter, snow-covered. 8. A grocer's shop in early morning with
     a sleepy boy sweeping out, and later when full of customers and
     clerks. 9. An apple tree in blossom; in autumn with ripe fruit;
     in winter. 10. A brook or river frozen over with skaters on it,
     and in midsummer with swimmers, etc. 11. The route I generally
     take to and from school,--in the morning (other pupils going to
     school; business men going to their offices; butcher's carts
     and grocery and ice wagons); in the afternoon (nurses out with
     babies, ladies calling, children at play, etc.). 12. A public
     square in its ordinary aspect, and on the Fourth of July, or
     Decoration Day, or Election Night. 13. A department store full
     of shoppers just before Christmas, and early in the morning on a
     hot summer day, with only the clerks and a few customers. 14. A
     railway station, quiet and deserted, with only a few travelers
     waiting silently, and when an important train arrives, bringing
     a crowd of passengers.

=70. Description of Events.=--In the extract given below there is a
certain amount of definite information conveyed, in addition to the
pictures presented.

     Slowly and mournfully they carried his embalmed body in a
     procession of great state to Paris, and thence to Rouen, where
     his queen was, from whom the sad intelligence of his death was
     concealed until he had been dead some days. Thence, lying on a
     bed of crimson and gold, with a golden crown upon his head and
     a golden ball and scepter lying in the nerveless hands, they
     carried him to Calais, with such a great retinue as seemed to
     dye the road black. The King of Scotland acted as chief mourner,
     all the Royal Household followed; the knights wore black armor
     and black plumes of feathers, crowds of men bore torches, making
     the night as light as day; and the widowed Princess followed
     last of all. At Calais there was a fleet of ships to bring the
     funeral host to Dover; and so, by way of London Bridge, where
     the service for the dead was chanted as it passed along, they
     brought the body to Westminster Abbey, and there buried it with
     great respect.--CHARLES DICKENS: _A Child's History of England._

An account of almost any happening, custom, or festival must be told
in this way, with an eye both to stating facts clearly and at the
same time to making them seem lifelike.

This sort of exercise is harder than anything you have yet tried,
for you must be at once complete and full in your account and yet
must continue to go on in the sort of picture making you have
been practicing. In a way, this is almost a return to some of the
exercises in narrative which you have had, since a description of
several happenings in order of time is really a narrative. At any
rate, in trying this sort of description you are like a person who
has been learning to play the piano, first with the right hand and
then with the left, and finally with both together in a simple but
complete melody. You are to keep in mind that you have two aims in
view: to be as full as is necessary to give an accurate idea of the
facts, and to attempt to present a picture.

     =Exercise 116=.--Describe accurately, as though for a newspaper
     or magazine, but trying to reproduce some of the essential
     characters of the event:--

     A fire drill in your school; how you celebrate Fourth of July,
     Thanksgiving, Hallowe'en, New Year's Day; laying the corner
     stone of a new building; the procession of the veterans on
     Decoration Day; a political parade or meeting; a wedding;
     a funeral; the parade of the Fire Department; a play or
     entertainment given by your school.

=71. Picture Making of Scenes of Action.=--Here, instead of
describing something stationary, like a house or landscape, the
writer has taken one moment of a scene of action, and has attempted
to make, as it were, a snapshot photograph of it.

     To-day the large side doors were thrown open toward the sun to
     admit a beautiful light to the immediate spot of the shearers'
     operations, which was the wood threshing floor in the center,
     formed of thick oak, black with age. Here the shearers knelt,
     the sun slanting in on their bleached shirts, tanned arms, and
     the polished shears they flourished, causing them to bristle
     with a thousand rays strong enough to blind a weak-eyed man.
     Beneath them a captive sheep lay panting, increasing the
     rapidity of its pants as misgiving merged in terror, till it
     quivered like the hot landscape outside.--THOMAS HARDY: _Far
     from the Madding Crowd._

All the painters of historical pictures try in the same way to
paint one moment of a well-known incident, and they select some
significant moment; that is, one where the action tells something of
the story involved.

     =Exercise 117.=--I. Imagine that you are about to paint a
     picture of any one of the following scenes, and describe what
     comes into your mind when you think of the incident. Do not tell
     the story--simply describe the scene at a given moment.

     1. Columbus sighting land. 2. Columbus landing. 3. The burial of
     De Soto. 4. Pocohontas saving the life of John Smith. 5. Penn
     making a treaty with the Indians. 6. A scene in the attack on
     Braddock by Indian skirmishers. 7. An night attack by Indians on
     a colonial settlement. 8. The discovery of Major André. 9. King
     Alfred and the cakes. 10. The rain of manna on the Children of

     II. Try in the following subjects to make a picture which would
     serve as illustration to a story. See if you can make the
     picture recognizable, so that your classmates can tell what the
     story is from the one scene from it which you present them.

     1. Horatius at the bridge. 2. The Sleeping Beauty. 3. William
     Tell and the apple. 4. Cinderella trying on the slipper. 5.
     Ivanhoe and Rebecca during the progress of the battle which
     Rebecca is describing. 6. Ulysses, returned to Ithaca, is
     recognized by his old dog Argus. 7. Uncle Remus telling stories
     to the little boy. 8. Barbara Frietchie. 9. Robinson Crusoe and
     the footprints.

Here is a description, by Parkman, of the robbing of a train of pack
horses carrying valuable goods.

     Advancing deeper among the mountains, they began to descend the
     valley at the foot of Sidling Hill. The laden horses plodded
     knee-deep in snow. The mountains towered above the wayfarers in
     gray desolation, and the leafless forest howled dreary music to
     the wind of March.

     Suddenly, from behind snow-beplastered trunks and shaggy
     bushes of evergreen, uncouth apparitions started into view.
     Wild visages protruded, grotesquely horrible with vermilion
     and ocher, white lead and soot; stalwart limbs appeared,
     encased in buckskin; and rusty rifles thrust out their long
     muzzles. In front and flank and all around them white puffs of
     smoke and sharp reports assailed the bewildered senses of the
     travelers.--FRANCIS PARKMAN: _The Conspiracy of Pontiac._

With this description you are again almost back to narration. The
extract presents two pictures, and in so doing, relates a story.

This way of telling a story by a succession of pictures is a
favorite one with comic illustrators, but it is also used very often
in writing, although in a real narration explanatory matter is added
between the scenes.

     =Exercise 118.=--The following topics are given as subjects for
     description only, and you are to try to give as vivid a picture
     of the two scenes as you can, letting the story tell itself by

     1. Boys skating at top speed along a river with a pack of wolves
     in the distance. A camp of wood choppers beside the river, a
     fire burning, the boys fallen exhausted, and men starting up
     with guns in their hands.

     2. People on a raft waving coats and handkerchiefs wildly. On
     board a big ocean steamer, with passengers gathered around the
     group of rescued castaways.

     3. A Christmas tree inside a richly furnished room with
     well-dressed children gathered around it. Outside in the snow a
     group of poor children looking in at the window.

     4. A boy with a swollen jaw in the dentist's chair. A group of
     smaller children to whom the boy proudly holds up a tooth.

     5. A hen calling wildly to her chickens and trying to cover them
     with her wings, and a farmer running up with a gun. The farmer
     has his gun in one hand, and with the other holds up a big
     hen-hawk for a group of people to see.

     6. A street with everybody running in one direction, pointing
     ahead. A house on fire with firemen climbing up on ladders.

     7. A family assembled at the dinner table in the evening quietly
     talking together. A man taps on the window pane outside; every
     one starts up in surprise and great pleasure, as if he were a
     relative returned from travels.

     8. A group of women gathered at the end of a pier on a stormy
     night, straining their eyes anxiously out to sea. A fisherman
     returning up the beach, at early dawn, with a net full of fish
     on his back. In the background a small house with children
     running out to meet him.

=72. Travel.=--It is hard to draw a definite line between
descriptive writing and narrative writing, since description is very
often needed to make a narration interesting, and sometimes to make
it complete. There is one kind of composition where the two methods
of writing are needed in almost equal quantities, and that is in
stories of travel. In writing an account of a journey, you have a
distinct story to tell, since you are narrating a series of events
that took place one after the other; but without description of what
you saw the account is scarcely worth writing at all. Your aim is
to give your reader a clear idea of the course of your journey, and
you can only do this by a combination of narration and description,
by telling what happened and then by trying to make a picture of
the event. So that there are two main things to remember in writing
of travel: first, to make your journey clear and intelligible by
following the time-order in your narration, and by recollecting
all the important stages of the trip; and, second, to select for
description the most interesting incidents or places which you saw,
and to write of them as vividly and picturesquely as possible.

     The roads were gay early next morning when we started, for it
     was market day, and the country people were flocking into town,
     some driving their pigs, some riding donkeys with calfskin
     saddles adorned with little red tassels; the women wearing
     high-crowned hats with bright handkerchiefs tied on underneath,
     and bright cotton shawls; the men with brown-and-white-striped
     blankets gracefully thrown over the shoulder, and in their
     hands long, brass-tipped staves. Most of the women had large
     gold earrings, and some of them, in addition, gold chains and
     crosses and filigree heart-shaped pendants. We met presently a
     troop of fishwomen running at full speed to catch the market,
     their baskets balanced on their heads. Their earrings were
     hoop-shaped, and their skirts short and tucked up, and they
     had embroidered purses hanging at the side. The fishermen we
     overtook a little later, going back toward the sea with their
     nets. All had time to touch their caps and say "Good day," for
     civility to strangers is the rule in Portugal. Here and there
     were children minding goats under the shade of the olives. No
     idlers, no beggars were to be seen. At noon we came to Alcobaça,
     and walked through the town to the great abbey church of the
     Cistercians. The market was going on outside it. Gayly dressed
     women presided over heaps of maize and oranges and eggs. Strings
     of donkeys were tied up by the wall. A scarlet-robed acolyte
     walked amongst the people collecting alms. A broad flight of
     steps led up to the great door. Inside all is very simple and
     grand--a vaulted roof, rows of slender columns, no pictures or
     tawdry decorations to be seen. Now and then, not very often,
     a woman would come in from the busy market place and kneel to
     say a silent prayer.... We visited the convent where Beckford
     had lived, and saw its great tiled kitchen and its beautiful
     cloisters, and then went back to the inn to lunch, where we
     enjoyed above all a liberal dish of green peas--green still in
     our memories.

     We drove on through pleasant fields and vineyards, catching
     sight now and then of the distant sea, and, suddenly coming to
     an open space through the trees, we saw before us the great
     memorial church of Batalha, the Battle Abbey of Portugal, its
     pinnacles and the delicate lace work of its roof standing out
     against the clear blue sky. It stands quite alone, except for
     the handful of red-tiled houses that form the village, and from
     its roof you look down, not on the smoke and turmoil of human
     habitations, but on green fields and slopes and olive trees;
     and under its walls no troops of beggars, or pleasure seekers,
     or chattering merchants disturb the stillness. One only I saw
     there, sitting near the door under the shade of a bright-colored
     umbrella, a heap of pottery at her feet for sale, and a donkey
     tied up close by; but her child had fallen asleep in her arms,
     and she did not move or speak. Inside, also, all was quiet,
     and we could enjoy its beauty--the long aisles, the endless
     columns, the exquisite cloisters, where the fantastic and varied
     stone traceries contrast with the quaint formal garden with
     its box-edged beds, in which are set roses, and peonies, and
     columbines.... We learned that the church was founded in 1387
     by the great King Joao soon after the fighting of the decisive
     victory which it commemorates, and that there is a doubt as
     to the architect employed, whether he was an Irishman named
     Hackett, or another. I am all for the Irishman, but hope he was
     not also responsible for the idea of laying the foundations
     in this hollow, where the water lies when the winter floods
     begin. We tried to find out, through Antonio, how high the water
     actually rises, but he would only wave his hands deferentially
     and say, as though he had been one of Canute's courtiers, "As
     high as you please, sir." That night we slept at Leiria. The
     inn is over a stable, and one room looks out on a piggery and
     another on a fowl yard.

     We said farewell to our mules, and took the train again at
     Pombal, interesting chiefly from its association with the
     great eighteenth-century statesman of the same name. We look
     out from the railway carriage on level meadows, purple with
     vipers' bugloss, bordering the Mondego, and then across a bend
     of the river where it is broadest we see Coimbra, the Oxford of
     Portugal, an ancient and beautiful city, beautifully set on a
     hillside. Bare-headed, black-robed students fill the streets,
     and swarm in and out of the doors of the university. The streets
     are steep and narrow, and here and there are unexpected gardens
     and blossoming Judas trees.--LADY GREGORY: _Through Portugal._

     =Exercise 119.=--Write, either in letter form or as a
     composition, an account of any journey you have taken. It is
     better to select a small part of a trip, and describe that
     quite completely, than to try to cover a long journey. A day's
     excursion, if it is interesting, is enough as a rule for one
     exercise, although this is by no means an invariable rule.

     The following subjects are given as suitable for travel
     compositions, or as suggesting others:--

     1. Our trip to the county fair. 2. The journey I took the
     first time I saw the ocean. 3. How we go away for the summer:
     packing up, leaving the house, the journey with pet animals,
     etc., arrival. 4. A trip that should have been very short, but
     was made long by an accident. 5. How we go fishing, hunting,
     studying birds. 6. The trip to the greatest natural curiosity I
     ever saw; a cave; hanging cliff; waterfall, etc.

=73. Descriptions of an Hour.=--When you write an account of a
journey, you are telling all the interesting events that occurred in
your life on a certain day or days, or in a certain number of hours.
Now you do not need to travel to have interesting things happen to
you, and a lively and picturesque account of your doings for an
afternoon or a morning may be extremely readable, although perhaps
you did not stir from one room. You will be quite surprised to see
how many things you do, or any one else does, in a short space of

The following passage from _David Copperfield_ is an account of how
an underdone leg of mutton was made palatable after it had come to
the table. No subject could be simpler, and yet it is treated in so
lively a way that it is very entertaining.

     There was a gridiron in the pantry, on which my morning
     rasher of bacon was cooked. We had it in, in a twinkling, and
     immediately applied ourselves to carrying Mr. Micawber's idea
     into effect. The division of labor to which he had referred
     was this: Traddles cut the mutton into slices; Mr. Micawber
     (who could do anything of this sort to perfection) covered them
     with pepper, mustard, salt, and cayenne; I put them on the
     gridiron, turned them with a fork, and took them off, under Mr.
     Micawber's direction; and Mrs. Micawber heated, and continually
     stirred, some mushroom ketchup in a little saucepan. When we had
     slices enough to begin upon, we fell to, with our sleeves still
     tucked up at the wrists, more slices sputtering and blazing on
     the fire, and our attention divided between the mutton on our
     plates, and the mutton then preparing.

     What with the novelty of this cookery, the excellence of it,
     the bustle of it, the frequent starting up to look after it,
     the frequent sitting down to dispose of it as the crisp slices
     came off the gridiron hot and hot, the being so busy, so flushed
     with the fire, so amused, and in the midst of such a tempting
     noise and savor, we reduced the leg of mutton to the bone. My
     own appetite came back miraculously. I am ashamed to record it,
     but I really believe I forgot Dora for a little while. Traddles
     laughed heartily almost the whole time, as he ate and worked.
     Indeed we all did, all at once; and I dare say there never was a
     greater success.

     We were at the height of our enjoyment, and were all busily
     engaged, in our several departments, endeavoring to bring the
     last batch of slices to a state of perfection that should crown
     the feast, when I was aware of a strange presence in the room,
     and my eyes encountered those of the staid Littimer, standing
     hat in hand before me.--CHARLES DICKENS: _David Copperfield._

     =Exercise 120.=--I. Take a piece of paper and try to note down
     everything a baby of six or eight months does for a half an
     hour when he is wide awake and active. Or take similar notes of
     all that a two-year-old child does in an hour's play; or watch
     a kitten amuse itself, and try to write an account of it that
     will give your reader some idea of the gay frolics of the little
     animal. If you can find a colony of ants, their movements will
     give you good material for this sort of composition; or a pair
     of birds building a nest, or a crowd of little children playing.

     II. In the same way, write on any of the following subjects:--

     1. The story of a convalescent's afternoon. 2. The story of one
     day in house-cleaning time. 3. What we do on Sunday afternoon.
     4. The first day at school after a vacation. 5. Our school
     picnic. 6. Two hours spent at a junction, waiting for a delayed
     train--how we amused ourselves. 7. The first time I ever rode
     horseback or tried to sail a boat. 8. The cook's last fifteen
     minutes before dinner is served. 9. An hour in a department
     store. 10. A visit to a flour mill, blacksmith shop, large
     bakery, candy factory, or any manufactory. 11. An afternoon
     spent just as I should like it best. 12. What a country boy
     does to amuse himself in two leisure hours; a city boy. 13. The
     hardest hour's work I ever did. 14. The hour on a farm spent in
     feeding the animals. 15. How we hurried to catch the morning
     train. 16. The half hour when I tried to amuse the baby.


NARRATION (_Continued_)

=74. Historical Stories.=--In writing on the subjects given below,
you are to try to make a complete story, including the dialogue
between the principal characters, what descriptions of scenery or
people or houses you think are needed to make your picture vivid
and your persons real, and what explanation of conditions or
surroundings are necessary to make the action intelligible.

     Once upon a time a worthy merchant of London, named Gilbert
     à Becket, made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and was taken
     prisoner by a Saracen lord. This lord, who treated him kindly
     and not like a slave, had one fair daughter, who fell in love
     with the merchant; and who told him that she wanted to become
     a Christian, and was willing to marry him if they could fly to
     a Christian country. The merchant returned her love, until he
     found an opportunity to escape, when he did not trouble himself
     about the Saracen lady, but escaped with his servant Richard,
     who had been taken prisoner along with him, and arrived in
     England and forgot her. The Saracen lady, who was more loving
     than the merchant, left her father's house in disguise to
     follow him, and made her way, under many hardships, to the
     seashore. The merchant had taught her only two English words
     (for I suppose he must have learnt the Saracen tongue himself,
     and made love in that language), of which London was one, and
     his own name, Gilbert, the other. She went among the ships
     saying, "London! London!" over and over again, until the sailors
     understood that she wanted to find an English vessel that would
     carry her there; so they showed her such a ship, and she paid
     for her passage with some of her jewels, and sailed away. Well!
     The merchant was sitting in his counting house in London one
     day, when he heard a great noise in the street; and presently
     Richard came running in from the warehouse with his eyes wide
     open and his breath almost gone, saying, "Master, master, here
     is the Saracen lady!" The merchant thought Richard was mad;
     but Richard said, "No, master! As I live, the Saracen lady is
     going up and down the city, calling 'Gilbert! Gilbert!'" Then
     he took the merchant by the sleeve and pointed out a window;
     and there they saw her among the gables and waterspouts of
     the dark, dirty streets, in her foreign dress, so forlorn,
     surrounded by a wondering crowd, and passing slowly along,
     calling "Gilbert! Gilbert!" When the merchant saw her and
     thought of the tenderness she had shown him in his captivity,
     and of her constancy, his heart was moved, and he ran down into
     the street; and she saw him coming, and with a great cry fainted
     in his arms. They were married without loss of time, and Richard
     (who was an excellent man) danced with joy the whole day of the
     wedding; and they all lived happily ever afterward.

     This merchant and the Saracen lady had one son, Thomas à
     Becket. He it was who became the favorite of King Henry the
     Second.--CHARLES DICKENS: _A Child's History of England._

Read this over very carefully and note the construction of it.
The first half is plain narration, such as you have employed
in historical writing, in fables, etc., but the second half is
embellished narration, or a report of facts that at the same time
gives you a lifelike picture of how they took place. After telling
you the first half of his story without description, or any attempt
to make you see the scenes, Dickens gives you a complete and
striking picture of the last part of the action. It is by no means
always best to adopt this method in story telling, but in re-telling
historical stories it is often a good plan, since frequently your
reader needs a brief explanation of what the general conditions are
before he can really understand the tale you wish to tell him. For
instance, in writing the story of Robin Hood for a little boy, you
would need to explain some of the conditions of England at that
time, so that your reader would not think of him as a common thief
and poacher.

     =Exercise 121.=--Look up the facts about any of the following
     subjects, think them over, make the persons and scenes real to
     your own mind, and write as though trying to make the story
     clear, intelligible, interesting, and vivid to a boy or girl
     eight years old.

     1. Robin Hood. 2. William Tell and his little son. 3. King
     Alfred and the cakes. 4. John Smith and Pocohontas. 5. The youth
     of Hannibal and his vow of revenge on the Romans. 6. Leonidas
     and the Spartans at Thermopylæ. 7. Nathan Hale's capture and
     death. 8. The Spanish Armada. 9. Guy Fawkes and his conspiracy.
     10. The story of Marcus Curtius. 11. Dick Whittington.

     All these subjects have been selected because they naturally
     suggest to your mind one vivid and dramatic picture toward the
     end, so that you can take as a model the story of Gilbert à
     Becket. After you have studied the facts of each story, see
     if a picture does not rise before you of the most exciting or
     characteristic moment of the action. Then try to make this
     picture real to your reader by the best and most spirited
     description you can write. Put yourself in the place of the
     persons of the incident you are relating, and try to see the
     scene and feel what naturally would move you.

     =Exercise 122.=--Re-tell the following well-known stories,
     selecting two or three incidents for particularly detailed and
     careful treatment. Choose those that appeal to you as affording
     a good chance either for animated dialogue, which is an
     excellent means of making a scene lifelike, or for description
     which shall make the persons and action seem more real. Never
     put in any description for its own sake,--only so much as will
     help to interest your reader and make him feel and see the
     incidents of your story. In these stories, taken from well-known
     poems, be careful not to let yourself be influenced by the
     words of the poem. Think of the story as apart from its poetic
     expression, and write it in your own language.

     1. Ulysses and the Cyclops. 2. Ulysses and the Sirens. 3.
     Ulysses's arrival at home. 4. Iphigenia. 5. The Pied Piper
     of Hamlin. 6. The story of the wooden horse in the siege of
     Troy. 7. Jason and the Golden Fleece. 8. The story of Pegasus
     and Bellerophon. 9. The One-Hoss Shay. 10. The Falcon. 11.
     John Gilpin's Ride. 12. Paul Revere's Ride. 13. Yussouf (James
     Russell Lowell). 14. Hervé Riel (Browning). 15. A story from the
     Bible, such as that of David and Goliath.

=75. Fictitious Stories.=--In writing on the subjects of the
preceding lesson you have been using material furnished you by
history or by poetry. The final step in story writing is often
considered to be the invention of the material from which you weave
your tale; but, as a matter of fact, few writers actually invent
their material. What is usually meant by "invention" in story
telling is power to see the story which lies in the events of every
day. A small incident, if you interest yourself in it, will be
of interest to a reader. Once when John Burroughs was fishing on
a lake, a mouse ran up his oar into the boat, sat there for a few
moments, and then swam back to shore. You could scarcely imagine
a less exciting adventure, and yet see what a charming little
narrative he has made of it, making you almost feel that you have
held the gentle little creature in your hand, and arousing so much
sympathy for it in your mind that you are genuinely glad to think it
was able to return safely to land:--

     I met one of these mice in my travels one day under peculiar
     conditions. He was on his travels also, and we met in the middle
     of a mountain lake. I was casting my fly there, when I saw, just
     sketched or etched upon the glassy surface, a delicate V-shaped
     figure, the point of which reached about to the middle of the
     lake, while the two sides, as they diverged, faded out toward
     the shore. I saw the point of this V was being slowly pushed
     across the lake. I drew near in my boat, and beheld a little
     mouse swimming vigorously for the opposite shore. His little
     legs appeared like swiftly revolving wheels beneath him. As I
     came near, he dived under the water to escape me, but came up
     again like a cork and just as quickly. It was laughable to see
     him repeatedly duck beneath the surface and pop back again in a
     twinkling. He could not keep under water more than a second or
     two. Presently I reached him my oar, when he ran up it and into
     the palm of my hand, where he sat for some time and arranged
     his fur and warmed himself. He did not show the slightest fear.
     It was probably the first time he had ever shaken hands with a
     human being. He had doubtless lived all his life in the woods,
     and was strangely unsophisticated. How his little round eyes
     did shine, and how he sniffed me to find out if I was more
     dangerous than I appeared to his sight!

     After a while I put him down in the bottom of the boat and
     resumed my fishing. But it was not long before he became very
     restless, and evidently wanted to go about his business. He
     would climb up to the edge of the boat and peer down into the
     water. Finally he could brook the delay no longer and plunged
     boldly overboard; but he had either changed his mind or lost his
     reckoning, for he started back in the direction from which he
     had come, and the last I saw of him was a mere speck vanishing
     in the shadows near the shore.--JOHN BURROUGHS: _Squirrels and
     Other Fur-Bearing Animals._

     =Exercise 123.=--Following this model, tell any incident, either
     real or invented, suggested by the following subjects:--

     1. Our cat and the dry leaves. 2. Our canary bird and the
     thunderstorm. 3. The butcher and the sick dog. 4. The tired
     street-car conductor and the lame man. 5. The mother and child
     and the little beggar. 6. How a horse got rid of his halter. 7.
     The hen and the duck eggs. 8. The elevator boy, the irritable
     man, and the soft answer. 9. The teacher's watch left in the
     class room and the janitor's little boy. 10. How I lost my
     belief in Santa Claus, in fairies. 11. A queer idea I had when
     I was younger,--_e.g._ that the North Pole is an actual pole
     sticking out from the ground, etc.

=76. The Beginning.=--The beginning of a story is a very important
part of it, for the average reader will not go on with a story which
does not interest him at once. It is therefore better, as a rule, to
begin, not with an introduction, as in historical stories, but with
some phrase or sentence that belongs in the action. Then, after you
have caught your reader's attention, you can, in a later paragraph,
give briefly what explanation is needed.

The beginnings of several excellent stories are given here to show
you how they commence without any sort of introduction.

     [Edgar Allan Poe's _Descent into the Maelstrom_.] "We had now
     reached the summit of the loftiest crag. For some minutes the
     old man seemed too much exhausted to speak."

     [Octave Thanet's _The Sheriff_.] "Sheriff Wickliff leaned out of
     his office window, the better to watch the boy soldiers march
     down the street."

     [Louisa M. Alcott's _Jack and Jill_.] "'Clear the track' was the
     general cry on a bright December afternoon, when all the boys
     and girls of Harmony Village were out enjoying the first good
     snow of the season."

     =Exercise 124.=--Sometimes the beginning is so full of meaning
     that you can almost construct the whole story from it. See if
     you can finish the stories begun below:--

     1. Waking up with a start, he was very much amazed to find
     himself under the counter and not at home in bed. A little
     moonlight coming in the grocery window showed him where he
     was, and he remembered that he had lain down for a moment's
     nap, just as the clerks were closing the doors. Probably no
     one had noticed the little errand boy, tired out with his long
     day's work and with a long evening before spent over his books.
     Suddenly he noticed that the room was growing lighter, and saw a
     little tongue of flame shoot up from the floor near him.

     2. Jack pulled his hand out of his pocket with a cry of alarm.
     "Why I've lost my purse and my railway ticket home!" he said,
     "and I don't know a soul in the city. What shall I do!" As he
     spoke, he noticed a man step out of a store and try to put up
     the awning over the door. The rope caught on a nail, and without
     seeing what was the trouble the man jerked impatiently but
     uselessly. Jack had been brought up to help people out if he
     could. "I think I can do that," he said pleasantly, stepping
     forward. The man stopped and looked at him curiously.

     3. The mast broke with a loud report and the sail blew overboard
     in a breath. The two boys looked at each other with pale faces.
     "If this wind keeps up, it looks as though we never should get
     back to shore," said George, looking about him despairingly.

     4. When Oliver Whiting realized that he had lived with the
     Indians for five years, it always surprised him. The time had
     slipped by very rapidly since that exciting night of the raid
     on the Puritan settlement, when he had been carried off from
     his master's house. He had really been happier in the lazy
     Indian life than in the busy, active, hard-working household
     of the Puritan farmer. As he lay on the grass one summer
     evening, listening to the river and watching the stars shine,
     he reflected that if he could, he would not choose to go away
     from his kindly Indian captors. A low call made him turn his
     head, and there, within a few feet of him, stood his old master,
     Fear-God Elliott.

     5. "Run Johnnie, or the tree will strike you," shouted Mr.
     Edwards to his ten-year-old son, pushing him out of the way. The
     great tree came crashing down. The child was safe, but the man
     lay groaning with pain, both legs pinned down by the terrible,
     crushing weight.

     "Johnnie, do you suppose you can find your way five miles to
     Neighbor Ashley's clearing?" said the man, compressing his pale
     lips to keep back a shriek of pain. "If you lose yourself,
     you'll starve to death and so shall I, but there's no other way
     to save us both."

     6. Mary Ellen was thinking of nothing more exciting than her
     arithmetic lesson, as she looked absently through the open door
     into the long empty hall of the school building. What she saw
     there made her catch her breath in horror, but her presence of
     mind came instantly to her rescue. If she screamed "Fire! Fire!"
     there would be a panic. What could she do? All at once a bright
     idea struck her.

In beginning a story of your own, you should take any one of these
beginnings as model. You will notice that each of them lets you
know at once three main points--the principal character, the place
of the action, and the general conditions. It is very important to
do this, and, as you notice, these facts can be brought in without
stating them definitely and tediously. For instance, the first story
given might have begun, "Harry was an errand boy in a grocer's shop.
He was poor and had to work hard all day, but he was ambitious, and
kept up his studies in the evening. One night he went to sleep under
the counter. When he woke up, he saw a tongue of flame darting up
from the floor." Do you see how much better the first way of telling
you all this about Harry is than the second?

=77. The Ending.=--The end of a story is also very important. It
should contain the _point_. This is sometimes the explanation of the
action, sometimes the summing up of the spirit of the tale, but in
any case it is brief and lively.

     =Exercise 125=--See if you can write the stories that go before
     the endings given below:--

     1. I was trembling with terror as the apparition drew nearer,
     and little Pollie was shaking so she could hardly stand. All at
     once she burst out in a loud fit of laughter, pointing through
     the dusk at the white spirit of our fears. "Why, aren't we
     silly!" she cried. "It's no ghost at all,--only our own old
     white cow."

     2. Pauline had just given up trying to control the maddened
     horse, when out of a house ahead of them dashed a man with a
     long rope. Coiling this, he threw it deftly around the horse's
     neck as it plunged by, and, instantly dropping it about a fence
     post, he brought the animal to a dead stop so quickly that
     Pauline was thrown out of the wagon. She was unhurt, however,
     and the man, who ran to pick her up, exclaimed when he saw who
     she was. "Well, perhaps you'll take my advice about horses the
     next time," he said laughingly.

     3. I splashed wildly, I kicked up a tremendous foam with my
     feet, I panted and spluttered like a porpoise; but, looking over
     my shoulder, I saw I had passed the line of the old oak tree.
     The deed was done,--very badly it might be, but none the less
     actually the accomplishment was mine. I had learned to swim at

=78. The Body.=--You have now studied the beginning and the end
of a story. The middle part is the easiest of all. You may have
learned enough geometry to know that a straight line is the shortest
distance between two points. A good story is the shortest distance
between a good beginning and a good ending. By that you are not
to understand actually the shortest statement you can make of the
facts involved, but the shortest treatment of your theme which still
slights none of the features necessary to make your ending most
effective. Fix your mental eye on your ending, and write your story
to make that most full of meaning. For instance, the first of the
three endings given above would lose most of its value if you did
not, in writing the story, describe the lonely house at twilight,
the two dreadfully frightened children, and the shapeless white mass
looming up through the dusk. Their relief at finding it to be only
a cow is neither amusing nor even interesting unless you have shown
by a lively description how terribly alarmed they were. In the same
way the last ending must be preceded by a humorous account of the
great difficulty a boy had in learning to swim. His joy at finding
he could make a little headway is only of interest because it comes
as a contrast to former discouragement.

     =Exercise 126.=--Write a story suggested by any of the following
     titles or phrases:--

     1. The first time I was badly frightened. 2. The thing I am
     proudest of having done. 3. My runaway. 4. How the bird's nest
     was saved from the snake. 5. When the elephant broke loose from
     the circus. 6. How the fox got the honeycomb away from the bear
     by saying it was bad for his health. 7. What I did when our
     house caught on fire. 8. How our cat got out of the barn when
     she was shut in. 9. Why I got to the train late. 10. How the
     children lost in the woods kept house in the cave. 11. What
     would happen if the statues in our school building could come to
     life. 12. If the pictures could come to life. 13. Christopher
     Columbus revisits America. 14. An interesting dream I once had.
     15. At this, the Queen of the Fairies touched Hans with her
     wand. "Oh," he cried, "I'll never put off doing anything again."
     16. The old sailor gave a little shiver of recollection. "Well,
     I hope you'll never be in such a place, sonny," he said to the
     little boy. 17. The poor old man looked at the kind young lady
     very intently. "Weren't you in Archester one summer?" he asked.
     "Why, you must be old Farmer Norton, to whom I owe such a lot of
     money," she cried. "I never could find you to pay it back."



=79. General Principles.=--There is perhaps no other form of
composition which is so generally in use as exposition or
explanation. If you observe your own conversation and that of
the people about you, you will find that a great deal of it is
explanation. Every time you say in answer to some question about a
remark you have just made, "Why, I mean that--," you are explaining
the first remark. In almost all the recitations you make in school
you are explaining something--a principle in arithmetic, or in
physics, the construction of something in manual training, the
meaning of a word, etc. The object of your explanation is to make
the person whom you address understand the nature of your subject.
There are a number of devices for doing this, which will be treated
in this chapter, but you are never to forget that your aim is simply
to make some one clearly understand what was not plain to him before.

In description you were told that knowledge of your subject was the
most necessary element. This is so true of exposition that only the
briefest mention of that necessity is enough to show you its great
importance. It might be possible to describe something and give a
fair notion of it, without knowing it thoroughly yourself; but
this is out of the question in explanation. If you do not entirely
and completely understand what you are talking about, you certainly
cannot explain it to any one else. One of the great advantages of
writing explanations is that you are forced to think accurately as
well as to express yourself clearly.

The next thing in explanation is a consideration of the people
for whom you are writing. In the diary you write to yourself; in
a letter you address one person, whom you usually know well; in
narration and description, you write for persons about whom you can
know very little. In exposition you come back again to a set of
readers about whom you have some definite information. They may be
different from each other in a great many ways, but in one respect
they are alike--they do not understand the thing you are explaining,
or at least they do not understand it as clearly as you do, for
if they did, they would not be reading your exposition. This may
appear self-evident, but it is a very important matter. You are apt
to forget what should be constantly in your mind, that the entire
value of your explanation lies in making something clear to a person
who has not before understood it. In literary description your aim
was to make your reader see the picture you saw. In exposition your
aim is always and forever to make him _understand_, and no matter
how well written, your explanation is a failure if he does not
understand. You will often find it difficult to realize that some
people know nothing whatever of some process or principle with which
you are very familiar, and a good device is to imagine that you are
addressing your explanation to a foreigner ignorant of our life, or
to some one younger than you. Put yourself in the place of such a
person, and see if your remarks are sufficiently clear and full to
be a complete explanation.

There are two great divisions of exposition--the explanation of a
material process or thing, and the explanation of an abstract idea.
The first is very much easier and will be taken up first.

=80. Explanation of a Material Process.=--There is a strange
resemblance between the explanation of a material process and
telling a story. This will be made more clear by an example. A
well-written cookbook, or manual of handwork, employs constantly
this simplest, plainest form of exposition.

     _To broil a steak._ Light the oven burners at least five minutes
     before the time for broiling. Allow twelve to fifteen minutes
     for a steak an inch and a half thick. When the rack and the pan
     are hot, place the steak on the rack and put it as near the
     flames as possible without having it touch. As soon as it is
     seared and brown on one side, turn, and sear and brown on the
     other. Now turn again. Remove the rack three or four slides
     down, but do not reduce the heat. Cook for five minutes. Turn
     the steak and broil for five minutes longer, and it is ready to
     season and serve.

You may not see any connection between these straightforward and
plain instructions for broiling a steak and a story; but if you
examine them, you will see that they are the story of the process,
and that the explanation relates from first to last all the things
that were done by some one who cooked a steak in exactly the right
way. This resemblance is mentioned because it shows you that clear
statement of events in their right order is as necessary in this
sort of exposition as in story telling. Every one who writes good
instructions for going through some process, either consciously or
unconsciously imagines himself doing what he explains. In the above
example, the writer has imagined herself broiling a steak, and has
set down, step by step, everything she does. This is a very good
plan to follow. You will find that it simplifies any difficulty in
your mind, when you are a little confused as to what comes next, if
you will ask yourself, "If I were actually doing this, what would be
the very next thing I should do?"

Remember that your reader is ignorant of the process, and do not
forget any details that must be cared for, or there will be a gap
in your directions over which he cannot cross. Use the simplest,
plainest terms possible, and do not fear to be too minute. You will
have a tendency to forget some necessary instruction rather than to
add one that is not needed.

It is often well to make a broad statement of general conditions
first, before going on to detailed instructions. For instance,
suppose you are writing to a boy who has always until now lived in
the South, in order to tell him how to make a snow man. Before you
begin to tell him about starting with a small ball and rolling it
about till it grows large, you should say that he should try to make
a snow man only when the snow is somewhat damp, for no matter how
clear your instructions are, he can accomplish nothing by following
them if the snow be dry and powdery.

     =Exercise 127.=--Write an explanation of the following
     processes, as if to a person wholly ignorant of them:--

     1. How to make a dam in a brook; to make a snow man; a snow fort
     (with blocks pressed into shape in boxes); to set up a tent; to
     irrigate a garden; to hang wall paper; to teach a pet animal
     tricks; to build a fire out of doors.

     2. How to make cocoa, soup, bread, butter, cheese, cake, custard.

     3. How to grow flowers indoors; in a hot bed. How to plant
     and grow lettuce, tomatoes, tobacco, corn, mushrooms, celery,
     nasturtiums, crocuses, potatoes.

     4. How to harness a horse. How to get a trunk from your house
     to your cousin's in another town. How to develop an exposed
     photographic plate.

Probably you have been able to treat the subjects above directly
from your own experience or observation. In the following subjects
you will probably need to consult some books, but be careful not
simply to repeat their language. Look up the subject, inform
yourself of all necessary details of manufacture or use, and then
write an exposition (as if to some one younger than yourself),
explaining any terms that would be new to him and stating the facts
in the simplest, plainest way.

     =Exercise 128.=--Write as if in answer to any one of the
     following questions from a child:--

     1. How are bricks made? paper? glass? ink? iron? steel? gold
     leaf? shingles? baseballs? hairbrushes? mirrors?

     2. Why are fishhooks made in the form they are? saws? wheels?

     3. Why does an ice house keep the ice from melting?

     4. How does a water wheel work? a windmill? a well sweep?
     scissors? Why does a chimney "draw"? What makes popcorn pop?

     =Exercise 129.=--I. Explain, with a diagram or drawing, the
     mechanism of the following objects. Letter or number the
     different parts of your diagram, and refer to them in that way.
     Plan your exposition as if trying to make the matter clear to a
     younger brother or sister.

     A pump, lamp, candle, stove, furnace, cistern, switches on
     a railroad track, city waterworks, refrigerator, ice-cream
     freezer, silo, limekiln.

     II. Explain how a book is bound; how a horse is harnessed; how
     windows are hung; what makes a window shade go up when you pull
     the string; how thread is spun and cloth woven; how grain is
     ground into flour; how salt is obtained.

     III. Give instructions (using, if necessary, a lettered
     diagram): for making a snare for rabbits; a mouse trap; a
     bear trap; a mole trap; a box; a basket; a bow and arrow; a
     needlebook; a cover for a book; a kite; a baseball diamond; a
     tennis court; a doll's hat; a springboard; a picture frame; a
     toboggan slide; a hasty shelter of boughs for camping; a doll's
     dress (with pattern).

=81. Explanation of Games=.--One form of exposition which you have
often used is the explanation of games and contests; and you have
probably suffered from having other people give you imperfect and
confused directions for playing a game unfamiliar to you, finding
at some critical time in the contest that a detail or rule has been

The following is an exposition of a game which will almost certainly
be unfamiliar to you, but which is a great favorite in Spain:--

     Pelota is an old Basque game, resembling hand ball, which of
     late years has come greatly into fashion in Spain. It is given
     over to professionals, and it is said that none can continue
     it more than three or four years, so severely does it tax the

     Pelota is played in large glass-roofed buildings, one side of
     which is devoted in all its breadth to the asphalt court. The
     side wall of the court at Madrid is 175 feet long and the end
     walls are 50 feet broad and 40 feet high.

     The wall fencing the players has a rib of metal along it, about
     a yard from the pavement, and another near the top, which limit
     of height is carried along the longitudinal wall opposite the

     A ball is only in play when it hits the first wall between these
     lines or the long wall below the prescribed limit. The court is
     marked off by lines at regular distances of about four yards.
     The spaces from four to seven are important, for the ball when
     first played must drop from the wall between these two spaces.

     The ball, which weighs about four ounces, is thrown from a
     basket-work gauntlet or cesta, with a leather glove attached
     for fastening to the hand, and during a game I have seen the
     ball sent with such terrific force that it has rebounded from
     the wall at one end of the court against that at the other.
     There are usually four players, two on each side, and the aim of
     the players is to cause the ball to rebound from the wall into
     so remote or unexpected a place in the court that it will be
     impossible for their opponents to reach it in time to return it
     again to the wall. The time that the ball is in play, that is,
     the time that both sides are successful in keeping the ball in
     motion, is called a "rally." There are frequently, between good
     players, rallies of sixteen strokes or more. During a match game
     of fifty up, the players will wear their shoes right through.

     Pelota is popular in most Spanish towns and villages, and one
     frequently sees notices on church walls to the effect that it
     is forbidden to play pelota against them.--E. MAIN: _Cities and
     Sights of Spain._

Are there any questions that you would like to ask about pelota
after reading this explanation? Do you feel that you would need to
know more about it before trying to play? If so, remember to make
your own treatment of the following subjects complete enough to
satisfy a child in the Philippines, who knows no more about marbles
than you do about pelota.

     =Exercise 130.=--Tell how to play baseball; football; checkers;
     dominoes; basket ball; marbles; tag; hide-and-seek; drop the
     handkerchief; any game peculiar to your neighborhood. Explain
     how a field-day is conducted. What is a handicap? How do little
     girls play keep house? What do you mean by "playing Indians"?

     =Exercise 131.=--I. Following the model below, give good
     instructions for learning how to swim, to sail a boat, to ride a
     bicycle, to drive, to shoot a rifle, a revolver, to fish, to run
     a sewing machine, to paddle a canoe, to ride horseback, to go on

     Use a diagram, if necessary, and give all the information
     you yourself would like to have in beginning a new process,
     mentioning mistakes usually made by beginners and telling how to
     avoid them.

     II. Tell as well as you can how to bandage a cut, how to treat a
     burn, how to make a road, how to lay asphalt, brick, or macadam
     pavements, how to shoe a horse.

The first thing in learning to skate is to be sure that your
skates are properly attached to your foot. If you fasten them on
with straps, do not pull the buckle too tight, as this stops the
circulation of the blood and may end in frozen toes; if by clamps,
see that they are very firmly fastened, or the skate may be wrenched
off in some sudden movement, giving you a fall. Also be sure that
the blades are sharp, as it is very hard to skate with dull blades.
After you have attended to these matters, one of the best ways to
begin is to skate with some one who is strong enough to hold you
up, or if you cannot arrange this, to push a chair in front of you,
until you have confidence enough to go alone.

The feet are placed at right angles to each other with the toes
turned out and the body bent slightly forward. Each foot is then
raised alternately and set down slightly on the inside edge. It
slides forward of its own accord and this motion is increased by
pushing on the other foot, which is at right angles to your forward
movement and so does not slide. You should keep your feet perfectly
level when raised and set down, turning the forward foot a little
on the outer edge as it slides, and keeping the other foot turned
to the inside edge. A great help in keeping your balance is to
swing your arms across your chest, with each forward slide, to the
opposite side from the foot which is advancing. Never look at your
feet, as it is almost impossible to keep your balance when doing so.
Look straight in front of you at a spot about level with your eyes.

There are various ways of stopping yourself. One is to dig the heel
of your skate in the ice and turn the other foot sidewise. Another
is to direct your course around a circle and to stop your forward
pushing; but perhaps the best way is to turn your toes in, thus
putting the line of your skate across the direction of your forward

Try to take as long strokes as possible and not to use the right leg
more than the left, keeping your stroke steady and even. Always lean
a little forward in ordinary skating and far forward if you wish to
go fast.

It is a good thing for beginners to force themselves to turn the
advancing foot on the outer edge of the skate. It is a little more
difficult to keep your balance in this way, but if once you become
fixed in the habit of using the inner edge only, you will never be
able to do any fancy or figure skating.

=82. Exposition of Abstract Ideas.=--All the exercises in
explanation you have had thus far have been with regard to simple,
material things, that is, things you can touch or see. There
are, however, very many subjects which need clear and accurate
explanation, but which deal with abstract ideas, with principles,
or with emotions. These are much harder to write of than material
things, largely because it is harder to think of them quite clearly
in your own mind. This is not because you do not have all the
information you need, but because you have never tried to think out
clearly and analyze the knowledge that you have. For instance, if
some one should ask you, What is cheerfulness? although you would
feel that you knew perfectly well what that quality is, you might
have some difficulty in expressing it.

=83. Exposition by Example.=--There are many ways to bring out the
meaning of an abstract term. One good device is the use of examples.
If it is someone in your family who asks you the question, you can
give at once a good idea of what cheerfulness is by saying, "Aunt
Kate is a cheerful person." But if you are speaking to some one who
does not know your Aunt Kate, you must then proceed to describe the
quality in her which you call cheerfulness. You will find this use
of example a very convenient method of exposition.

Another device is comparison with something that is similar but not
quite the same. In explaining the exact difference between the two
you define the subject of your exposition. For instance, suppose
you are asked by a child to explain the meaning of _parsimony_.
You can take a word which he knows, like _saving_ or _economy_,
and by showing the difference between the two, you can give him
a clear notion of the meaning, explaining that economy is wise
and reasonable saving of expense, and parsimony is foolish and
exaggerated saving. The following paragraph shows the use of this
method, the author comparing _cheerfulness_ to _mirth_.

     I have always preferred cheerfulness to mirth. The latter I
     consider as an act, the former as a habit of the mind. Mirth is
     short and transient, cheerfulness fixed and permanent. Those
     are often raised into the greatest transports of mirth who
     are subject to the greatest depressions of melancholy. On the
     contrary, cheerfulness, though it does not give the mind such an
     exquisite gladness, prevents us from falling into any depths of
     sorrow. Mirth is like a flash of lightning that breaks through
     a gloom of clouds and glitters for a moment. Cheerfulness keeps
     up a kind of daylight in the mind and fills it with a steady and
     perpetual serenity.--JOSEPH ADDISON: _The Spectator._

     =Exercise 132.=--Using this device of comparison, and adding to
     it examples, try to explain the following subjects:--

     1. Courage. Compare with rashness or foolhardiness, using as
     example the character of Hobson as compared with that of a man
     who goes over the Niagara Falls in a barrel.

     2. Joy. Compare with contentment, using as example a mother
     perfectly contented with her home and children, who is suddenly
     overjoyed by a heroic deed of a son.

     3. Perseverance. Compare with obstinacy, using as examples a hen
     sitting patiently till her chicks are hatched out; and another
     sitting week after week on china eggs.

     4. Extravagance. Compare with liberality, using as example a man
     who gives away so much to strangers that he has not enough left
     to care for his family.

     5. Industry. Compare with drudgery, using as examples a man who
     carries stone for road-mending, and the military punishment of
     making an offender carry stones from one side of the road to

=84. Exposition by Repetition.=--Another good method of explaining
an abstract idea is to repeat in several different ways your
first statement or definition. First, you define your subject as
accurately as possible, by telling to what kind or order of thing
it belongs, and then by pointing out differences between this
individual example and others of the same kind. For instance, you
are asked by a child to define a snob. First, you give some general
idea of the meaning of the term by saying, "A snob is a vulgar
person with bad manners." But there are vulgar persons with bad
manners who who are not in the least snobs, so that after stating
the general order of the persons to which a snob belongs, you must
separate him from all other varieties of that class. You go on,
therefore, "He pays a foolish and exaggerated respect to social
position and money, and cannot understand that a noble character has
any value in a poor or uncultivated person."

You have now given a general definition of your subject, and one
good way to proceed with your explanation is, as stated above, by
means of repetition in other words of your first statement, thus:--

     A real snob values the opinion of an ignorant rich person more
     than that of an intelligent poor one. He is fawning and meanly
     polite to influential men, and rude and overbearing to those who
     have no recognized position. A snob will run hat in hand to open
     a door for a wealthy woman of rank, and will not give a helping
     hand to a poor woman who has fallen down.

     This sort of repetition serves to make perfectly clear the idea
     involved in your first statement.

=85. Exposition by Contrast.=--A further device in explanation is
contrast, showing the ways in which the subject of your exposition
differs from its opposite. The explanation of the snob might be
continued by contrasting him with a perfect gentleman, thus bringing
out more clearly the offensive qualities. Or, you might go back to
the sort of comparison you used in explaining courage, perseverance,
etc., and compare the snob to a person thoroughly rude, a boor,
showing how he differs: the snob is rude only to people who, he
thinks, have no means of punishing him for it; whereas a boor is
rude to every one.

     =Exercise 133.=--1. Bearing in mind these two new methods for
     explanation (repetition and contrast), as well as the methods
     previously explained (comparison and examples), explain the
     use and value of the study of geography, arithmetic, history,
     manual training, music, drawing, gymnasium work, military drill,
     sewing, reading aloud, spelling, a foreign language.

     2. Explain (as if to a boy or girl younger than you, who asks,
     "What is it for?") the purpose and value of the following:--

     A debating society; a literary club; a nature study club; a
     "Do as you would be done by" association; amateur theatricals;
     athletic contests; an aquarium; zoological gardens; city parks;
     public libraries; foreign travel; picture galleries.

=86. Exposition by a Figure of Speech.=--One of the most forcible
and graceful means of exposition is by the development of a figure
of speech,--a simile or metaphor.

     I consider the human soul without education like marble in the
     quarry, which shows none of its inherent beauties until the
     skill of the polisher fetches out the colors, makes the surface
     shine, and discovers every ornamental cloud, spot, and vein that
     runs through the body of it. Education, after the same manner,
     when it works upon a noble mind, draws out to view every latent
     virtue and perfection, which without such helps are never able
     to make their appearance.... Aristotle tells us that a statue
     lies hid in a block of marble, and that the art of the statuary
     only clears away superfluous matter and removes the rubbish.
     The figure is in the stone; the sculptor only finds it. What
     sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.
     The philosopher, the saint, the hero, the wise, the good, or
     the great man, very often lie hid and concealed in a plebeian,
     which a proper education might have disinterred and brought to
     light.--JOSEPH ADDISON: _The Spectator._

     =Exercise 134.=--I. Proverbs are really only figures of speech,
     and explanation of these should be based to some degree on
     the model above. Try to explain fully, as if to your younger
     brother or sister, the true meaning of any of the following
     expressions, using all the devices for exposition which you
     have been studying. Think carefully before you begin to write
     and make sure that you fully grasp the real meaning. You will
     find examples and anecdotes illustrating your point particularly
     useful in this sort of explanation.

     1. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. 2. Don't count
     your chickens before they are hatched. 3. A rolling stone
     gathers no moss. 4. The more haste the less speed. 5. Birds of
     a feather flock together. 6. Better an empty house than a bad
     tenant. 7. Make hay while the sun shines. 8. Enough is as good
     as a feast. 9. A burned child dreads the fire. 10. Strike while
     the iron is hot. 11. He laughs best who laughs last. 12. He that
     lives in a glass house should not throw stones. 13. Necessity is
     the mother of invention.

     II. Expound in the same way the following quotations, as if you
     were trying to give a full realization of all that they mean to
     some one who sees them for the first time and does not quite
     understand them:--

  1. Sweet are the uses of adversity.--SHAKSPERE.
  2. He who loses wealth loses much; he who loses a friend loses
  more; but he who loses his courage loses all.--CERVANTES.
  3. He who knows most, grieves most for wasted time.--DANTE.
  4. The wicked flee when no man pursueth.
  5. A soft answer turneth away wrath.
  6. A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.
  7. Books are the best things well used; abused, among the
  8. Charity is a virtue of the heart, not of the hands.

     =Exercise 135.=--I. Try to explain what Washington's Birthday
     means to us; St. Valentine's Day; April Fool's Day; Commencement
     Day at a school; Arbor Day; Thanksgiving Day; Christmas; New
     Year's; Labor Day; Fourth of July; Decoration Day. An exposition
     of this sort may be very straightforward and simple, only a
     paragraph long, or it may be as elaborate a composition as
     you can make it; but in either case you should try to express
     sincerely the deep feeling which underlies most of these
     festivals. Choose some favorite of yours in the above list and
     try to express why you are fond of it and impressed by it.

     II. Following the same method, look up the facts in regard to
     some foreign customs, and write an explanation of what you
     imagine to be the feeling underlying All Souls' Day in Paris;
     the pilgrimage to Mecca of the Mohammedans; the pilgrimage in
     India to the Ganges; cherry-blossoming time in Japan; Primrose
     Day in England; the Fourteenth of July in France; and other
     festivals of which you can learn.



=87. General Principle.=--There is probably no form of expression
with which you are more practically acquainted than argumentation,
both from using it yourself and from having it employed on you. If
you go to college, you will study the theory of it in connection
with logic and you will have a great many hard names to learn and
a complicated system to understand; but, as a matter of fact, you
find now that if you greatly care to have something done or not
done, you will instinctively find reasons for supporting your
views. You did this even as a little child, when you wished to do
something your parents did not think advisable, or to be excused
from doing something they desired you to do. Although this may be
the first time you have consciously thought of argument as a form of
composition, you must have had a great deal of practical experience
in it.

It has been pointed out several times in this book that the very
first thing to consider in any form of expression is the reader to
whom you address yourself. Owing to the frequent practical use you
have made of argument in conversation, this will be easy for you to
remember when you now come to write it. That is, you are so used to
making your arguments suit the persons you are trying to persuade,
that you do it instinctively. Even a little child puts forth
different reasons for action when trying to persuade his mother from
those which he would put forth when trying to persuade a playfellow;
and you feel, without the necessity of stopping to think at all,
that you should use different arguments with your mother from those
which would be likely to convince your teacher.

But the next step in composing, which has been mentioned throughout
the book, is more necessary in argumentation than in any other form
of expression. You must not only have an outline in mind for what
you are about to say, but that outline should be written, and almost
as much time and thought should be given to it as to the composition
itself; for clear thought is the great essential in argumentation,
and a carefully prepared outline is the greatest help to clear

=88. The Introduction.=--There are three parts to every outline
for a discussion or argument. First comes _the introduction_,
or statement of the subject. To write this clearly, you need
to remember the principles of exposition, because often the
introduction to an argument is merely a clear exposition of the
subject. It is very necessary to be perfectly clear in this
introduction, so that your reader may have a definite idea of
what it is you are about to discuss. Sometimes people discuss at
great length, only to find that from neglect to state the subject
clearly they have been arguing about quite different questions.
For instance, suppose that the following subject is selected for
a discussion: _Pupils under fifteen years of age should not
be taken out of school to earn money for their families._ The
statement and full exposition of the subject in the introduction to
the argument should exclude cases where there is no other possible
source of income for the family; otherwise you and your opponent may
be discussing a question about which you really agree.

In your introduction, therefore, give first a perfectly plain
statement of your subject,--what are the generally admitted facts
about it (facts which even your opponent must admit), and what it is
you wish to prove.

     =Exercise 136.=--In the following subjects for discussion, see
     if you can pick out the place where the statement is indefinite
     and might lead to misunderstanding. Write one paragraph on each,
     defining, limiting, and making clear the subject as you see
     it, and another on the generally admitted facts in the case as
     distinct from the points which are debatable.

     1. _Animals in captivity are better off than in their natural

     What kind of captivity? What kind of animals? What do you mean
     by being "better off"--merely "healthier" or "happier" or "more

     2. _A boy's club should not study history._

     What kind of boys? What kind of history? Is history taught in
     the schools? Do these boys go to school?

     3. _All girls should learn to be housekeepers._

     What do you mean by "housekeeper"? Do you mean that they should
     learn nothing else?

     4. _It is not harmful for children to read fairy tales._

     How about nervous, excitable children who cannot sleep after a
     fairy story? How about dreadful tales of witches and hobgoblins
     that make the healthiest child afraid of the dark?

     5. _It is wrong to kill animals._

     Do you include noxious and dangerous ones? Or animals used for

=89. The Reasons.=--The second part of your argument consists of
the statement of the various proofs and reasons you advance to make
people think and feel as you do about your subject. It is well to
divide your subject into several main divisions or points, and
take these up one by one; also to set down separately your main
arguments. These should be arranged in what is called "climactic
order,"--that is, the more unimportant reasons first and the better
and stronger ones after, leading up to the argument which you think
is your strongest one. There are two main divisions of argument as
reasons in favor of something. First, there are the proofs directly
for your side of the question, and then there are the proofs against
your opponent's argument. The first is called direct proof; the
second is called refutation.

Suppose now that you wish to persuade the principal of your school
to grant a holiday on Washington's Birthday. Your introduction
states the subject very briefly, since in the nature of things there
can be almost no possibility of misunderstanding. It might be well
to mention here that nobody doubts the value of vacations in school
life if wisely selected, and that what you wish to prove is that
it would be a wise selection to give the school a holiday on the
twenty-second of February.

The body of your argument comes next, and you might begin by stating
that a holiday would be beneficial to school work. Support the
statement by pointing out, first, that the twenty-second of February
comes in the midst of a long stretch of uninterrupted school, just
at the time when both pupils and teachers are tired and would do
better work after a rest; second, that the weather is apt to be
brisk and bracing, and such as would tempt every one to be out of

Your next general argument might be a statement of the value of
honoring in every way possible the great men of the nation, and of
not allowing them to be forgotten. Three good reasons as proofs of
this statement are, first, that we owe them great gratitude for what
they have done for us; second, that they furnish the best examples
for our own action; third, that they make us patriotic by making us
proud of our country.

Having established the desirability of honoring our great men, your
next need is to show that granting a holiday to school children
does honor them. To prove this, you might make a word picture of
the great importance which a holiday has in a school; how every one
looks forward to it, plans for it, enjoys it, and remembers it,--so
that it is felt that the occasion of a holiday must be a very
notable man. Show how even the little children are impressed with
the greatness of Washington's name (because of the holiday) before
they know much about him, so that they are all prepared to realize
instinctively how prominent he was in our history when they come to
study about him. See if you cannot show how much more valuable is an
instinctive _feeling_ like this than any amount of mere _knowledge_
of what we owe to him, illustrating by the affection a child feels
for a relative--a cousin or an aunt--whom he has always known,
compared with his affection for a relative whom he learns to know
after he has grown up.

A second reason to prove the advisability of granting a holiday
to honor the memory of a great man is based on one of the most
universally acceptable of proofs. It is good to do a thing when
other people do it and always have done it. This is usually one
of the first proofs which come into your mind, as is shown by the
fact that the average child, on being refused something, says
immediately, "Why, all the other boys have it!" So your second
reason is that in our own country and abroad no better way has been
found to celebrate an anniversary than to grant a holiday on that
date. Cite Christmas, the Fourth of July, the Fourteenth of July
in France, etc., collecting as many instances as you can, from all
sources. This is a very important form of proof, although it should
rarely be placed first in your argument.

Now, having shown that great men should be honored, and that
holidays are a good form of honoring them, you need to prove that
Washington should be specially selected from among our great men for
such honors. There are various reasons you might cite here, a few of
which are that he was the greatest of the founders of our nation;
that his private character was noble and dignified; that he was the
first American to receive world-wide recognition; that we might not
be a nation without him; that, at the present day, we need more than
ever to look back to his integrity and devotion to the patriotic
cause, etc.

You have now given enough proofs to make up the main body of
your discussion. The end of an argument is called the conclusion,
and sums up in a brief way, but as forcibly as possible, the main
proofs, and the way in which they lead to the conclusion you desire.

=90. The Outline.=--The outline of the argument which has just been
sketched for you would be set down in a form something like this.

A holiday should be granted to this school on Washington's Birthday.

  A. Introduction.

      It is taken for granted that holidays are desirable at times;
      we are to prove in this case that the twenty-second of February
      is a good time for a holiday.

  B. Proof.

      I. It would be beneficial to school work,

        1. because the day comes at a time when a break in the
          routine is needed;

        2. because it comes usually in good winter weather, when
          outdoor life is possible.

      II. It is desirable to honor the great men of a nation,

        1. because of our gratitude to them;

        2. because they set a good example to us;

        3. because they help us to be patriotic.

      III. A holiday is a suitable means for honoring the memory
        of a great man,

        1. because it is an important occasion for all pupils,
          and fixes their attention on the reason for granting it;

        2. because all over the world holidays are given and
          always have been given as the best way of making a
          day memorable.

      IV. Washington should be selected for this honor,

          1. because he was the founder of the nation;
          2. because he was the first well-known American;
          3. because he was the first president, etc.

  C. Conclusion.

      I. Summing up of the arguments.

      II. Statement of the conclusion.

=91. The Plea.=--This is an outline of that form of argument which
is sometimes called a _plea_; an argument, that is, which aims to
induce somebody to take action.

     =Exercise 137.=--Make out similar outlines, and write pleas,
     addressed to the school authorities, on the following subjects.
     Take the side that appeals to you.

     1. The weekly holiday should be on Monday instead of Saturday.
     (Or "should _not_ be," according to your convictions.)

     2. The summer vacation should be shorter, in order that the
     winter vacation might be longer.

     3. Gymnasium work, or participation in outdoor sports, should be
     compulsory for boys and girls alike.

     4. Music should not be taught in the schools.

     5. One foreign language should be compulsory in American public

     6. All pupils, even those who have no natural taste for it,
     should be made to study good literature.

     7. Every one in the class should be forced to join a debating

     8. There should be a common school library, rather than a
     collection of books in each class room.

     9. It is better to have one long school session with a short
     recess than two shorter sessions with an hour or more for lunch.

=92. Other Forms.=--There are a number of arguments which can
scarcely be treated like _pleas_, since their object is not to
induce somebody else to take some action, but to support the truth
or justice of some statement.

     =Exercise 138.=--In treating the subjects given below, write as
     though you were defending the statement against an opponent. Or
     the subjects may be taken as topics for debate by the class,
     one half taking one side, and the other half attacking their

     1. Tennis is a better game than golf. (Define what you mean by
     "better." Better for whom; or for what results?) 2. City life
     is better than country life. 3. Summer (autumn, winter, spring)
     is the best time of the year. 4. The best method to prepare
     for a hard examination is to study hard up to the last minute
     before you take it. 5. Children of foreigners in this country
     should learn only English and _not_ their parent language. 6.
     It is better to live near the sea than in the mountains. 7. It
     is easier to do school work at home than in the class room.
     8. Swimming is the best form of exercise. 9. Little children
     should not be taught to believe in Santa Claus, in fairies, or
     in giants. 10. Novel reading has a bad influence. 11. Every one
     should be forced to learn to dance, to swim, to sail a boat,
     to skate, to ride, to learn a trade, etc. 12. Bonfires should
     be allowed in the street on the evenings of festival days of
     various kinds. 13. Pupils should report the wrong-doings of
     others to the teacher. 14. Books should be furnished free by
     public schools. 15. Composition is a more important study than
     arithmetic. 16. Alms should never be given to beggars. 17. No
     examination should be over an hour in length. 18. A city library
     is as important as city schools. 19. The climate of our part of
     the country is more conducive to good health than the climate of
     the tropics.

Another form of argument or persuasion consists in finding reasons
and stating them eloquently, in support of a personal taste or
opinion. The same general outline is used as in the plea, but the
argument is apt to be less impersonal.

     =Exercise 139.=--Arrange your reasons in their logical order
     and write most at length upon those which are most important.
     Construct your argument as though in answer to the remark, "Why
     do you feel that way? I don't agree with you at all."

     1. I had rather be a doctor (lawyer, merchant, cook, teacher,
     musician, farmer, etc.) than anything else. 2. I had rather be
     a sailor than a soldier. 3. If I were not an American, I had
     rather be English (French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Cuban,
     etc.) than anything else. 4. If I did not live here, I had
     rather live in ---- than in any other state; in ---- than in any
     other city. 5. If I could always remain a certain age, I should
     prefer to be ---- years old. 6. Of all my studies I think ----
     is the most valuable. 7. If I were not myself, I should prefer
     to be ----. 8. Of all the historical characters I have studied I
     should prefer to be ----. 9. The best book I ever read is ----.
     10. I like poetry better than prose. 11. Unlike most people,
     I like a rainy day (a windy day, foggy weather) better than a
     fair day. 12. I had rather have a cat (a dog, a horse, a rabbit,
     etc.) than any other pet.

Many of the above subjects can be treated in letter forms as pleas.
This is a very good exercise in writing easily and familiarly upon a
careful and well-constructed outline. For instance, you might take
the abstract subject that every one should learn to swim. Make it
personal and write a letter to your parents, asking to be allowed to
learn to swim. Draw up your outline with no less care for a familiar
letter than for a formal argument. Take pains to try to imagine the
arguments which would be used on the other side and bring to bear
all the counterproof you can think of. Your parents would naturally
be anxious about the danger involved in your learning to swim.
Oppose to this the ability to save yourself in the water all the
rest of your life after you have learned. They may maintain that you
will never have any occasion to swim, since you do not live near
the water. You can oppose to this the great frequency of journeys
taken on or partly on water. They might think it would take too much
time and strength from your studies. Oppose to this the fact that
you must have exercise of some sort, that you work better after you
have been in the water, and that your general health will be better,



=93.= In nearly all schools there are several organizations--a
debating club, a current events club, an athletic association, a
branch society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, etc.,--and
in all these organizations there is need of a special form of
composition, called secretarial writing, because the secretary
does most (although not all) of it. While it may seem complicated
and unnatural at first sight because of the number of forms fixed
by tradition for every occasion, it is really easier than any
other writing you have been studying, since the very fact that the
forms are fixed makes invention, charm, or force of style on your
part unnecessary. Perfect and unmistakable clearness, accuracy,
completeness, and an observance of certain quite rigidly fixed
formulæ are the essentials of good secretarial work.

In the formation of an organization, the first writing to be done
is the composition of notices (see page 130), sent or posted,
announcing a meeting to be held for the purpose of forming a club.
This first notice and all others announcing later meetings are to be
written according to the general plan described on pages 130-132.

At the first meeting, a chairman or president and a secretary are
usually elected, and a committee chosen to draw up a constitution
which shall be presented to the club at the next meeting. All
constitutions are written along the same general lines. A good
general model for a simple constitution will be found in the
Appendix. The committee precedes the proposed constitution with a
paragraph something like the following:--

     To the Members of the ---- Club:

     Your committee, appointed at a meeting for the organization of
     the ---- Club, respectfully submit the following articles and
     by-laws, with the recommendation that they be adopted by this

During a meeting the secretary should take accurate and careful
notes on what occurs, and as soon as possible afterward should write
his report of the proceedings of the meeting. This report or record
is called the "minutes of the meeting," and the reading aloud of the
minutes is always the first business of each meeting.

There should be no attempt made in writing the minutes to make them
original or interesting. They should be perfectly accurate and
complete. The content of speeches made is not reported (in ordinary
minutes), nor are any comments made on the spirit or events of the
meeting. A plain statement of what took place officially is all that
is desirable.

The place, date, and time of the meeting are set down first, and the
name of the presiding officer. Then it is stated that the minutes
were read and approved. After this the official events of the
meeting are set down in the order of their occurrence. At the end
the hour of adjournment is noted and the date fixed for the next


The Literary Society of this school held its regular monthly meeting
in the general assembly hall, on February 3, 1906, at 2 P.M., the
president, Robert Wheeler, in the chair (_or_ presiding).

After the meeting was called to order the minutes of the last
meeting were read by the secretary and were approved.

The president then addressed the Society briefly upon the need of
new books for the school library, representing to the members the
suitability of the Literary Society's taking some action in the

It was moved by Miss Mary Smith that the Literary Society give an
entertainment in order to raise money for this purpose. The motion
was carried by unanimous vote of the Society.

The president appointed a committee, consisting of Miss Mary Smith,
Chairman, Mr. Clark Sturgis, and Miss Helen Brown, to decide on the
nature of the entertainment, and to report to the Society at its
next regular meeting.

On the motion of Mr. John Peters, it was voted that the Principal of
the school, Miss Wheeler, should be made an honorary member of the

The literary programme was then carried out. Mr. Robert Peters and
Miss Ellen Camp recited a dialogue, entitled "After the Runaway."

Miss Edith Randing read an original short story called "The White

Mr. Elbert Huntington delivered an argument in favor of shorter
school hours and more home study.

At 4 P.M. the meeting adjourned to meet at 2 P.M. on March 4, 1906.

PETER HACKETT, _Secretary_.

After the writing of the minutes, the next duty of the secretary
is to see that the members of committees appointed are notified of
that fact and are told who is their chairman. Some such form as the
following is generally used:--

  February 4, 1906.


     DEAR SIR,--

     At the last regular meeting of the Literary Society of this
     school, held February 3, 1906, you were appointed a member
     of the Entertainment Committee, of which Miss Mary Smith is

     Yours respectfully,

     PETER HACKETT, _Secretary_.

     =Exercise 140.=--1. Make out a constitution and by-laws for a
     debating society, an athletic association, a nature study club,
     a reading club, a literary society, a walking club, a sewing
     society, a chess club.

     2. Write minutes for the regular meeting of any one of these

     3. Write letters of notifications to committees appointed at
     these meetings.

There are usually several permanent committees to whom are
regularly referred matters falling in their provinces. Some of
these committees are the financial committee, the entertainment
committee, the membership committee, the programme committee, etc.
When the club votes that some question be referred to one of these
committees, it is the duty of the secretary to write a _notice of
reference_ in some such form as this:--

  May 23, 1906.

  Chairman of Membership Committee,
  Musical Club of the Caxton School.


     At the last meeting of the Musical Club, the question of the
     admission to the Club of three pupils from the lower grades was
     referred to your committee. They are Henry Appleton, in the
     Fifth Grade, Mary Monkhouse, in the Sixth Grade, and Parsons
     Latham, in the Fourth Grade. The respective teachers of the
     above-mentioned pupils represent them as being sufficiently
     advanced in the study of music to become useful members of our

     Your committee is requested to look into the matter and report
     at the next regular meeting.

  Yours very truly,

The answer of the committee would be as follows:--

  CHICAGO, ILL., May 28, 1906.
  To the Musical Club
  of the Caxton School:

     The Membership Committee, to whom on the 23d day of the present
     month was referred the question of the admission to the Musical
     Club of three pupils from the lower grades, with instructions
     to ascertain their proficiency in music, respectfully report
     that they have given due attention to the matter referred to
     them and find:--

     That Henry Appleton plays the violin well enough to play a
     second part in the quartet.

     That Mary Monkhouse has a good voice and reads music at sight

     That Parsons Latham is as yet too uncertain in his mastery of
     the flute to take a part in our orchestra.

     Your committee therefore recommends that the first two be
     admitted to membership, but not the last.

  Respectfully submitted,
  For the Committee,

     =Exercise 141.=--1. Write a notice of reference to a committee
     on entertainment, asking them to decide on a programme for the
     annual meeting. Answer as from the committee.

     2. Write a notice of reference to a committee on finance, asking
     them to look into the cost of renting a hall for the meeting of
     a dramatic society. Answer.

     3. Write a notice of reference to a committee on finance, asking
     them to report upon the probable cost of a set of Dickens for
     the school library. Answer.

A club sometimes wishes to send a member as delegate to an assembly
or convention of similar clubs. When he arrives at the convention,
he needs something to show that he has been regularly elected
a delegate, and this is furnished him by the secretary in the
following form:--

  March 30, 1906.
  To the Thirteenth Annual Convention of
  the School Branches of the S. P. C. A.:

     This certifies that James Harrow has been duly elected a
     delegate from the Columbus S. P. C. A. to the Thirteenth Annual
     Convention of the School Branches of the Society for the
     Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


Such a letter is called "the delegate's credentials."

All the usual duties of a secretary, so far as his writing goes,
have now been stated, but there are other occasions for secretarial
writing and for the use of set and customary forms, which arise in
connection with the duties of other officers.

The president's report is usually annual, and is presented to the
club when he retires to make way for the new president. This report
is less formal than other secretarial writing. It is supposed to
present in a clear and condensed form a picture of the activities of
the Club during the year.

The treasurer should keep the club informed frequently and in detail
of the state of its finances. A customary form for the beginning of
his report is:--

     The undersigned, Treasurer of the Musical Club, respectfully
     submits the following report for the month ending May 15, 1906:--

     The balance on hand at the beginning of the month was three
     dollars and forty cents. There has been received from all
     sources during the month two dollars and sixty cents. During the
     month the expenses amounted to four dollars, leaving a balance
     in the treasury of two dollars.

     The annexed statement will show in detail the receipts and


The most difficult form of secretarial writing is the drafting of
preambles and resolutions. These are used for many purposes: to
convey the thanks of the club to a person who has done something
for it, to express condolence with the family of a member who has
died, to send good wishes to a member leaving the club on account
of change of residence, to voice the sentiments of the club on some
matter of public interest.

The preamble or first part (which is not always used) follows in
general a fixed form, but to the composing of resolutions applies
all that was said of the writing of petitions. They call for a
graceful style, a good and melodious choice of words, and they aim
to produce a favorable effect on the reader.

Following is an example of a preamble and resolutions:--

     WHEREAS the Reverend George S. Stirling has honored this Club by
     appearing before us and delivering an address, and whereas this
     club feels deeply the profit and pleasure it gained from his
     speech, therefore, be it

     RESOLVED, That we place on record our deep appreciation of the
     honor which Mr. Stirling did us, and our conviction that he has
     profoundly influenced for the better all who heard him.

     RESOLVED, That we tender to him our warmest thanks for
     consenting to address us.

     RESOLVED, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to Mr.

The resolutions would be sent to Mr. Stirling in a letter like the


     At a meeting of the ______ Club, held ______, the following
     resolutions were unanimously adopted:--

     Whereas, the Reverend George S. Stirling, etc. ______

  _Secretary_.       _President_.



=94.= Poetry is the most beautiful and attractive form of writing,
and in the highest sense is by far the most difficult, since it
is not only complicated in form, but is highly emotional and
stirs deeply the feelings of the reader. To write real poetry is,
therefore, out of the reach of most of us, but to write verse is
not so difficult as it is usually thought, and it is an excellent
exercise in learning control of words. Verse making gives skill in
manipulating language and, because of the need for ingenuity and
flexibility in sentence construction and for variety in the choice
of words, it helps in writing prose. More than this, you will find
that some practice in managing verse-forms yourself will enable you
to understand and admire more intelligently the poetry you read.

    I wander'd lonely as a cloud
    That floats on high o'er vales and hills;
    When all at once I saw a crowd,
    A host of golden daffodils,
    Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

What is the difference between the sentences in this extract and
ordinary prose sentences? If you read them over aloud, you will see
that they are constructed on a definite plan. You notice that,
as in pronouncing aloud every word of more than one syllable, you
accent one of them more than the others (_páragraph, assúming_),
just so you accent some syllables in each line of the verse. Your
voice naturally falls four times, thus, "I _wán_der'd _lóne_ly _ás_
a _cloúd_" and in every line it falls the same number of times.
The fact that there is a fixed and regular number of accents in
each line makes it verse and not prose, and to write correct verse
you must keep to a regular recurrence of accents in your lines.
A line to which you naturally give three accents is said to have
three _feet_; four accents, four _feet_, etc. A foot or pattern
of syllables which is repeated to make up the line consists of an
accented syllable and one or more unaccented ones. The foot is named
according to the arrangement of syllables in it, but it is not
necessary for you now to know the names, which come from the Greek
and are hard to remember. Four of the best-known feet are mentioned
here, with examples. The accented syllable is marked ´ and the
unaccented [)].

     [)I] wánde[)r']d lónel[)y] ás [)a] cloúd. _Iambic_ [)´].

     Téll m[)e] nót [)in] moúrnf[)u]l númb[)e]rs. _Trochaic_ [´)].

     B[)u]t [)we] steádf[)as]tl[)y] gázed [)o]n t[)h]e fáce th[)a]t
     w[)a]s déad. _Anapestic_ [) ) ´].

     Bírd [)o]f t[)h]e wíld[)er]n[)e]ss, blíthes[)o]me a[)n]d
     cúmb[)e]rl[)e]ss. _Dactylic_ [´ ) )].

These names refer to the arrangement of syllables in the foot.
There are other names that refer to the number of times the foot is
repeated in the line. These also come from the Greek and are long
and difficult, but are no more necessary for you to learn now than
the names of feet. If you can pick out the arrangement of syllables
which make up a foot, and the number of feet in a line, you can make
a pattern for yourself out of any piece of poetry. The names and
examples of the most common meters are here given for reference,

     1. Three feet to the line, three-accent line or trimeter.

     H[)i]s voíce [)no] móre [)is] heárd.

     2. Four feet to the line, four-accent line or tetrameter.

     Buíld [)me] straíght, [)O] wórth[)y] Mást[)er].

     3. Five feet to the line, five-accent line or pentameter.

     [)At] lást, w[)i]th héad [)e]rect, th[)u]s críed [)a]loúd.

     4. Six feet to the line, six-accent line or hexameter.

     T[)h]e Ny['m]phs [)in] tángl[)e]d shádes of t['w]ilig[)ht]
     thíck[)et]s mou['r]n.

Turn to any collection of poetry, and see how many of the feet
and meters you can recognize. You will find, although the accent
gradually recurs after a regular number of syllables, that it does
not invariably do so; but you will also notice that this does not
affect the accenting of the line. For instance, you give three
accents to the line, "And I would that my tongue could utter,"
where there are ten syllables, but you also give three to the line,
"Break, break, break." You must learn, therefore, to distinguish
one variety of meter from another by the number of times your voice
naturally makes an accent in reading it aloud; but for your own
verse making it is a simpler and better rule to arrange your line so
that there is the same number of syllables between each accent. You
will find this a very general rule in all poetry, and it is a good
guide for beginners.

You can take, then, any piece of poetry which you admire and make
from it a pattern for yourself. Suppose you wish to write a verse
describing a rainy day. You turn to Whittier's _Snow-Bound_ as a
suitable model:--

    The sun that brief December day
    Rose cheerless over hills of gray,
    And, darkly circled, gave at noon
    A sadder light than waning moon.

Reading the lines aloud, you see that they have four accents or
feet, and each foot has two syllables, the second of which is
regularly accented. Marking the accented and unaccented syllables
as shown above, and then taking away the words, you have left a
pattern by which you can test your own lines, namely u -- u -- u --
u --. Now, if you wish to write in metrical or verse form the
statement that the rain resounding on the roof sounded as though a
great many little drums were being beaten, you might write,--

    The rain drummed loud as though the elves
    Were playing soldier.

Your idea is now completely stated, and if you were writing prose
you could stop there; but on consulting your pattern you see that
you need one accented syllable to finish the last foot you have
written, and one more foot to finish your last line. In your effort
to add these three syllables, arranged in words which will complete
the picture your lines suggest, you will readily hit upon some such
phrase as _overhead_, _on the roof_, _in a crowd_, or _noisily_.

You will then have written two lines of correct verse; but in
comparing them with the first two lines of _Snow-Bound_, your model,
you will notice one difference. Of the last words in each pair of
lines from _Snow-Bound_ all but the first consonants are the same
and have the same sound. These are called rhyming words. Nearly all
verse rhymes. Words are considered to rhyme when they have the same
accented vowel sound, different consonants preceding the accented
vowel sound, and the same sounds following the accented vowel sound.
One stumbling-block in the way of beginners in verse making is the
fact that English words are spelled so differently from the way
they are pronounced. Do not be misled by this. Remember that it is
the accented vowel sound that must be the same in both words, and
test your rhymes by saying them aloud. Thus _vessel_ and _wrestle_,
_despair_ and _bare_, _gaze_ and _bays_, _bird_ and _heard_, rhyme
perfectly, although they look so very different, but _door_ and
_boor_ are not good rhymes, although they look just alike, nor are
_trough_ and _bough___, and _through_ and _plough_. Rhymes usually
occur at the end of lines, but not always, as in _Snow-Bound_, at
the end of each pair of lines.

Just as syllables are arranged in feet and feet are arranged in
lines, so lines are arranged in stanzas. The shortest stanza is two
lines rhymed. This is called a couplet.

    Poets themselves must fall, like those they sung,
    Deaf the praised ear, and mute the tuneful tongue.

Somewhat more rarely, there are stanzas of three lines, called
triplets, with all the lines rhyming.

    Dark, deep, and cold the current flows
    Unto the sea where no wind blows,
    Seeking the land which no one knows.

The most common form of English verse is written in stanzas of four
lines each. The rhymes may be arranged in all the combinations
possible. The first and third and the second and fourth may rhyme,
as in ballads:--

    O Brignal banks are wild and fair,
    And Greta woods are green;
    And you may gather garlands there
    Would grace a summer queen.

Or the first and fourth lines and the second and third may rhyme:--

    Now rings the woodland loud and long,
    The distance takes a lovelier hue;
    And drowned in yonder living blue
    The lark becomes a sightless sound.

Or the second and fourth lines may be the only ones to rhyme:--

    He prayeth best who loveth best
    All things both great and small,
    For the dear God who loveth us
    He made and loveth all.

In longer stanzas the rhymes may be arranged in almost any way,
provided that they follow some regular plan. Notice, for instance,
the arrangement of rhymes in Browning's well-known song:--

    The year's at the spring
    And day's at the morn;
    Morning's at seven;
    The hillside's dew-pearled;
    The lark's on the wing;
    The snail's on the thorn:
    God's in his heaven--
    All's right with the world.

A convenient way of indicating briefly how the rhymes in a stanza
are arranged is by the use of the letters of the alphabet: thus, a
couplet would be said to have its rhymes arranged _a a_; a quatrain
like the _Brignal banks_, _a b a b_; the stanza _Now rings_, _a b b

There are, of course, many other combinations of syllables in feet,
of feet in lines, and of lines in stanzas than have been given here,
but these are the most common forms and those that you will be most
likely to see in your reading and to use in your verse making.

     =Exercise 142.=--I. Arrange the following in stanza form,
     letting yourself be guided by the recurrence of a regular number
     of feet in each line and by the rhyme.

     1. Tiger, tiger, burning bright in the forests of the night,
     what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?

     2. The ship was cheer'd, the harbor clear'd, merrily did we drop
     below the kirk, below the hill, below the light-house top. The
     sun came up upon the left, out of the sea came he, and he shone
     bright and on the right went down into the sea.

     3. We watched her breathing through the night, her breathing
     soft and low, as in her breast the wave of life kept heaving to
     and fro. Our very hopes belied our fears, our fears our hopes
     belied--we thought her dying when she slept and sleeping when
     she died.

     4. Where the bee sucks, there suck I; in a cowslip's bell I lie;
     there I crouch when owls do cry. On the bat's wing I do fly
     after summer merrily. Merrily, merrily, shall I live now under
     the blossom that hangs on the bough.

     5. I loved the brimming wave that swam through quiet meadows
     round the mill, the sleeping pool above the dam, the pools
     beneath it never still, the meal sacks on the whiten'd floor,
     the dark round of the dripping wheel, the very air around the
     door made misty with the floating meal.

     II. Complete the rhymes in the following:--

    When I was sick and lay a-bed
    I had two pillows at my ----
    And all my toys beside me lay
    To keep me happy all the ----

    How do you like to go up in a swing
      Up in the air so blue!
    Oh, I do think it's the pleasantest ----
      Ever a child can ----

    Through all the pleasant meadow-side
      The grass grew shoulder high
    Till the shining scythes went far and ----
      And cut it down to ----.

    The fight did last from break of day
      Till setting of the ----
    For when they rang the evening bell
      The battle was scarce ----

    In summer time in Breton
      The bells they sound so clear.
    Round both the shires they ring them
      In steeples far and ----
      A happy noise to ----

An excellent exercise for training your ear is to have some one read
verse aloud to you, leaving you to complete the rhymed lines.

You have now learned a few simple rules about the construction of
two or three of the most common forms of verse, and you may ask
yourself what use you can make of them.

One way in which you can employ verse is in writing a short story or
incident. The simplest anecdote is often so set off by telling it in
verse that its interest is doubled; and you will find this sort of
familiar, conversational verse unexpectedly easy to write. One very
good variety of story to tell in verse is the fable:--

    Miss Grasshopper having sung
    All through summer,
    Found herself in sorry plight
    When the wind began to bite;
    Not a bit of grub or fly
    Met the little wanton's eye;
    So she wept for hunger sore
    At the Ant, her neighbor's door,
    Begging her just once to bend,
    And a little grain to lend
    Till warm weather came again.
    "I will pay you," cried she, then,
    "Ere next harvest, on my soul,
    Interest and principal."
    Now the Ant is not a lender.
    From that charge who needs defend her?
    "Tell me what you did last summer?"
    Said she to the beggar maid.

    "Day and night to every comer
    I was singing, I'm afraid."
    "Sing! Do tell! How entrancing!
    Well then, vagrant, off! be dancing!"

     =Exercise 143.=--See if you can complete _The Hare and the
     Tortoise_ from the beginning and the skeleton given below.

    How everybody laughed to hear
      The hare had planned a race
    Against the tortoise, patient, dull,
      And very slow of ----.

    The hare assured them one and all,
      "It's but that I may show
    That I can sleep till near the dusk
      And beat the -- u --

    -- u -- ran like the wind
      And almost reached the goal,
    u -- u -- amid the hay
      And slept, the lazy ----!

    u -- u -- the hare still slept
      u -- u passed him by,
    u -- u -- u -- again
      It was too late to try

    To reach the goal, or win u --
      The tortoise by my troth
    u -- u -- u steadiness
      u -- u -- u sloth.

     =Exercise 144.=--Try to put into verse, on this model, The Fox
     and the Grapes, The City Mouse and the Country Mouse, The Wolf
     and the Lamb, The Frog and the Stork, The Woodchopper and Death,
     The Goose that laid the Golden Eggs,--or any other fable you
     have known in prose.

Sometimes it may be interesting to you to try to write a letter or
to send an invitation in verse. Some of the greatest writers have
amused themselves by making such playful use of verse in letters.
Here is part of a letter written from India by Bishop Phillips
Brooks to his little niece.

    Little Mistress Josephine,
    Tell me, have you ever seen
    Children half as queer as these
    Babies from across the seas?
    See their funny little fists,
    See the rings upon their wrists.
    One has very little clothes,
    One has jewels in her nose;
    And they all have silver bangles
    On their little heathen ankles.
    In their ears are curious things,
    Round their necks are beads and strings,
    And they jingle as they walk,
    And they talk outlandish talk:
    Do you want to know their names?
    One is called Jee Fingee Hames;
    One Buddhanda Arrich Bas,
    One Teehundee Hanki Sas.
    Aren't you glad then, little Queen,
    That your name is Josephine?
    That you live in Springfield, or
    Not at least in old Jeypore?
    That your Christian parents are
    John and Hattie, Pa and Ma?
    That you've an entire nose
    And no rings upon your toes?
    In a word, that Hat and you
    Do not have to be Hindu?

     =Exercise 145.=--1. Try writing a rhymed letter, describing an
     expedition in which you have taken part,--a railway journey,
     a picnic, a ride. Or write an invitation, from your class to
     the class below, to a spelling match, or entertainment you are

     2. Read _The One-Hoss Shay_, _John Gilpin's Ride_, _Lochinvar_,
     _The Legend of Bishop Hatto_, _The Falcon_--or any poem you know
     which tells a story, and try your own hand at turning into verse
     one of the stories you wrote in your study of narration.

The uses of verse which have been pointed out as possible to you
are not out of the question for any one who can write at all. This
is verse making and not poetry. But there may be times when you
find that you can say what you mean better in a few words of verse
than in many of ordinary prose, that you can express some aspect of
out of doors, or some sensation, more vividly in verse than in any
other way. You will notice that words seem often to have a greater
force and life in poetry than in prose, and if you make use of this
quality, you will be writing real poetry.

For instance, one day a third-grade class was asked to write a
description of the conditions that morning in the woods near the
school. It had rained and snowed the night before and everything
was coated in ice. The wind was high and, shaking the branches
violently, sent down a continuous shower of tiny pieces of ice,
glistening in the sun and tinkling on the ice-covered snow. Many
long compositions were written in the attempt to describe the effect
such a day made on the observer; every one agreed that a little boy,
eight years old, who wrote the following lines, had best expressed
the singular spirit of the morning:--

    The trees are all so silvery
    And the fairies dance around;
    They make a pretty tinkle
    As they step upon the ground.
    They dance upon the tree tops
    And dance upon the ground.

Of course, that is not perfect verse, but it has a quality of real
poetry in it.

You cannot expect great results from your verse making, but you will
certainly profit by some practice in managing meters. You will have
a greater interest in the construction of the poetry you read, you
will have greater ease in writing prose, and you may perhaps succeed
in expressing some feeling of your own in a simple stanza which will
be worth writing for its own sake.



=95. General Theory of Punctuation.=--Punctuation is a way of
showing by various signs (or points) which words in a written
composition bear a close relation to one another. Read, for example,
the following passage:--

     As Pandora raised the lid, the cottage grew very dark and
     dismal; a black cloud had swept over the sun, and seemed to
     have buried it alive. But Pandora, heeding nothing of all this,
     lifted the lid nearly upright, and looked inside. It seemed as
     if suddenly a swarm of winged insects brushed past her, taking
     flight out of the box, while at the same instant she heard a
     voice. It was that of Epimetheus, as if he were in pain.

     "Oh, I am stung!" cried he. "I am stung! Naughty Pandora! Why
     have you opened this wicked box?"

The period at the end of the first sentence shows that all the words
preceding it are to be taken together. Notice the similar use of the
other periods.

Notice the semicolon which is used to separate the two clauses of
the first sentence. Each clause is complete in itself and might be
taken separately; yet they are sufficiently related to be included
in one sentence. The semicolon is therefore used to show a slighter
separation between the thoughts than would be indicated by the use
of the period.

The commas show a still slighter separation, being used to divide
the lesser groups of words. Notice this use of the two commas in the
first sentence. In the second sentence the commas before and after
"heeding nothing of all this" show that these words belong together,
and that "But Pandora" belongs to "lifted the lid," etc.

Notice the use of the interrogation point and the exclamation point
in the last paragraph.

These various marks, then, are used to help the reader. They show
the grammatical structure or grouping. Let us now study these marks
in detail, beginning with those that indicate the close of the
larger groups,--the period, the exclamation point, the interrogation

=96. The Period.=--The period marks the end of a declarative or
imperative sentence.

The period is also used after an abbreviation. (For a list of common
abbreviations, see p. 267.)

=97. The Question Mark.=--The question mark is placed at the end of
every direct question. It is not used with an indirect question.

Shall I go?

I ask you, "Shall I go?"

I asked whether I should go.

=98. The Exclamation Point.=--The exclamation point is used after
exclamatory words, phrases, and sentences. When an exclamatory
sentence begins with an interjection, it is usually sufficient
to place a comma after the interjection and to reserve the
exclamation point until the end of the sentence. When an unemphatic
interjection begins a declarative sentence, it is frequently
possible to omit the exclamation point entirely. As a rule _O_ is
used only in direct address.

    Help! You rascal! Be off with you!
    Ah, you are back again!
    Oh, what a mess I have made of it!
    Oh, I didn't see you.
    Hear me, O King! Oh! I am wounded!

=99. The Semicolon.=--Semicolons have two uses:--

1. To separate the principal clauses in a compound sentence.

To our left we beheld the towers of the Alhambra beetling above us;
to our right we were dominated by equal towers on a rocky eminence.

Some suppose them to have been built by the Romans; others, by the

He received only ten guineas for this stately, vigorous poem; but
the sale was rapid and the success complete.

There was now a sound behind me like a rushing blast; I heard the
clatter of a thousand hoofs; and countless throngs overtook me.

When his men had thus indemnified themselves, in some degree, for
their late reverses, Cortes called them again under their banners;
and, after offering up a grateful acknowledgment to the Lord of
Hosts for their miraculous preservation, they renewed their march
across the now deserted valley.

The principal clauses in a compound sentence may also be separated
by a _comma_, provided that a coördinate conjunction is present.

It was a moonlight night, _and_ the fresh north wind rustled
solemnly in the palm trees.

We examined their sculptures by the aid of torches, _and_ our Arab
attendants kindled large fires of dry corn-stalks, which cast a
strong red light on the walls.

The forehead and nose approach the Greek standard, _but_ the mouth
is more roundly and delicately carved, _and_ the chin and cheeks are

When a coördinate conjunction is _not_ present, it is incorrect to
separate such clauses by a comma. See § 6.

When a coördinate conjunction _is_ present, and the choice lies
between a comma and a semicolon, the semicolon is to be used:--

(_a_) When the writer wishes the break or separation between the
principal clauses to be emphatic.

(_b_) When the principal clauses are long and already divided into
their parts by commas.

2. To separate clauses or phrases from each other in a series of
similar phrases or subordinate clauses, when commas would not be
sufficient to indicate clearly where each clause or phrase began and

     We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are
     created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with
     inherent and inalienable rights; that among these are life,
     liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these
     rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their
     just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any
     form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the
     right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute
     new government, laying its foundations on such principles and
     organizing its power in such form, as to them shall seem most
     likely to effect their happiness.

     =Exercise 146.=--(1) Find three sentences in which the principal
     clauses are separated by the semicolon. (2) Write three such
     sentences of your own composition. (3) Write three sentences
     in which the semicolon is used to separate similar phrases or
     subordinate clauses in a series. Let the sentences be of your
     own composition.

=100. The Colon.=--The colon indicates that what follows it is an
explanation or specification of what precedes it. It is used:--

1. To introduce a list, a quotation, or an explanatory proposition.
When the explanation begins a new paragraph, a dash is usually
placed after the colon, as in the second sentence of this section.

     He provided himself with the following books: Worcester's
     dictionary, a Latin grammar, an atlas, and a Bible.

     We hold these truths to be self-evident: that, etc. [See example
     under § 99, 2 above.]

     He read, on a marble tablet in the chapel wall opposite, this
     singular inscription: "Look not mournfully into the past."

2. In a compound sentence in which the principal clauses are not
connected by a conjunction, to show that the following clause
explains or illustrates the preceding clause.

     I am no traveler: it is ten years since I have left my village.

     The general refused to believe him: the risk was too great.

3. After such phrases of address as _Dear Sir,_[2] _Ladies and
Gentlemen,_ etc.

  [2] At the beginning of a letter, _Dear Sir_ may be followed by (1)
  a comma, (2) a comma and a dash, or (3) a colon. It should never be
  followed by a semicolon. (3) is more formal than (2) and (1).

     =Exercise 147.=--I. Write five examples of your own composition
     of (1); five of (2); and three of (3).

     II. Explain the use of the semicolons and colons in the

     1. Sin has many tools; but a lie is the handle which fits them

     2. In Bryant's _To a Waterfowl,_ we find the following lines:--

    "He who, from zone to one,
    Guides through the boundless sky thy certain flight,
    In the long way that I must tread alone,
    Will lead my steps aright."

     3. Speech is silver; silence is gold.

     4. There are three great virtues: faith, hope, and charity.

=101. The Comma.=--As we have seen, the period is used to close a
declarative sentence, and the semicolon and colon are used to mark
off the greater divisions of a sentence. The office of the comma is
to point off the smaller divisions of a sentence. It is used in the
following ways:--

1. In a compound sentence, to separate the different clauses, when
there is not a sufficient break in the thought to make the semicolon
necessary. See above, §99, 1.

     He rested himself in the Chancellor's room till the debate
     commenced, and then, leaning on his two relatives, he limped to
     his seat.

     His exertions redeemed his own fame, but they effected little
     for his country.

2. To separate the different parts of a compound predicate, unless
the connection between them is very close.

     The slightest particulars of that day were remembered, and have
     been carefully recorded.

     He lost the thread of his discourse, hesitated, repeated the
     same words several times, and was so confused that, in speaking
     of the Act of Settlement, he could not recall the name of the
     Electress Sophia.

     I see and hear you.

3. In a complex sentence in which the dependent clause precedes, to
separate the dependent clause from the principal clause. When the
dependent clause follows, the comma is, as a rule, not needed.

    If you are wise, you will trust him implicitly.
    Although I saw him, I could not wait.
    I would not stop until he called out to me.

4. To mark off an explanatory relative clause.

     _Note._--Relative clauses may be roughly divided into
     explanatory clauses and restrictive clauses. An explanatory
     relative clause describes or gives information about its
     antecedents. A restrictive relative clause narrows the meaning
     of its antecedent. An explanatory clause might usually be
     omitted without affecting the thought of the principal clause. A
     restrictive clause cannot usually be omitted without affecting
     the thought of the principal clause. No comma is used before a
     restrictive clause.

     EXAMPLES. (a) _Explanatory Clauses._--1. The twenty-four
     columns, each of which is sixty feet in height, are oppressive
     in their grandeur.

     2. Beyond lay various other apartments, which receive no light
     from without.

     3. This churchman rode upon a well-fed, ambling mule, whose
     bridle was ornamented with silver bells.

     4. His companion, who was a man past forty, was tall and

     (_b_) _Restrictive Clauses._--1. The two who rode foremost were
     persons of importance.

     2. This is not the book that I ordered.

     3. There is no reason which can be urged in favor of such a bill.

     4. Such was the appearance of the man who was about to receive
     into his hand the destinies of half the world.

     5. We walked through the inner halls under the spell of a
     fascination which we had hardly power to break.

5. In general, to indicate the beginning and the end of a group of
words, whether a phrase or a clause, which must be regarded as a
unit, particularly if it occurs parenthetically.

     Let us go together through the low gateway, _with its
     battlemented top and small window in the center_, into the inner

     And now I wish that the reader, _before I bring him into St.
     Mark's Place_, would imagine himself in a little English town.

6. To separate similar words or phrases used, in a series, in the
same construction, and not joined by conjunctions.

     It was done quickly, neatly, artistically.

     It was done quickly and neatly.

     He was a big, hearty, happy fellow.

     The horse was a quiet, sensible old beast. [Here _quiet_ and
     _sensible_ limit _old beast_, not _beast_ alone.]

     He was gay and jovial, gloomy and despondent, as the weather

If the members of the series are joined by conjunctions, commas are
unnecessary. When, however, a conjunction joins the last two members
of the series, the comma is employed.[3]

  [3] The usage of many writers and publishers, however, is to omit
  commas in such cases; that is, they prefer "_a_, _b_ and _c_,"
  to "_a_, _b_, and _c_." The latter usage, as described above, is
  followed in this book.

     Bread and butter.

     She was good and true and beautiful.

     They visited Rome, Florence, and Venice.

7. To indicate the omission of words logically necessary to the

     One was tall; the other, short.

     Admission, twenty-five cents.

8. To mark off phrases when they open a sentence or are not closely
connected with the context. Phrases occurring in their usual places
and closely connected with the context are, however, not marked off
by commas.

     Following the dim path, we proceeded slowly.

     On his arrival in England, he found himself an object of general
     interest and admiration.

     With rare delicacy, he refused to receive this token of

     The case was heard, according to the usage of the time, before a
     committee of the whole house.

     From a child he hated the English.

     He refused with emphasis this token of gratitude.

9. To mark off adverbs and adverb phrases which have a connective
force. Notice the difference between (_a_) "you will see, then, that
you have been misled," and (_b_) "you will then see that you have
been misled."

     This, on the other hand, was his purpose.

     My mission, too, is one of peace.

     He recalled, however, his motive.

10. To mark off words or phrases (_a_) in direct address or (_b_) in
apposition. Notice, however, that in expressions like "the Emperor
William," _William_ is rather a noun limited by _Emperor_ than a
noun in apposition with _Emperor_.

     (_a_) I do not understand you, sir.

     I apologize, ladies and gentlemen, for my apparent discourtesy.

     (_b_) His romantic novel, the _Castle of Otranto_, is now unread.

     He is like me in this, that he cannot resist entreaty.

11. Before a direct quotation. See the more formal use of the colon,
§ 100, 1.

     He kept crying, "On! on!"

     As he fell, he heard some one say, "There goes another."

12. In dates, addresses, as in the following examples:--

  Jan. 1, 1899.
  Dr. C. H. Smith, Salem, Essex County, Mass.[4]

  [4] On an envelope it is becoming customary to omit all punctuation
  at the end of lines, except periods after abbreviations.

13. To prevent ambiguity or to make a sentence more easily

     =Exercise 148.=--I. Write two sentences (of your own
     composition) illustrating each of the uses described in the
     preceding section.

     II. Give reasons for the marks of punctuation used in the

     One day, when he was looking for wild flowers, of which he was
     very fond, he heard a rustling in some thick bushes near by, and
     saw that some animal was moving among them. He took his gun and
     fired, and, going to the place, found that he had shot a lion's

     When his colored gun-bearer saw this, he screamed with terror,
     and ran away shouting, "Run, Benana! run!" Almost at the same
     instant, Bishop Hannington heard a fearful roar; turning, he saw
     a huge lion and a lioness rushing furiously towards him.

III. Supply commas where needed, giving reasons.

     In Holland children have very few playthings. The shoes are
     shaped very much like the canal-boats of the country. The
     children recognize this fact and have a custom of sailing them
     on the water. This is fine sport except when the little craft is
     loaded with too many stones causing it to sink and insuring them
     punishment from their parents.

     I was told of a small lad who going out one morning to sail his
     wooden shoe put into it his knife a small brass cannon a top and
     some marbles that had been given him on the previous Christmas.

     His tiny vessel which had a paper sail ran firmly until an old
     man came down to the canal to dip up a pail of water. This made
     such waves that the heavily laden shoe was overwhelmed and sank
     suddenly before the knife or cannon or marbles could be rescued.

=102. Parentheses and Brackets.=--Parentheses are to inclose
explanatory matter which is independent of the grammatical
construction of the sentence. Brackets have the same general office,
but are generally used only to inclose corrections, explanations, or
similar matter, introduced by the author into the statement of some
one else.

     Prescott (1796-1859) was a brilliant historian.

     It is said (and I can believe that it is true) that many still
     believe in witches.

     It was at that moment [10 A.M.], the colonel goes on to say,
     that his superior officer [General Smith] met him.

=103. The Dash.=--The dash is used to indicate a sudden change in
thought or construction. Two dashes have the general effect of

    Yes--no--I scarcely know what to say.
    You were saying that--
    I suppose--but why should I tell you?
    His father, his mother, his brothers, his sisters,--all are dead.
    At last he succeeded in opening the box and found in it--nothing.
    He had two constant motives--love of man and love of God.
    The two motives--love of man and love of God--were constant.

=104. The Apostrophe.=--The apostrophe is used (1) to indicate the
omission of a letter or letters, (2) in forming the possessive case,
and (3) in forming the plurals of letters and figures.

  Don't, shan't, o'er, John's, horses', his abc's.

=105. Quotation Marks.=--Double inverted commas indicate that the
inclosed matter is a quotation. Single inverted commas indicate
a quotation within a quotation. Double quotation marks are also
sometimes used to indicate the title of a book, magazine, or
newspaper, or the name of a ship. See also § 106.

A direct quotation is one in which the exact words of a speaker or
writer are repeated. When a direct quotation is broken by words
of the author, each part of the quotation should be inclosed in
quotation marks.

A short informal quotation, if it constitutes a sentence, is
preceded by a comma or a comma and a dash. If a quotation is long,
or if it is desired to give it with a little more formality, it may
be preceded by a colon. If the quotation begins a paragraph, it is
preceded by a colon and a dash. See § 100, 1.

    "To be or not to be."
    The word "coward" has never been applied to me.
    "Sir," said I, "you insult me."
    I said to him, "Sir, you insult me."
    This was his reply: "I tell you that he said only last night, 'You
          will never see me again.'"
    This "History of English Literature" is worth reading.
    The wreck of the "Polar Star."

An indirect quotation repeats the thought of some speaker or writer
without giving his exact words. Quotation marks are not used to
indicate indirect quotations.

[Direct quotation] "Well, my boys," said Mr. Webster, "I will be the

[Indirect quotation] Mr. Webster told his boys that he would be the

     =Exercise 149.=--Rewrite the following story, _Daniel Webster's
     First Case_, changing the direct quotations to indirect and the
     indirect quotations to direct:--

The father of Daniel Webster was a farmer. His garden had suffered
somewhat from the visits of a woodchuck that lived in a hole close
by. One day Daniel and his brother Ezekiel set a steel trap for the
trespasser, and caught him alive. And now the great question was,
"What shall be done with the rogue?"

"Kill him," said Ezekiel.

"Let him go," said Daniel, looking with pity into the eyes of the
dumb captive.

"No, no!" replied Ezekiel, "he'll be at his old tricks again."

The boys could not agree; so they appealed to their father to decide
the case.

"Well, my boys," said Mr. Webster, "I will be judge. There is the
prisoner, and you shall be counsel, Daniel for him and Ezekiel
against him. It rests with you whether the woodchuck shall live or

Ezekiel opened the case. The woodchuck, he said, was a thief by
nature. He had already done much harm, and would do more, if he were
set free. It had cost a great deal of labor to catch him. It would
be harder to catch him a second time; for he would have gained in
cunning. It was better on every account to put him to death. His
skin would be worth something, although it would not half repay the
damage he had done.

The father looked with pride upon his son, little dreaming, however,
that he was then showing signs of that power that made him so sound
a jurist in his manhood.

"Now, Daniel, it is your turn. I'll hear what you have to say."

Daniel saw that the argument of his brother had sensibly moved his
father the judge. The boy's large, black eyes looked upon the timid
woodchuck, and, as he saw the poor thing trembling with fear, his
heart swelled with pity.

God, he said, had made the woodchuck. He made him to live, to enjoy
the air and sunshine, the free fields and woods. The woodchuck had
as much right to live as any other thing that breathes. God did
not make him or anything in vain. He was not a destructive animal
like the wolf or the fox. He ate a few common things, to be sure;
but they had plenty of them, and could well spare a part. And he
destroyed nothing except the little food needed to sustain his
humble life. That little food was as sweet to him, and as necessary
to his existence, as was the food on their mother's table to them.

God gave them their food. Would they not spare a little for the dumb
creature that really had as much right to his small share of God's
bounty as they themselves to theirs? Yea, more; the animal had never
broken the laws of his nature or the laws of God, as man often did,
but had strictly lived up to the simple instincts that had been
given him by the good Creator of all things. Created by God's hands,
he had a right from God to his life and his liberty, and they had no
right to deprive him of either.

The young orator then alluded to the mute but earnest entreaties of
the animal for his life, as sweet, as dear to him, as their own was
to them; and to the just penalty they might expect, if, in selfish
cruelty, they took the life they could not restore,--the life that
God Himself had given.

During this appeal for mercy tears had started to the father's eyes,
and were fast running down his sunburnt cheeks. Every feeling of his
manly heart was stirred within him,--gratitude for the gift of so
eloquent and noble a boy, pity for the helpless and anxious prisoner
at the bar.

The strain was more than he could bear. While Daniel was yet
speaking, without thinking that he had won his case, his father
sprang from his chair, and, in entire forgetfulness of his character
as judge, exclaimed to his elder son, "Zeke! Zeke! let that
woodchuck go!"

Sometimes you may wish to quote, not a whole sentence, but a word or
two. Such a partial quotation should be inclosed in quotation marks,
but you should not begin it with a capital or place a comma before
it, unless the comma is needed there for some other reason.

     She was "born to blush unseen."

     We listened with pity to this tale of "man's inhumanity to man."

     =Exercise 150.=--Construct sentences using the following partial

     "Waste her sweetness on the desert air," "simple and heart-felt
     lay," of "night's candles," "lowly thatched cottage," "sweet
     bells out of tune."

     =Exercise 151.=--Rewrite the following so that you will have
     in each instance a quotation within a quotation. You will be
     obliged to make introductions using the name of the author.

     1. Had it not been the season when "no spirit dares stir
     abroad," I should have been half tempted to steal from my room
     at midnight.--WASHINGTON IRVING.

     2. The story-teller paused for a moment and said, "There is no
     situation in life but has its advantages and pleasures."


     3. We are in that part of the year which I like best--the Rainy
     or Hurricane Season. "When it is good, it is very, very good;
     and when it is bad, it is horrid."


=106. Italics.=--The term "italics" refers to a special kind of
type used in printing; thus, _italics_. Ordinary type is referred
to as "roman." In writing, a single line drawn underneath a word
is understood to be the equivalent of italics. Italics are used
for (1) words especially emphasized, for (2) words from a foreign
language, and, sometimes, as in this volume, for (3) names of books,
newspapers, magazines, and ships. See § 105, ¶ 1.

    To his amazement, he saw _footprints_.
    The carriage rolled away from the _porte-cochère_.
    His _History of English Literature_.
    The wreck of the _Polar Star_.

=107. The Hyphen.=--The hyphen is used as follows:--

1. Between the parts of some compound words, _son-in-law_,
_simple-hearted_, _vice-president_. With regard to many words,
usage varies. The tendency is to omit the hyphen and write the
words as one, _e.g. football_, _horsecar_. According to some
authorities, compound numerals and fractions retain the hyphen,
_e.g. twenty-nine_, _one hundred and thirty-first_, _two-thirds_.

2. To separate two vowels which are not pronounced together, _e.g._
_pre-eminent_, _co-operation_. The diæresis is frequently used for
the same purpose, _e.g. preëminent_.

3. To mark the division of a word at the end of a line. Usage varies
as to the way in which many words shall be divided. The subject can
be best studied by noticing the practice of good printers. The pupil
may bear in mind, however, (_a_) that he should not divide words of
only one syllable; (_b_) that he should be guided by pronunciation;
(_c_) that syllables should begin, if possible, with a consonant.
For example, _photog-raphy_, _Napo-leon_, _litera-ture_.

     =Exercise 152.=--Make up three illustrations each of proper
     uses of the question mark, the exclamation point, parentheses,
     brackets, the dash, the apostrophe, double quotation marks,
     single quotation marks, italics, the hyphen.

=108. Capitals.=--The pronoun _I_ and the interjection _O_ are
written with capital letters. Capital letters are used at the
beginning of words as follows:--

1. The first word of a sentence, a line of poetry, and a direct

     "Making his rustic reed of song
     A weapon in the war with wrong."

     His last words were: "Mother is coming."

     "Run," he said, "there is still time."

2. Names and titles of the Deity and personal pronouns referring to
Him, _e.g. the Almighty_, _the Holy Spirit_, _I pray that He will
aid me_.

3. Proper nouns and adjectives, including names of streets, the
months, the days, races, sects, parties, nations, and parts of
the country. For example, _John Smith_, _Broadway_, _New York
City_, _February_, _Sunday_, _Christmas_, _Indian_, _Episcopalian_,
_Democrat_, _English_, _the South_. Notice that _negro_ and _gypsy_
are not begun with capital letters.

Personal titles, whenever they are equivalent to proper nouns. In
compound titles, each part begins with a capital.

  The President and the Governor of Rhode Island are here.
  The Attorney-General of the United States.

4. The first word in the title of a book, article, or composition
and every noun and adjective in the title, but not other words. When
a verb or adverb is an important or prominent word in the title, it
may also be begun with a capital.

     The Spy; a Tale of the Neutral Ground.
     Under the Red Robe.
     Sketches, New and Old.
     Teaching Requires Knowledge and Skill.

5. Personified nouns, and names of great events or bodies of men.

     "While sallow Autumn fills thy lap with leaves."
     It was a cold day in autumn.[5]
     At the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
     While the Legislature is sitting.

  [5] Notice that the names of the seasons do not begin with capitals
  unless they are personified.

     =Exercise 153.=--I. Construct sentences containing in all twenty
     words that should begin with capital letters.

II. Which words in the following sentences should begin with
capitals? Why?

1. He added, with a look of curiosity, "you must be a stranger."
2. "I like," said he, "to lie down upon the grass." 3. In 1827 he
entered the senate, serving there until the president appointed him
secretary of state. 4. At length I reached fourth street. 5. It
was easter morning. 6. He has always voted the republican ticket.
7. There are more negroes in the south than in the west. 8. No one
imagined that he would make a good emperor. 9. The king died on
tuesday. 10. I shall see you this summer.

     =Exercise 154.= (Review).--Insert in the following sentences the
     proper marks of punctuation:--

1. It was a dull dark gloomy day. 2. He was a rosy faced smiling and
cheerful young gentleman. 3. Some of us were disappointed others
overjoyed. 4. A pretty little white dog came running up to me. 5.
Samuel the youngest of the three was by far the tallest. 6. My
letters have brought no response consequently I have ceased writing.
7. Well Philip I am glad to see you again. 8. With hearty thanks
for your kindness to me a stranger I am my dear sir your obedient
servant John Smith. 9. Now Wegg said Mr. Boffin hugging his stick
closer I want to make an offer to you. 10. The champion moving
onward ascended the platform.

11. At the flourish of clarions and trumpets they started out at
full galop. 12. The lake greatly to my surprise seemed as far off
as before. 13. Terrible as was his anger he still spoke calmly. 14.
To make a long story short I could never find a trace of him again.
15. His expressions too were frequently incorrect. 16. After the
fourth encounter however there was a considerable pause. 17. However
strong you may be you must not waste your strength. 18. My friend
who is called Sir Roger came at once to see me. 19. The person who
comes last must start first. 20. He that read loudest was to have a

21. None was so dissatisfied as Cedric who regarded the whole scene
with scorn. 22. The message which I wished to send is simply this.
23. I will never do not interrupt me I will never consent to such
a plan. 24. As often as he came and he came very often he stood
long at the gate before entering. 25. Though they dwelt in such a
solitude these people were not lonely. 26. If you insist I will
speak frankly.

27. At ten o'clock the great war chief with his treacherous
followers reached the fort and the gateway was thronged with their
savage faces. 28. Some were crested with hawk eagle or raven plumes
others had shaved their heads leaving only the fluttering scalp-lock
on the crown while others again wore their long black hair flowing
loosely at their backs or wildly hanging about their brows like
a lion's mane. 29. Their bold yet crafty features their cheeks
besmeared with ocher and vermilion white lead and soot their keen
deep-set eyes gleaming in their sockets like those of rattlesnakes
gave them an aspect grim uncouth and horrible. 30. For the most part
they were tall strong men and all had a gait and bearing of peculiar

=109. List of Common Abbreviations.=--The following is a list
of common abbreviations, particularly those of foreign words or
phrases. Abbreviations of names of states and other very familiar
abbreviations are omitted.

  =A.B.= or =B.A.= (Latin, _Artium Baccalaureus_), Bachelor of Arts.

  =A.D.= (Latin, _anno domini_), in the year of our Lord.

  =A.M.= or =M.A.= (Latin, _Artium Magister_), Master of Arts.

  =a.m.= (Latin, _ante meridiem_), before noon.

  =anon.=, anonymous.

  =B.C.=, before Christ.

  =Bp.=, Bishop.

  =Capt.=, Captain.

  =cf.= (Latin, _confer_), compare.

  =C.O.D.=, collect on delivery.

  =Col.=, Colonel.

  =cor. sec.=, corresponding secretary.

  =D.D.=, Doctor of Divinity.

  =e.g.= (Latin, _exempli gratia_), for example.

  =Esq.=, Esquire.

  =etc.= (Latin, _et cetera_), and so forth.

  =F.= or =Fahr.=, Fahrenheit (thermometer).

  =F.R.S.=, Fellow of the Royal Society.

  =Gov.=, Governor.

  =H.R.H.=, His Royal Highness.

  =Hon.=, Honorable.

  =ibid.= (Latin, _ibidem_, "in the same place"), a term used in
        footnotes, in reference to a book just mentioned.

  =i.e.= (Latin, _id est_), that is.

  =inst.= (Latin, _mense instante_), the present month.

  =jr.= or =jun.=, junior.

  =Lieut.=, Lieutenant.

  =LL.D.=, Doctor of Laws.

  =M.= (Latin, _meridies_), noon.

  =M.= (French, _Monsieur_), Mr.

  =Maj.=, Major.

  =M.C.=, Member of Congress.

  =M.D.= (Latin, _Medicinæ Doctor_), Doctor of Medicine.

  =Mlle.= (French, _Mademoiselle_), Miss.

  =MM.= (French, _Messieurs_), used as the plural of _M._

  =Mme.= (French, _Madame_), Mrs.

  =MS.=, manuscript.

  =MSS.=, manuscripts.

  =N.B.= (Latin, _nota bene_), mark well.

  =p.=, page.

  =per cent.= (Latin, _per centum_), by the hundred.

  =p.m.= (Latin, _post meridiem_), after noon.

  =pp.=, pages.

  =Prof.=, Professor.

  =pro tem.= (Latin, _pro tempore_), for the time being.

  =prox.= (Latin, _proximo_), next month.

  =P.S.= (Latin, _post scriptum_), postscript.

  =Q.E.D.= (Latin, _quod erat demonstrandum_), which was to be proved.

  =Rev.=, Reverend.

  =R.R.=, Railroad.

  =Rt. Rev.=, Right Reverend.

  =sr.= or =sen.=, senior.

  =Supt.=, Superintendent.

  =ult.= (Latin, _ultimo_), last month.

  =U.S.A.=, United States army.

  =U.S.M.=, United States mail.

  =U.S.N.=, United States navy.

  =vid.= (Latin, _vide_), see.

  =viz.= (Latin, _videlicet_), to wit, namely.



I. For dropping or retaining the final _e_.

1. Words ending in _e_, preceded by a consonant, usually drop _e_ on
taking a suffix beginning with a vowel.

  move          moving
  believe       believing
  conceive      conceiving
  receive       receiving
  achieve       achieving

2. Words ending in _ue_ drop _e_ on taking a suffix.

  argue        arguing
  fatigue      fatiguing
  _Exception_: vague, vaguely, vagueness.

3. Words ending in _e_ retain _e_ on taking a suffix beginning with
a consonant.

  move         movement
  large        largely
  hoarse       hoarseness
  peace        peaceful
  sense        senseless
  whole        wholesome
  remorse      remorseless
  advertise    advertisement

4. Words ending in _ce_ or _ge_ retain _e_ on adding _able_, _ably_,
or _ous_.

  change        changeable
  courage       courageous
  notice        noticeable
  outrage       outrageous

II. For doubling the final consonant.

1. Words of one syllable (and words of more than one syllable
if accented on the last syllable), ending in a single consonant
preceded by a single vowel, double the first consonant before a
suffix beginning with a vowel.

  thin        thinner        forgot     forgotten
  slap        slapping       trot       trotting
  acquit      acquitting     begin      beginner

2. When the accent is thrown back upon another syllable, after the
derivative is formed, the final consonant is not doubled.

  refer        reference
  prefer       preference

3. When preceded by two vowels, the final consonant is not doubled.

  toil      toiling
  keep      keeper

III. For final _y_.

1. Words ending in _y_, preceded by a consonant, retain _y_ before
a suffix beginning with _i_; on taking a suffix beginning with any
other letter, _y_ is in most cases changed to _i_.

  cry        crying      lazy       laziness
  fly        flying      duty       dutiable
  try        trying      happy      happiness

2. Words ending in _y_, preceded by a vowel, retain _y_ before a

  buy        buying        gray       grayness
  play       playing       stay       staying
  joy        joyful        obey       obeying


ARTICLE I. _Name._--This club shall be known as the ......

ARTICLE II. _Object._--Its object shall be the ......

ARTICLE III. _Officers._--Its officers shall be a president, a
vice-president, a secretary, and a treasurer. There shall also be
...... committees of ...... each. These officers and committees
shall be elected by the club at each annual meeting, as provided for
in the by-laws.

ARTICLE IV. _Meetings._--The club shall hold an annual business
meeting on ......, and a regular meeting every ...... None but
members shall be present, except as provided in the by-laws. ......
members shall constitute a quorum. Special meetings may be called by
the president upon the written application of ...... members.

ARTICLE V. _Membership._--......

ARTICLE VI. _Dues._--The [annual] dues shall be ...... payable on


ARTICLE I. _Duties of Officers._--SECTION 1. President and
vice-president.--The President shall preside at meetings of the club
and shall ...... The vice-president shall preside at meetings in the
absence of the president and shall ......

SECT. 2. The Secretary.--The secretary shall keep a correct record
of all meetings and shall ......

SECT. 3. The Treasurer.--The treasurer shall receive and pay out all
money, subject to the order of the club, and shall keep a correct
account in detail of all receipts and expenditures, and shall render
a report in writing at the annual meeting.

SECT. 4. Standing Committees.--The duties of the committees shall be
as specified below ......

ARTICLE II. _Election of Members._--......

ARTICLE III. _Visitors._--......

ARTICLE IV. _Programme of Meetings._--......

ARTICLE V. _Amendments._--This constitution may be amended at any
regular meeting of the club by a two-thirds vote of the members
present, provided that written notice of the intended change has
been given at the previous meeting.




  Advertisements, 135.

  Appeals, 133.

  Argument, general principle of, 214;
    the introduction, 215;
    the reasons, 217;
    the outline, 220;
    the plea, 221;
    other forms of, 221.

  Autobiography, 140.

  Biography, 142.

  Clause, defined, 4;
    dependent or subordinate, 4;
    independent or principal, 5.

  Condensation, 67;
    method in, 71.

  Description, observation necessary in, 155;
    general scientific description, 158;
    specific scientific, 162;
    use of technical terms in, 163;
    literary description, 164;
    of people, 169;
    longer description, 172;
    description of conditions, 174;
    by contrast, 176;
    of events, 177;
    picture making of scenes of action, 179;
    description of travel, 182;
    descriptions of an hour, 185.

  Diary, value of, 106;
    contents of, 107;
    imaginary diaries, 109;
    class diaries, 109.

  Expansion, 78;
    purpose of, 79.

  Exposition, general principles of, 199;
    explanation of a material process, 201;
    of games, 204;
    of abstract ideas, 208;
    by example and comparison, 208;
    by repetition, 210;
    by contrast, 211;
    by a figure of speech, 211.

  Figures of speech, 59.

  History, 144.

  Invitations, formal, 122.

  Letters, various kinds of, 112;
    friendly, 113;
    of social intercourse, 119;
    formal invitations, 122;
    telegrams, 123;
    business letters, 125.

  Metaphor, 59.

  Narration, essentials of a good narrative, 137;
    autobiography, 140;
    biography, 142;
    history, 144;
    plain reporting of facts, 150;
    conversation, 152;
    travel, 182;
    historical stories, 188;
    fictitious stories, 191;
    the beginning of a narrative, 193;
    the ending, 196;
    the body, 197.

  Notices, 130.

  Oral composition, 102.

  Outlines, 92, 98, 220.

  Paragraph, defined and described, 29;
    beginning of or topic sentence, 30;
    unity in, 35;
    body of, 37;
    too many paragraphs, 41;
    end of paragraph or summary sentence, 42;
    arrangement in a whole composition, 96.

  Paraphrase, 80, 84.

  Petitions, 134.

  Phrase, defined, 4.

  Pronunciation, 104.

  Punctuation, 246.

  Quotations, how punctuated, 44, 259.

  Secretarial work, 225.

  Sentence, distinguished from phrase and clause, 4;
    simple, complex, and compound, 7;
    variety in the use of sentences, 14, 19;
    length of, 14;
    periodic, 17;
    loose, 18;
    bad, 21, 22, 23, 25;
    "comma" sentence, 22;
    with and without unity, 23;
    formless, 25.

  Simile, 59.

  Slang, 63.

  Spelling, 62.

  Synonyms, 53.

  Telegrams, 123.

  Travel, 182.

  Unity, in sentences, 23;
    in paragraphs, 35;
    in whole compositions, 97.

  Versification, 234.

  Vocabulary, size and character of English, 50;
    increasing one's vocabulary, 50.

  Whole composition, 88;
    outline of, 92, 98, 220;
    arrangement of paragraphs in, 96;
    essentials of, 97;
    how to plan a, 98.

  Words, 49;
    vocabulary, 50;
    synonyms, 53;
    choice of words, 55;
    accuracy in the use of, 58;
    errors in the use of, 62.


  Addison, Joseph, The Spectator, 209, 212.

  Ames, Azel, How the Pilgrims Came to Plymouth, 144.

  Baldwin, James, A Story of the Golden Age, 30.

  Bryant, William C., To the Fringed Gentian, 158.

  Buckley, Arabella, Fairyland of Science, 70.

  Burroughs, John, Locusts and Wild Honey, 156;
    Squirrels and Other Fur-bearing Animals, 192.

  Cooper, James Fenimore, The Pilot, 71.

  Dickens, Charles, A Child's History of England, 69, 75, 177, 188;
    David Copperfield, 167, 169, 186.

  Franklin, Benjamin, Autobiography, 43.

  Garland, Hamlin, Main-traveled Roads, 174.

  Gregory, Lady, Through Portugal, 182.

  Hardy, Thomas, Far from the Madding Crowd, 179.

  Hawthorne, Nathaniel, Mosses from an Old Manse, 83.

  Hughes, Thomas, Tom Brown's Schooldays, 63.

  Irving, Washington, Rip Van Winkle, 43;
    Astoria, 81, 82;
    Life of Columbus, 83;
    Stratford-on-Avon (The Sketch-Book), 88.

  Kane, Elisha E., Arctic Explorations, 70.

  Leavitt, R. G., Outlines of Botany, 158.

  Lockyer, J. N., Astronomy, 92.

  Long, William J., Ways of Wood Folk, 31.

  Longfellow, Henry W., The Courtship of Miles Standish, 82;
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  Lowell, James R., The Vision of Sir Launfal, 84.

  Main, E., Cities and Sights of Spain, 204.

  Merriam, Florence A., Birds through an Opera Glass, 160, 162.

  Motley, J. L., Correspondence, 170.

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  Prescott, William H., The Conquest of Mexico, 82.

  Sheridan, Richard B., The Rivals, 58.

  Thoreau, Henry D., Excursions, 165.

  Whittier, John G., The Barefoot Boy, 84.

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