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Commendation for obliging Behaviour.
You have done our pleasures much grace, fair ladies;
Timon of Athens.
Commendation for Fidelity.
O good old man, how well in thee appears
As You Like It.
Exhorting, or encouraging, is earnest persuasion, attended with confidence of success. The voice has the softness of love, intermixed with the firmness of courage ; the arms are sometimes spread, with the hands open, as intreating ; and sometimes the right hand is lifted up, and struck rapidly down, as enforcing what we say,
But wherefore do you droop? Why look you sad?
And fright him there, and make him tremble there?
Shakesp. K. Johnt.
Complaining, as when one is under violent bodily pain, distorts the features, almost closes the eyes ; sometimes raises them wistfully ; opens the mouth, gnashes the teeth, draws up the upper lip, draws down the head upon the breast, and contracts the whole body. The arms are violently bent at the elbows, and the fists strongly clinched. The voice is uttered in groans, lamentations, and sometimes violent screams.
Complaining of extreme Pain. Search there ; nay, probe me; search my wounded reinsPull, draw it outOh, I am shot! A forked burning arrow Sticks across my shoulders: the sad venom flies Like light’ning through my flesh, my blood, my marrow. Ha! what a change of torments I endure ! A bolt of ice runs hissing through my bowels : 'Tis, sure, the arm of death ; give me a chair ; Cover me, for I freeze, and my teeth chatter, And my knees knock together.
Fatigue from hard labour gives a general lan. guor to the body ; the countenance is dejected, the arms hang listless; the body, if not sitting or lying along, stoops, as in old age ; the legs, if walking, are dragged heavily along, and seem at every step to bend under the weight of the body. The voice is weak, and hardly articulate enough to be understood.
Fatigue from Travelling.
I see a man's life is a tedious one :
Feebleness from Hunger.
Adam. Dear master, I can go no farther: Oh, I die for food! here lie I down and measure out my grave. Farewell, kind master.
Duke. Welcome : set down your venerable burden, And let him feed.
Orla. I thank you most for him.
Adam. So had you need ;
Ibid. As You Like It.
Sickness has infirmity, or feebleness, in every motion and utterance ; the eyes dim and almost clos. ed, the cheeks are pale and hollow, the jaw falls, the head hangs down, as if too heavy to be supported by the neck ; the voice feeble, trembling, and plaintive, the head shaking, and the whole body, as it were, sinking under the weight that oppresses it.
Șickness approaching to Death.
And wherefore should this good news make me sick ?
Unless some dull and favourable hand
Shakes. Hen. IV. 2nd Fari.
Trilling as this selection of examples of the passions may appear, it is presumed it will be singularly useful. The passions are every where to be found in small portions, promiscuously mingled with each other, but not so easily met with in examples of length, and where one passion only operates at a time : Such a selection, however, seemed highly proper to facilitate the study of the passions, as it is evident that the expression of any passion may be sooner gained by confining our practice for a considerable time to one passion only, than by passing abruptly from one to the other, as they promiscuously occur ; which is the case with the Author to whom I am so much indebted for the description of the Passions, and with those who have servilely copied him. The instances of a single passion which I have selected, may be augmented at pleasure ; and when the pupil has acquired the expression of each passion singly, I would earnestly recommend to him to analyze his composition, and carefully to mark it with the several passions, emotions, and sentiments it contains, by which means he will distinguish and separate what is often mixed and confounded, and be prompted to force and variety at almost every sentence.
I am well aware, that the passions are sometimes so slightly touched, and often melt so insensibly into each other, as to make it somewhat difficult precisely to mark their boundaries ; but this is no argument against our marking them where they are distinct and obvious ; nor against our suggesting them to those who may not be quite so clear-sighted as ourselves. Indeed, the objection to this practice seems entirely founded on these two misconceptions : because we cannot perfectly delineate every shade of sound or passion, we ought not to attempt any approaches to them ; and because good readers and speakers have no need of these assistances, therefore they are useless to every one else. But this reasoning, I am convinced, is so palpably wrong, as sufficiently to establish the contrary opinion, without any other argument in its favour.