Excerpt from The Speaker's Favorite: Or Best Things for Entertainments, for Home, Church and School
Several of the selections in this book have gestures marked in them for the use of many speakers who would like to enliven a recitation but do not know exactly what gestures to employ. A system of symbols is used, which will be easy to remember when once learned, and a mastery of the principles of gesture as here laid down will be valuable to the reader for life. It is almost impossible in indicated gestures to avoid the idea of mechanical rather than intellectual and spiritual movements and transitions. There are many gestures that can hardly be described, just as there are tones and inﬂections that belong to the living voice that no system of marking can designate. As these belong to Gmtures of Mphasis and Illustration more than to those of Location, it also happens that the indicated gestures belong mostly to the latter clam. This unavoidable state of things can be remedied only by the speaker's ingenuity, taste, adaptation, and by so carefully practicing the movements given that case and grace shall be secured. Aim to make gestures ﬂow or glide one into the other when possible, yet be particular that the emphatic word or syllable receive a rather firm and decided stroke of the hand from the wrist to give it life.
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