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"Rose?” he said at last in a deep and awful whisper. She was not prepared for his speaking. She knew that he had not spoken for months. She drew near and took his hand, saying: "Grand papa!" "Has a spirit such soft hands?” said grandpa pa tremu
"It is not a spirit-it is your Rosemary herself,” said the girl in a soothing voice; and bending down kissed him.
"Stand back-stand in the light !” said grandpa pa, rising on one elbow with astonishing vigor, “You were to have been married?” he said, glancing at her dress. “Have you just risen from the grave? Did you lie six months in that floomy vault? Once I heard your voice there. Is this too a strong hallucination?”
The old man sank back on his pillow and gazed at her wildly:-"Phantom! Begone!”-in a terrible voice.
"It is I, your very Rosemary' said the girl. “It was my voice you heard in the vault-dear grandpapa.-J. V. Hunt
From The Merchant of Antwerp.
"Ah! dear Papa. The happy time has come! See the young peas are already in flower. You love them so much! The first are for you. They will be ready to eat in a few days. Then new potatoes will soon follow. New potatoes, green peas, fresh butter—what a feast it will be. How kind it is in our good Lord, papa, to make the first fruits of earth, which are given to rich and poor, so delicious.”
These artless remarks of his child's gentle voice touched the old man, and restored quiet and reason for a time to his mind.
He stopped, took his daughter's hands, looked into her eyes, and said very gravely:
"How pure your heart is, how sincere your love! You watch over your father's troubled spirit like a guardian angel. You sacrifice for him not only your inclinations, but your youth, your future, your life. Yes, I know it. It is not
always within-Alas! I am powerless, fortune has deserted me; but this is nothing, Felicite.
There is one in heaven who pays the debts of fathers to children. Yes, yes my noble and generous child, believe your father's words: some day, you will be happy; for God is iust and forgets nothing!”—Hendrick Conscience.
From The Confederate Chieftains.
“Chieftain of Uriel,” said he, “be not cast down with mournful recollections—there is still hope for your brother, and even were there none, you have cause to rejoice in that the first sacrifice of propitiation was demanded and accepted from your noble and ever faithful house."
“Alas! Colonel,” replied the chief sadly, "you speak as one who never had a brother-you know not, cannot know how I loved that light hearted brother of mine, and oh God! to think what torments he hath undergone since last mine eyes beheld him-had he fallen in honorable warfare, ay! though it were but in the Spanish wars, methinks I could resign him into the hands of Providence without a sigh, but this living death to which he is doomed-nay, talk not to me of being resigned,-I can not, will not be resigned while my brother languishes in a noisome vault of Dublin Castle. Oh! the heavy, heavy sorrow."
"Heavy it may be, Art,” said the princely O'Rourke with a deep-drawn sigh, “but-but the load is not all your own to carry others have had brothers – oh, how dear! and lost them, too, since this war began”—Mrs. J. Sadlier.
DELSARTES LAWS OF GESTURE.
Having familiarized ourselves with the bodily agenta of expression, we proceed to the laws governing them. We give here the Laws of Delsarte on the subject.
Law of Succession.
“Let your attitude, gesture, and face foretell what you would make felt."
In other words, facial expression and gesture should precede speech. The expression begins at the eye, communicates itself to the face, and then passes to the rest of the body, successively throwing into motion each articulation as it passes down. For instance, along the arm it would start with the shoulder and upper arm, then follow the elbow and lower arm, lastly wrist, hand, and fingers. As a proof that this is the law of nature, we refer you to the child. Observe it and you will see that on its face is mirrored the pleasure, pain, anger, etc., which stirs it, before it gives those emotions voice. The little face often assumes lines of pain, long before the voice has given evidence of grief.
Law of Opposition.
"When two limbs follow the same direction, they can not be simultaneous without an injury to the law of opposition. Therefore, direct movements shoild be successive, and opposite movements simultaneous."
In order to make the law more intelligible we place it thus:
I. Opposite movements should be simultaneous;
II. Parallel movements should be successive. As an example of the I., suppose something repulsive to be situated to the right obligue of the speaker. In making a gesture to show his feeling of disgust towerd the object, he would move the head to the left, and with the right hand make a movement as if to push it away from him. The movement of both head and hand shou d be imuitaneous. An illustration of the II. part of the law may be seen in the salutation of two friends. The body bends forward and then only the hand is extended for the other's grasp. Care should be taken that the-e laws be followed or awkward movements will en
This 1.: cautions us against multiplying gesture. But one gesture is necessary for the expression of a single thought. This gesture should be heid till the thought is completed. Notice, we do not affirm that it must be held till the sentence is completed. There may he many modifications of the thought contained in a sentence. Until a new impression ciwns upon us,
the gesture must not be changed.
Law of Velocity.
The rhythm of gesture is proportional to the mass to be moved."
Interpreting this we have: The velocity of the gesture should be proportionate to the thought or emotion. Hence grandeur de nands gestures of niajestic dimensions. In this law. gesture follows nature as seen in the swinging of a pendurun. If a pendulum is set so that it swings only a short distance, the motion will be quick; place it lower on the rod, and permit it to swing with a large sweep, and the motion is slow. Take the following exuple from Pope, and notice the change in the velocity of gesture,
When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to throw,
Law of Altitude.
Positiveness rises, hesitancy descends. If you are absolutely certain of your assertion, the arm will be carried straight toward the zenith in testifying to it. If you inake an assertion with hesitancy, the gusture will not proceed above the shoulder line. The more doubt. fu, you are, the lower is the altitude of the gesture. Try the L:xw of Altitude on the foliowing sentences.
Poss BILITY. He may be false.