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10. But they should send up their story of wrong and oppression, and tell the Convention that no woman ever came there with pickax and blasting-powder. What heart in the assembly, especially what female heart, could remain unmoved when the voice came from those dreary subterranean caverns! and when the buried cried out against the wrongs imposed on my sex!
11. There are, it is said, three millions of men constantly on the deep, as sailors, standing at the helm, working the pump, climbing the shrouds, wet and cold in the storm, cling-, ing to the wreck, going down to watery graves, — and for what? Why, that our dear ones may have their silks, their shawls, their laces, their china, and their perfumes!
12. It is estimated that fifty thousand men, every year, are buried in the mighty deep. O woman, woman! What do you mean? Why are you not hanging on the swinging yards, climbing the mast, and facing these hardships and dangers? I do protest against the slavery to which you have sunk my kind!
13. And the Convention should be electrified by the eloquence of men who fill our streets; who bear burdens; who carry all the brick and mortar to build the fine houses; who are obliged to handle pork and tobacco, train-oil and sugar, molasses and codfish; who are all day long confined in dusty, close counting-rooms, and exhausting life and strength over blotted account-books; who, in lonely church-yards, must dig graves, and work with no company save the moldering dead!
14. Are we not compelled, early and late, to do the hardest, vilest, filthiest work that human beings ever performed? What a story of wrong could we not tell? When I come to your great city, I can't get a seat in the cars till the ladies are provided for, and that, too, next the window!
15. I can't get a seat at the table, in the hotel or in the steam-boat, till the ladies are seated at the head of the table, where, I understand, t.he greatest delicacies are placed; and ii any body has to wait for the second table^ and eat fragments, it is not a lady. If a gentleman has a seat in the cars, and a lady comes in and wants it, though he were the king himself, he must give it up cheerfully.
16. Ah! and who feeds the iron horse and makes the cars go? Who lights the street-lamps, brushes boots, colors your hats, and pounds down the stones in the street? O men, men! poor men! my soul yearns over you, and longs for your deliverance!
17. Do you not se6 that it's the women who keep you down to these ignoble toils, and who snuff out the very light of your existence? Do you not see that, if they would only come and help us, and lift off our burden, we might be free?
18. I used to think — foolish me! — I used to think that the Bible made us to be the protectors of women, and that thus the strong were to bear the infirmities of the weak, and that we could not fulfill the designs of Providence without doing all this hard drudgery, and exempting our feebler sisters from it. But since their famous Convention I have learned differently.
19. I knew it was disagreeable to be surgeons, and to amputate arms and legs, and cut out tumors, and sew up wounds; but I had no idea that the ladies were longing to cut and saw too.
20. I knew that our lawyers were a kind of civil police to keep the community quiet, and aided, as a chimney, to carry off the smoke of society; but I had no idea that our ladies were grieved that they were not chimneys too! In short, I see things in a new and strange light; and I am all awake for having a Men's Rights' Convention.
Questions. — What words in the first line of this exercise should be read with the circumflex? To which class of examples do they belong, or why should they be read with the circumflex? Foint out the next example, and tell the class to which it belongs, &c , &c. Point out some examples which are not marked, and tell why they require the circumflex, &c, &c. What is said in the note of the Egyptian bondage here alluded to? What ami where is Maiden Lane? What do you think was the Mithor's most obvious design in writing this exercise?
Monotone is a protracted sameness of sound on successive syllables or words.
Monotone, as here used, does not mean a succession of sounds perfectly similar, but simply that a similarity of tone, with slight modifications, prevails throughout the sentence t>r piece to be read.
Rule 10. Language that is grave, grand, or sublime, generally requires the monotone.
1. He prayed for his murderers: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."
2. "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honor, and power; for thou hast created all things; and for thy pleasure they are, and were created."
3. Honest plain words best pierce the ear of Grief.
4. Hail, sacred Peace, who claim'st thy bright abode "Mid circling saints who grace the throne of God.
A SCENE ON LAKE GEORGE.* — Club-room.
[In reading this exercise, the attention of the class may be directed more especially to the examples of monotone.]
1. About three weeks elapsed; and I again returned to visit the happy family, on the shore of this beautiful lake. My pulse beat high with expectation. My horse had not forgotten the' hospitality of the Burtons; and we rapidly approached these well-remembered scenes.
Questions. — What is monotone? Does it here mean a succession of sounds per, ectly similar? What is the rule for monotone? Read the examples.
* Lake George, a beautiful lake lying mostly in Warren County, N. T.
2. As I descended the last hill, and some time before I . reached the house, Rover, the large Newfoundland dog, came bounding along, with every demonstration of joy, to welcome^ my return. Upon entering the house, I was informed by the domestics, that the whole family were out enjoying an afternoon's sail.
3. Taking Rover with me, I strayed down to the neighborhood of their landing-place, and seated myself on a cliffy which overlooked the lake. The waters of Lake George are peculiarly transparent. From a boat, I have often looked out upon its pebbly bed, and thought I might easily have waded to the shore, when, in truth, I could not reach the bottom with my oar.
4. I sat wrapped in the dream of expectation, measuring the long ripple which the boat left upon the lake, and thinking whether the party could reach home before dusk. I turned toward the sun to judge from its height how many minutes the light of day had yet to live.
5. I was immediately struck by the uncommon richness of the white, fleecy cloud, which was rolling itself, volume upon volume, into a thousand wild, fantastic shapes. At the same moment, a small black cloud seemed suddenly to grow out of the mountain.
6. As it rose, it swelled and spread itself, like a pall, over the rich mass of vapors, effacing, one by one, the beauties of the gorgeous spectacle. The wind freshened from the east; but the thunder-cloud still steered against it, and sailed on in sullen majesty, like some dusky spirit, regardless, of the opposing element.
7. The sun was obscured; and a cold shade was thrown over the lake. The leaves rustled through the forest with a noise like the long roll of the ocean on some distant beach; and a dull, low moaning seemed to move upon the waters.
8. All nature portended one of those tremendous storms, which there, in seasons of the profoundest calm, pour in a moment out of the hollows of the surrounding mountains. I looked back anxiously for my friends. Their bark had neared the bay, and was gallantly cleaving the waves.
9. I thought I could distinguish Arthur at the helm, proudly steering his little treasure, fearful only for those whom he loved dearer than life. I waved my handkerchief; and it was answered.
10. The heavens were now completely overcast; the thunders rolled heavily, nearer and nearer; and big, round drops splashed, here and there, upon the water. Presently there was a blinding flash, and an explosion shaking the cliff to its very root.
11. The long, broken peal which followed, reverberated from crag to crag, and died away in the far distance. There was a momentary pause; — the gates of heaven were loosed; and the water fell in sheets, as if another lake was emptying itself from the sky.
12. I could just discern the little boat through the thick rain. In spite of the fury of the storm, it gained its way, and had already reached the entrance to its harbor. A few moments more, and it would be safe!
13. While I was yet looking at it, a sudden gust of wind rushed out of the west. The boat stopped for an instant, as if fixed to the spot; and then, with a slight tremulous motion, settled into the waves!
14. From a point below, Rover had sat watching its progress. He now set up a wild howl, and dashed into the water. I instinctively started up, ran down the cliff, leaping from point to point, — slipping among the rocks, — catching at the weeds and briers, which sprung out of the crevices; nor was it till I stood upon the very margin of the lake, that I reflected on the rashness of my design; for I was wholly unable to swim.
15. Eover, however, bore out stoutly from the shore, and had almost reached the spot ; but no trace of the boat could be seen! The torrents of rain ceased; and I could now clearly descry a human figure, emerging from the waves. It