The Art of Instructing the Infant Deaf and Dumb

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Taylor and Hessey, 1819 - British Sign Language - 272 pages
The art of instructing the infant deaf and dumb -- Method of educating mutes of a more mature age, which has been practiced with so much success on the continent by the Abbé de l'Epée.

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Page 86 - Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, Is the immediate jewel of their souls : Who steals my purse, steals trash ; 'tis something, nothing ; 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands : But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him, And makes me poor indeed, Oth.
Page 191 - Bossuet termed a created Trinity. In God there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. The Father is not the Son, neither is he the Holy Ghost. The Son is not the Father; neither is he the Holy Ghost. Lastly, the Holy Ghost is not the Father; nor yet the Son.
Page 135 - To express a thing past he used to throw bis arm backwards and forwards towards his shoulder without rule : we tell him he must throw it only once for the imperfect, twice for the perfect, and three times for the past perfect, which in truth is analogous to what it signifies, the past perfect announcing an action longer past than the perfect, and the latter being in the same predicament with regard to the imperfeet.
Page 215 - a stranger came to our public lesson, and offering me a Spanish book, he said that it would be a real service to the owner if I would purchase it. I answered, that as I did not understand the language it would be totally useless to me: but opening it casually, what should I see but the manual alphabet of the Spaniards neatly executed in copper-plate ! I wanted no further...
Page 133 - ... signs he learns again in our lessons, by which to indicate the present of a verb. " Did he design to signify that an action is past? He tossed his hand carelessly two or three times over his shoulder : these signs we adopt to characterize the past tenses of a verb. "And lastly, when it was his intent to announce a future action, he projected his right hand : here again is a sign we give him to represent the future of a verb. " It is now time to call in art to the assistance of nature. " Having...
Page 132 - The pupil, though deaf and dumb, had, like us, an idea of the past, the present, and the future, before he was placed under our tuition, and was at no loss for signs to manifest the difference. Did he mean to express a present action ? He made a sign, prompted by nature, which we all make in the same case, without being conscious of it, and which consists in appealing to the eyes of the spectators to witness the presence of our operation ; but if the action did not take place in his sight, he laid...
Page 92 - Whenever we heard these sounds, the same ideas arose in oar minds, because we recollected the signs made to us when they were pronounced. ' Exactly similar must be our measures with the Deaf and Dumb. Their tuition commences with teaching them a manual alphabet, such as...
Page 95 - I carry it under my arm in the skirts of my gown, on my shoulder, on my head and on my back, walking all the while with the mien of a person bearing a load. None of these motions escape his observation.
Page 74 - ... no sensation of pleasure. But the most extraordinary circumstance in this case is, that he was most evidently delighted with those passages in which the composer displayed his science in modulating the different keys.
Page 73 - I cannot remember, came down into this country, and resided some months in Warrington in the exercise of his profession as a miniature and portrait painter. He was quite deaf, so as to be entirely dumb. He had been taught to write, and wrote an elegant hand, in which he was enabled to express his own ideas with facility ; he was also able to read and understand the ideas of others expressed in writing. It will scarcely be credited that a person thus circumstanced should be fond of music, out this...

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