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him or not; and to whom the casual ready-to-hand audience of common folk gathered round him (some arranging themselves comfortably on the causeway and kennel side, to listen, as folk do on a quay at Venice or Chiozza to follow the talc of a story­teller), sufficed for the contentment of the modest wants of his vanity. In his preluding or fancy-work, a sort of wild gloss and comment on some simple group of notes, there rarely failed to be odd, unexpected touches of harmonic modulation; but when he struck off into a more regular melody, such as the one here noted—
or when he engaged in a dance tune, not only was his feeling for accent.in itself excellent and pro­vocative (and a feeling for accent is a thing which great artists have laboured to acquire, and have died without acquiring), but it seemed incited, and fed, and sharpened, by the pungent sound of the strings,
and the thrum of the hand on the sounding-board,
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