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SOUND AND MUSIC.
CHAPTER I.
ON SOUND IN GENERAL AND THE MODE OF ITS TRANS­MISSION.
1. In listening to a sound, all that we are im­mediately conscious of is a peculiar sensation. This sensation obviously depends on the action of our organs of hearing; for if we close our ears the sen­sation is greatly weakened, or, if originally but feeble, altogether extinguished. Persons whose auditory apparatus is malformed, or has been destroyed by disease, may be totally unconscious of any sound, even during a thunder-storm or the discharge of artillery. It would be entirely in accordance with the mode of action of our other senses if what we feel as Sound is represented, externally to our­selves, by a state of things very different to the sensation we experience. Analogy, then, indicates
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