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THE AET OF SPEAKING AND READING.
92. Kind of Voices.—Different kinds of voices are used in speech. The ordinary conversational voice is often regarded as the natural voice; it is, however, seldom free from defects. A pleasant, musical, conversational voice is a most valuable asset; but however richly the speaker may be endowed by Nature, it is possible to improve the voice by bringing into prominence the good qualities and removing the defects. How many possessing pleasant conversational voices are able to preserve that pleasantness when using the more dramatic voice in teaching, lecturing, or acting, unless they have had some voice training! How many quite brilliant conversationalists find themselves ill at ease when addressing large audiences before they have learned the rudiments of public speaking! In order to be heard they shout in a high key. Yoice-production teaches that the greater the need of audibility the longer must the vowel sounds be dwelt upon, and the more precise and accurate must be the articulations. The dramatic speaker dwells much longer upon his vowel sounds than does the mechanical speaker ; elevated thoughts, graphic and pictorial illustrations, and passionate appeal are made clear and impressive by a