The Art of Public Speaking HTML version
images in the course of your address for you will doubtless have all kinds of hearers. This plan will serve to
give variety and strengthen your effects by appealing to the several senses of each hearer, as well as
interesting many different auditors. For exercise, (a) give several original examples of compound images, and
(b) construct brief descriptions of the scenes imagined. For example, the falling of a bridge in process of
12. Read the following observantly:
The strikers suffered bitter poverty last winter in New York.
Last winter a woman visiting the East Side of New York City saw another woman coming out of a tenement
house wringing her hands. Upon inquiry the visitor found that a child had fainted in one of the apartments.
She entered, and saw the child ill and in rags, while the father, a striker, was too poor to provide medical help.
A physician was called and said the child had fainted from lack of food. The only food in the home was dried
fish. The visitor provided groceries for the family and ordered the milkman to leave milk for them daily. A
month later she returned. The father of the family knelt down before her, and calling her an angel said that she
had saved their lives, for the milk she had provided was all the food they had had.
In the two preceding paragraphs we have substantially the same story, told twice. In the first paragraph we
have a fact stated in general terms. In the second, we have an outline picture of a specific happening. Now
expand this outline into a dramatic recital, drawing freely upon your imagination.
[Footnote 29: Inquiries into Human Faculty.]
[Footnote 30: Consult any good rhetoric. An unabridged dictionary will also be of help.]
[Footnote 31: For a full discussion of the form see, The Art of Story-Writing, by J. Berg Esenwein and Mary