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SCHOOL DIALOGUES;

OR,

DRAMATIC SELECTIONS,

FOR THE USE OF

SCHOOLS, ACADEMIES, AND FAMILIES.

DESIGNED TO FURNISH EXERCISES

EITHER FOR

READING, RECITATION, OR EXHIBITION.

By JOHN E. LOVELL,

AUTHOR OF

LOVELL'S UNITED STATES SPEAKER, LOVELL'S SERIES OF READERS, ETO.

A NEW EDITION, REVISED AND ENLARGED.

NEW YORK:
COLLINS & BROTHER, PUBLISHERS,

370 BROADWAY.

8955

1899

1871 Educ left

EDUCATION DEPT.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871, by

COLLINS & BROTHER, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

PREFACE.

"Tis not enough the voice be sound and clear,
'Tis modulation that must charm the ear.
The critic's sight, ’tis only grace can please,
No action charms us, if it have not ease.—LLOYD.

This book of Dialogues was promised to the public two or three years ago.

I had then prepared a considerable portion of its contents, and expected, shortly, to “put it to press.” The long interval which has elapsed, has been checkered with important and unexpected duties, which, together with a desire to render the work as interesting and appropriate as possible, must be my apology to those gentlemen who have honored me with letters of inquiry respecting it. My principal inducement for undertaking the labor and responsibility of this compilation, is the almost constant application to me for pieces for exhibitions, from teachers. not only of this, but, indeed, of other States; and the fact that the publishers have, now, before the work " is through the press.” numerous orders from different parts of the country;-assures me that such a work is much needed, and, if well executed. will be well received. My experience satisfies me. that there is no better medium of cultivating a beautiful and captivating style of elocvtron, -r a more graceful, just, and impressive action, than the empiryment of dialogues. Nor is there any species of recitation that young folks so much delight in. The ardor and enthusiasm it inspires in their youthful breasts. is absolutely astonishi'g. The work will be found to possess great variety and copiousness. I have aimed at the double purpose of supplying exercises for the regular lessons of the school-room and interesting materials for occasional exhibitions. The latter object has demanded selections of considerable length. Many of the longer pieces, however, are admissible of division, and the taste of the teacher will easily determine the fit and appropriate limits. I have drawn from the most popular writers, also, not only such selections as are

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