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The mirror of the graces; or, the English lady's costume: combining and harmonizing taste and judgment, elegance and grace, modesty, simplicity and economy, with fashion in dress; and adapting the various articles of female embellishments to different ages, forms, and complexions; to the seasons of the year, rank, and situation in life: with useful advice on female accomplishments, politeness, and manners; the cultivation of the mind and the disposition and carriage of the body: offering also the most efficacious means of preserving beauty, health, and loveliness. The whole according with the general principles of nature and rules of propriety

Conclusion,   pp. 212-216

Page 213

the subject, that excessive rapidity of speaking
is, in general, even with a clear enunciation,
very disagreeable; but, when it is accompa-
nied with a shrill voice, high in alt, the effect
is then inexpressibly discordant and hideous.
The first orator the heathen world knew, so far
remedied the natural defects of his speech, (and
they were the most embarrassing) as to be-
come the most easy and persuasive of speak-
ers. In like manner, when a young woman
finds any difficulty or inelegance in her organs,
she ought to pay the strictest attention to rec-
tify the fault.
  Should she have too quick or encumbered an
articulation, she oughtto read with extreme slow-
ness, for several hours in the day, and even
pay attention in speaking to check the rapidity
or confusion of her utterance. By similar anti-
dotal means, she must attack a propensity of
talking in a high key. Better err in the op-
posite extreme, while she is prosecuting her
cure, as the voice will gradually and imper-
ceptibly attain its most harmonious pitch;
than, by at first attempting the medium, most
likely, retain too much of the screaming key.

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