For my part while I realise that deliberative themes
do not require an exordium, for reasons which I have
already stated, I do not, however, understand why
they should open in such a wild and exclamatory
manner. When a man is asked to express his opinion
on any subject, he does not, if he is sane, begin to
shriek, but endeavours as far as possible to win the
assent of the man who is considering the question by
a courteous and natural opening.
Quintilian. With an English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1920.
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