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[4] If a speaker use them sparingly and only as occasion demands, they will serve as a seasoning to his style and [p. 445] increase its attractions. If, on the other hand, he strains after them overmuch, he will lose that very charm of variety which they confer. Some figures, however, are so generally accepted that they have almost ceased to be regarded as figures: consequently however frequently they may be used, they will make less impression on the ear, just because it has become habituated to them.

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