If we advise, warn, promise or console,
it will be grave and dignified, modest if we express
fear or shame, bold in exhortation, precise in argument, full of modulations, suggestive of tears and
designedly muffled in appeals for pity, whereas in
digression it will be full and flowing, and will have
all the resonance that is characteristic of confidence;
in exposition of facts or conversations it will be
even and pitched half-way betwixt high and low.
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1922.
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