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Excerpt from A Minimum Course in RhetoricThis book, at one point or another, proceeds on the following assumptions:1. Rhetoric should aim at effective, respectable English - not at authorship.2. It should present nothing incomprehensible or notMoreExcerpt from A Minimum Course in RhetoricThis book, at one point or another, proceeds on the following assumptions:1. Rhetoric should aim at effective, respectable English - not at authorship.2. It should present nothing incomprehensible or not immediately applicable.3. Inspiration is less important than discipline - during the rhetoric year- for mechanical accuracy is gained only by discipline, and any consequent stiffness or artificiality can be outgrown.4. Theory should never overshadow practice.5. Long practice should be devoted to what requires expertness for its true mastery- less practice, to what requires mere knowledge.6. But there is a long step between correct knowledge and correct habits, and this step can be effected only by frequent writing and sharp penalty.7. The form of practice least burdensome to the teacher is much work in the exercises.8. But a theme of three or four hundred words should be written as often as once a week. From this there is no royal road of escape.9. The theme topic should be interesting to the pupil and well within his powers.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.