If these words had been spoken by some easy, self-indulgent exhorter, from whose mouth they might have come merely as pious and rhetorical
flourish, proper to be used to people in distress, perhaps they might not have had much effect; but coming from one who daily and calmly risked fine and imprisonment for the cause of God and man, they had a weight that could not but be felt, and both the poor, desolate fugitives found calmness and strength breathing into them from it.
And the third of these speech-improving Bells, the inventor of the telephone, inherited the peculiar genius of his fathers, both inventive and rhetorical
, to such a degree that as a boy he had constructed an artificial skull, from gutta-percha and India rubber, which, when enlivened by a blast of air from a hand-bellows, would actually pronounce several words in an almost human manner.
Indeed, though Indians are generally very lofty, rhetorical
, and figurative in their language at all great talks, and high ceremonials, yet, if trappers and traders may be believed, they are the most unsavory vagabonds in their ordinary colloquies; they make no hesitation to call a spade a spade; and when they once undertake to call hard names, the famous pot and kettle, of vituperating memory, are not to be compared with them for scurrility of epithet.
All the chief actors being of a worldly importance, the barristers were well balanced; the prosecutor for the Crown was Sir Walter Cowdray, a heavy, but weighty advocate of the sort that knows how to seem English and trustworthy, and how to be rhetorical
He paused awhile, and then went on with one of those strange bursts of rhetorical
eloquence that Zulus sometimes indulge in, which to my mind, full though they are of vain repetitions, show that the race is by no means devoid of poetic instinct and of intellectual power.
If I am rhetorical
it is because Stroeve was rhetorical
He leaned back cautiously, for the chair on which he sat had a ricketty leg, and it was disconcerting when a rhetorical
flourish was interrupted by a sudden fall to the floor.
It was always a very rhetorical
and often a trying affair, but in these progressive times you have to make a noise to get a living.
She delivered herself of an harangue in which she asked a great many rhetorical
questions and answered them with a little bang of one fist upon another.
That sense of a life in natural objects, which in most poetry is but a rhetorical
artifice, was, then, in Wordsworth the assertion of what was for him almost literal fact.
Others of Lyly's affectations are rhetorical
questions, hosts of allusions to classical history, and literature, and an unfailing succession of similes from all the recondite knowledge that he can command, especially from the fantastic collection of fables which, coming down through the Middle Ages from the Roman writer Pliny, went at that time by the name of natural history and which we have already encountered in the medieval Bestiaries.
This volume, part of the Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, publishes a second volume (with eight papers) of presentations from a workshop on the theme, all of which seek to advance the study of texts, coherence, and rhetorical
structure in their various forms.