The Art of Conversation, Vol. 1 of 3: In Three Parts Interspers'd With Many Foreign Proverbs, and Pleasant Stories; The Whole Fitted to Divert, . and Circumstance in Life (Classic Reprint)
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Título: The Art of Conversation, Vol. 1 of 3: In ...
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Excerpt from The Art of Conversation, Vol. 1 of 3: In Three Parts Interspers'd With Many Foreign Proverbs, and Pleasant Stories; The Whole Fitted to Divert, Instruct, and Entertain Person of Every Taste, Quality, and Circumstance in Life
Since Mankind was formed into Societies, and subjected to Government, mutual Intercourse, friendly Offices, Conversation and Good Neighborhood, have contributed as much to the Welfare of the Public in general, as to the Happiness of every individual Member thereof. Man is a conversible Creature, and delights in communicating his Thoughts and Concerns to those of his own Species; it is a fort of a Diminution of his Felicity, if he has not an Opportunity of sharing it with others; and he loses half the Burden of his Cares, Troubles and Afflictions, when some kind Friend takes Part with him by his Pity, Advice, or other Kinds of Relief, which may be in his Power to administer.
To enumerate all the Benefits and Advantages of Society; to specify the various Branches, and shew the Usefulness, the Topics, and Management of social Confidence and Conversation, would be to write a Treatise, and anticipate the Design of the following Work. Instead of which, let us hear the Account the Author himself gives, in his Proem, of the Occasion and Reasons of his writing this Piece, which was first published upwards of 160 Years ago.
He says, that his Duty requiring him to pay his Respects to his old Friend and Master, Lewis Gonzaga, Duke of Nevers, Lieutenant General of the most Christian King, Charles IX. then at Saluce, he found near his Person, his Brother William Guazzo, but reduced to so weak and low a Condition by the Severity of a Quartan Ague, that the Sight of him drew Tears from his Eyes. But not willing to discourage him, says this Writer his Brother, I put on a chearful Air, and gave him Hopes of recovering his Health, if he would but visit his Parents and Friends, who longed to see him at Rome; and where likewise he might have the Advice of some able Physician. Accordingly, some short Time after, the Duke coming to that City, to pay his Devoirs to his Cousin, the Princess Leonora of Austria, he took with him my Brother, and permitted him to stay with his Relations the Space of six Days.
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