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Cover of: Conversation by Mary Greer Conklin
About the Book

The aim and design of conversation is, therefore, pleasure. This agreed, we can determine its elements. Conversation, above all, is dialog, not monolog. It is a partnership, not an individual affair. It is listening as well as talking. Monopolizing tyrants of society who will allow no dog to bark in their presence are not conversationalists; they are lecturers. There are plenty of people who, as Mr. Benson says, "possess every qualification for conversing except the power to converse." There are plenty of people who deliver one monolog after another and call their talk conversation. The good conversationalists are not the ones who dominate the talk in any gathering. They are the people who have the grace to contribute something of their own while generously drawing out the best that is in others. They hazard topics for discussion and endeavor each to give to the other the chance of enlarging upon them. Conversation is the interchange of ideas; it is the willingness to communicate thought on all subjects, personal and universal, and in turn to listen to the sentiments of others regarding the ideas advanced.

Classifications

Library of Congress BJ2121 .C6

3 editions First published in 1912

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Cover of: Conversation
1912, Funk & Wagnalls company
Conversation
in English
Cover of: Conversation
1912, Funk & Wagnalls company
Conversation
in English
Cover of: Conversation
2009, The Floating Press
Conversation
eBook in English

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