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tion, etc. This restful manner of speech has a powerful
effect upon the hearer. It is far more effective than the
stringing out of long and wordy sentences. Let the reader
try it, and he will soon discover this unforced and restful
tone for himself.

" The stammerer need have no fear of carrying this repose and
relaxation to excess. The hearer will certainly not find the
manner displeasing. And even if this were not the case, the
stammerer has to consider himself, and not the hearer. Every
speaker has his idiosyncrasies, so why should the patient not
have his?  especially as his happens to be the most natural
in the world. The patient always has the right (and no reason-
ing person will gainsay it) to consider himself in the first place,
and also himself in the second, third, and fourth; and last of
all to consider the hearer just a little. The stammerer should
make the most abundant use of this privilege. And let me once
more emphasize the fact that this restful and unhurried speech
always strikes the hearer pleasantly." x

And when the stammerer experiences fear or antici-
pates difficulty, 

"Let him concentrate his whole thought simply and solely
upon the task of living that moment with the greatest possible
repose and well-being. Let him relax the muscles of the arms,
and as far as possible the muscles of the legs and other parts
of the body,  meanwhile permitting the resultant feeling of
comfort to come well to the fore in consciousness. Let the
stammerer  if he finds it agreeable  slowly raise his hand and
stroke it across his face. Let him yawn while performing the
act, and then draw a few slow and deep breaths to intensify
his feeling of restfulness and indifference. When this feeling

1 Loc cit., pp. 135-138.