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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1913. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... NERVES OF SYMPATHY NE NIGHT, during a theatrical performance, as I was standing with an actor friend in the wings of a DEGREES" DEGREES DEGREES theatre, a very pretty and clever young girl came off the stage. As soon as she passed out of sight of the audience she uttered a little exclamation of impatience: "Awful people!" she said. "They haven't any nerves." When the girl had passed up the corridor to her dressing-room, I turned to the actor beside me and I asked him what she had meant. He replied with a smile: "Oh, that's a little expression of hers. She often uses it. She means that those people aren't sympathetic and quick to catch on. They sit there like blocks of wood. They don't come prepared to appreciate the good points. So they can't establish any relation with the play or the actors." Since that time I have often thought of the expression, "They haven't any nerves." I have been surprised to find how aptly it applies to many people in life and how clearly it explains many situations. Whenever I go into a hall where I am to give a lecture I find myself glancing quickly over the faces in the audience for signs of nerves. As a rule, I see at once a few faces that appear to be sympathetic. Those people, I know, are likely to have nerves. Often as I go on talking I pick out certain of the faces and, scarcely realizing what I am doing, I speak to them. Other speakers have told me that they do the same thing. There are people that I see in audiences who cause me apprehension and dread. The mere sight of them suggests that they have no nerves. Often, I am sure, I do them a great injustice. The stolid, half-challenging, half-resentful look in their eyes may not really represent what is going on in their minds and in their sympathies. Most of all, in lectures, I fear childr...
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