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moved: if he maybe, then anger him, but with-v

out ofi'ence ; you cannot wish for a greater

advantage than his passion will give you ;' for anger, in dispute, is like an unquiet horse in a

dusty way, — it raises so much dust in the eyes

of the understanding, that it blinds it, and puts

it out. It will lay the enraged disputant so open,

that you may hit him where you please, and he cannot put by one fallacy. Besides, many have overcome by suffering the enemy to beat himself out of breath. But if you would render yourself pleasing to any person you have a mind to oblige, propose then such a subject as you know he is very well skilled in, most men being desirous and pleased to show their own excellency; and you will not lose by it neither, for the experienced soldier shall tell you more of the art of war, and a well-practised lawyer of a judged case in law, in half an hour, than all the books of both professions can teach you in a month, if perhaps, at all. Again, if you have a desire to make a show of yourself, to discourse of that you are best known in, take heed of rushing or breaking in upon it: it will appear pedantical, and discover an afi‘ectation which you should carefully avoid;

‘ the slight of this must be by degrees, approaches,

and goings about to steal upon the argument, and draw some of the company insensibly to begin it. To shut up this particular, take notice,

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