How Mark Twain Used Today’s Evocative Word – DEMEANOR – to get ’em evocating!
SOURCE: New York World Interview, November 20 1884
( For more detail see What Mark Twain Learned Me ’bout Public Speakin’)
“Audiences have their peculiarities, you know. It is a great inspiration to find a particular individual fairly respond to you as if you were in telegraphic communication with him. You are tempted to address yourself solely to him. I’ve tried that experiment. Sometimes it is dangerous. Laughter is very infectious, and when you see a man give one big guffaw you begin to laugh with him in spite of yourself. Now, it will not do for the lecturer to laugh. His is a grave and serious business however it might strike the audience. His DEMEANOR should be grave and serious. He should not even smile.“
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