Friday, September 26, 2008
ELOCUTION -- USE OF THE LIMBS
A page from an elocution manual, c. 1855, showing placement of the limbs and head, with sample lines.
It was as important to use the space above the shoulders as to use the middle space (by the torso) or lower. The feet and legs are in a modified fourth position, with weight on back leg; also, the head turns according to meaning of sentence (generally, to face the dominant hand, but averting the face is appropriate for shame, hatred, etc.).