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Unformatted text preview: s our pity when it happens to others. Further, since it is
when the sufferings of others are close to us that they excite our pity (we cannot remember
what disasters happened a hundred centuries ago, nor look forward to what will happen a
hundred centuries hereafter, and therefore feel little pity, if any, for such things): it follows
that those who heighten the effect of their words with suitable gestures, tones, dress, and
dramatic action generally, are especially successful in exciting pity: they thus put the
disasters before our eyes, and make them seem close to us, just coming or just past.
Anything that has just happened, or is going to happen soon, is particularly piteous: so too
therefore are the tokens and the actions of sufferers- the garments and the like of those who
have already suffered; the words and the like of those actually suffering- of those, for
instance, who are on the point of death. Most piteous of all is it when, in such times of trial,
the victims are persons of noble character: whenever they are so, our pity is especially
excited, because their innocence, as well as the setting of their misfortunes before our eyes,
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