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think ourselves safe from them. It follows therefore that fear is felt by those who believe
something to be likely to happen to them, at the hands of particular persons, in a particular
form, and at a particular time. People do not believe this when they are, or think they a are,
in the midst of great prosperity, and are in consequence insolent, contemptuous, and
reckless- the kind of character produced by wealth, physical strength, abundance of friends,
power: nor yet when they feel they have experienced every kind of horror already and have
grown callous about the future, like men who are being flogged and are already nearly dead if they are to feel the anguish of uncertainty, there must be some faint expectation of escape.
This appears from the fact that fear sets us thinking what can be done, which of course
nobody does when things are hopeless. Consequently, when it is advisable that the audience
should be frightened, the orator must make them feel that they really are in danger of
something, pointing out that it has happened to others who were stronger than they are, and
is happening, or has happened, to people like themselves, at the hands of unexpected peop...
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