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Unformatted text preview: arly in political oratory, but also in lawsuits, it adds much to an orator's influence
that his own character should look right and that he should be thought to entertain the right
feelings towards his hearers; and also that his hearers themselves should be in just the right
frame of mind. That the orator's own character should look right is particularly important in
political speaking: that the audience should be in the right frame of mind, in lawsuits. When
people are feeling friendly and placable, they think one sort of thing; when they are feeling
angry or hostile, they think either something totally different or the same thing with a
http://classics.mit.edu/Aristotle/rhetoric.2.ii.html Seite 1 von 20 The Internet Classics Archive | Rhetoric by Aristotle 01.09.12 23:10 different intensity: when they feel friendly to the man who comes before them for
judgement, they regard him as having done little wrong, if any; when they feel hostile, they
take the opposite view. Again, if they are eager for, and have good hopes of, a thing that will
be pleasant if it happens, they think that it certainly will happen and be good for them:
whereas if they are indifferent or annoyed, they do not think so.
There are th...
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