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Benjamin Jowett: Art of Conversation

"One day

[Benjamin Jowett, Master of Balliol College, Oxford] and a pupil had taken a long walk together. At the offset, the undergraduate made various laudable efforts at starting subjects of conversation, but finding that they were received with absolutely no comment, or only an inarticulate little sound suggestive of nothing, he too relapsed into silence, which was maintained unbroken till the end of the walk, when with irrelevant geniality Mr Jowett remarked, 'You must cultivate the art of conversation. Good morning!'"

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