slave Trait- Art of Conversation

One of the things that Master and i have lamented on is the lost art of conversation. While watching a rather well done version of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ one of the overwhelming sentiments was how skillful the characters were at conversation. Whether the character was beloved or ill thought of could be found by how they conversed. Some understood the skill of a well placed phrase, correct grammar and enunciation as well as the perfect balance between being learned and witty without being overbearing and obnoxious. At one point the ability to converse (and not merely discuss) was a prized skill set. It seems now that with our hasty society and informal speech patterns we have lost something precious.

In this vein that i offer the following websites, quotes etc; as potential sources for learning, practicing and perhaps honing this skill set, as well as an example or two of what not to do. There are also books that can be utilized in this regard.


      â€œConversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood”
 William Shakespeare quotes


The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively but says nothing.
People love to talk but hate to listen. Listening is not merely not talking, though even that is beyond most of our powers; it means taking a vigorous, human interest in what is being told us. You can listen like a blank wall or like a splendid auditorium where every sound comes back fuller and richer.