double compartment 'a' used throughout Scribe D's manuscripts.
the upper compartment is usually smaller than the lower compartment.
one example of this scribe's many upper case 'A's. This 'A' is often the preferred graph in glosses, particularly for 'Amans' in Confessio manuscripts.
a more usual example of 'A'.
'd' with open centre, a frequent feature of some Scribe D manuscripts.
looped 'd' is used throughout.
the lower lobe may be rounded as here or more angular.
the '2'-shaped element is always in evidence preceding 'D' and 'B' graphs.
Scribe D always uses double compartment 'g'. The upper compartment is usually more rounded in aspect, the lower compartment has more of a horizintal spread, often resulting in a triangular splay.
final 'g' is sometimes tagged. See Wild Letter 3 for more examples of tagged graphs.
'g' with 'ra' abbreviative mark above.
'h' is usually neatly formed with tail contained below the body of the graph.
Scribe D writes well above the line in this manuscript and many of the graphs, even tailed ones, sit on the line.
'h' with counter-clockwise turn at the end of the tail.
long 'r' is used throughout in this manuscript in all positions.
'r' in final position with flourish perhaps for a missing 'e'.
the fork of 'r' is below the level of the base of surrounding graphs.
sigma 's' as well as long 's' are used in initial positions.
kidney-shaped 's' is used in final position.
long 's' is also used in medial positions.
Scribe D's 'w's are neatly formed and the middle loop usually stands above the level of the elements preceding and following.
an open head to the top of the second limb.
the tail of 'y' is variable in length.
the left limb of 'y' tends to be almost vertical.
here the tail of 'y' sits on the line.
|Thorn and Yogh|
thorn is used frequently in all the usual words but also replaces 'th' at times.
on the folios examined yogh is used to represent the 'y' sound and also for the 'z' sound as represented in version 4.
|Upper Case Letters|
Scribe D's upper case letters almost always conform to a pattern. The loop of the body of 'T' resolves on the middle vertical stroke and is rarely left open.
the stroke in the interior of 'P' is usually curved, as here.
'I' often has a short lead-in stroke joining the stem very near the head. There is almost always a single protuberance to the left of the stem.
Scribe D has at least two forms of 'N'. This one is used rarely but does occur in the same word in his two Canterbury Tales manuscripts.
in some of Scribe D's manuscripts tags occur frequently on 't' and 'k'. In this manuscript tagged letters do occur but they are not ubiquitous.