'a' may have an oval compartment as here or a more squarish one as in version 2.
when 'a' is in initial position the lead-in to the left stroke is sometimes visible below the hairline connecting stroke.
upper case 'A' from the rubric between tales. This is the basic shape for the scribe's upper case letter.
here 'A' has a looped addition to the left of the head of the graph.
the most usual shape for 'd' with pointed lobe and elegant arched ascender. When in final position, 'd' is usually accompanied by an exaggerated otiose flourish.
the scribe occasionally uses a looped 'd' more usually when 'd' is the final letter in a word. The loop arches back over several graphs.
display script of the scribe which begins tales and prologues.
the scribe's very distinctive 'hooked g'.
'g' in the hand of the scribe in the rubric. The familiar hook is seen at the extremity of the tail-stroke and horizontal extension with long descending tag attached.
upper case 'G' tipped with red ink.
the limb of 'h' sits on the line with almost no tail-stroke at all.
where the scribe has sufficient space, as here at the end of a line with no text above, he extends the stem of 'h'.
upper case 'H'.
the first word of the folio hence an even more elaborate 'H'.
'z'-shaped 'r' used most of the time in all positions both with and without curving otiose stroke.
modern 'r' used occasionally. The stem of 'r' is gently curved and the shoulder stroke leaves the stem near the top.
Usage: somer rod
'z'-shaped 'r' ends one word and begins another.
sigma 's' always used in final position with otiose stroke characteristic of this hand.
long 's' is used initially and medially. The letter is very similar to the scribe's 'f' and is almost always a split stroke with open space between the main stroke and hairline connector at the top of the letter. Long 's' rarely descends far below the line.
upper case 'S' in couchant position within the text.
the first letter of a stanza and much more like a modern 'S'.
'w' within the text is consistently this shape.
upper case letter at the beginning of a line with arching approach stroke beginning beneath the body of the letter itself.
upper case 'W' with strapwork decoration to begin a new tale.
display script of the scribe for the opening line.
the scribe uses two forms of 'y'. In this example the tail is in the form of a wavy line extending below the body of the letter. This is the form used most frequently. The letter either has a curved stroke above as in this example, a dot, or nothing at all.
the scribe also uses a more conventional 'y' with tail curving to the right usually as a fine hairline stroke.
the first word of a line.
a word in the introductory rubric.
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an elaborate form of 'B' which resembles a yogh with a number 2 attached at the front.
arched left arm of 'V' with hooked foot shaped as in the hook on the end of the tail of 'g'.
elaborate upper case 'P' in the rubric.
yogh is used at whim. In some places it occurs in clusters, in others, where one might expect the use of yogh, the scribe does not use it.
as final letter in the word it attracts the usual otiose attachment.