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Hand 2
Current Manuscript:USA, San Marino, CA, Henry E. Huntington Library MS El 26 A.13
Sampled Folios:125r
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Usage: desolate
double compartment 'a' is used throughout.
Usage: al
sometimes the head of 'a' appears horned.
Usage: And
the scribe uses two forms of upper case 'A' on the folio examined.
Usage: An
the second and less-used version of upper case 'A' which is basically a larger version of the lower case form.
Usage: dredful
(first 'd') d's are all unlooped with curved stroke at the head to close off the lobe.
Usage: hadde
'd' in ligature with following 'e'.
Usage: daung(er)
Usage: Desolate
Usage: go
double compartment 'g' is used throughout. The upper compartment has a vertical alignment, the lower squashed compartment is horizontal.
Usage: daung(er)
'g' in final position with vertical tag attached and separate 'er' abbreviative mark above.
Usage: þynggis
the horizontal dash leaves the upper compartment at the top.
Usage: rightful
Usage: haue
'h' often has a short horizontal stroke at the left of the top of the stem.
Usage: hym
the shoulder turns before the limb descends in a slight curving stroke with the tail a mere hairline tag to finish.
Usage: worshiped
a fine tag at the lower end of the limb is the only 'tail'.
Usage: He
upper case 'H'.
Usage: grete
modern 'r' is used in all positions except after 'o'.
Usage: after
Usage: forsake
'z'-shaped 'r' is always used after 'o'. There is an otiose stroke descending at an angle from the lower left of the graph.
Usage: schal
a straight 's' with slight turn on the foot is used in initial and medial positions.
Usage: loueris
'8'-shaped 's' with horned head and straight tag angled upwards from the top of the graph is used in final position.
Usage: Confessyng
Usage: Synnyng
upper case 'S' with horizontal head and base strokes. The graph is bisected by a pair of parallel lines and washed with yellow.
Usage: worshiped
the 'w' graph is evenly formed. The limbs are upright and there is a 'B'-shaped element at the right.
Usage: Now
Usage: wt
Usage: What
the upper case graph is the same as the lower case one except perhaps for a slight extension in the length of the limbs.
Usage: wyndow
'y' is also consistently formed. The left limb is straight.
Usage: ys
the right limb is slightly angled before turning at a forty-five degree angle to join the left limb at the fork and continue as the tail-stroke.
Usage: lyvyng
the tail flicks counter-clockwise at the end.
Usage: Ys
Usage: þynggis
the lobe of thorn often extends the length of the stem.
Usage: þan
Usage: þt
Usage: Þ(er)fore
Upper Case Letters
Usage: The
Usage: Now
Usage: ffor
Usage: I
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