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Re: VMs: Re: Re: Inks and retouching

From: "Nick Pelling" <nickpelling@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: 23 July 2004 12:05

> In general, I think that many of your criticisms of Jorge's exposition are
> themselves weak. For example, on f1r-3 mark 4/5, the plumes are weakly
> inked but the letters themselves are strongly inked. To my eyes, that
> well point to a "Dumb Restorer" role - someone restoring the <ch>/w part
> but not the plume... doesn't sound much like the original author to me.

> Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

Somrtimes when people are producing handwritten documents such as personal
letters they will draw the t's and finish the word before applying the final
strokes to those t's. Even if through boredom the scribe simply left the
plumes until after finishing words or phrases then these could have been
lighter simply because of less ink to complete before reinking. Do not
underestimate boredom for producing different effects in writing style. The
process of text generation in the VMS would have been monotonous. Just for
the sake of keeping himself interested he might have employed a number of


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