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|L&T question: Writing letters in a chessboard-pattern
Written by MarianneR
(4/13/2008 10:51 a.m.)
"...only two pages, you see, hardly two, and in general she fills the whole paper and crosses half. My mother often wonders that I can make it out so well. She often says...'Well, Hetty, now I think you will be put to it to make out all that chequer-work'"
In the footnote of my translation it says that in JA´s time it was popular to write letters in a "chessboard-pattern", which meant that you wrote right across over the allready written text.
Now my question is wether there is an example to be seen as I can hardly imagine how a text written over by another text can be deciphered at all...
The other thing I ponder on is whether writing paper really was so expensive. Or is there another reason for writing such illegible letters?
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