The Idiot Part 1 Chapter 3 Page 31

fourteenth century. All these old abbots and bishops used to write most beautifully, with such taste and so much care and diligence. Have you no copy of Pogodin, general? If you had one I could show you another type. Stop a bit — here you have the large round writing common in France during the eighteenth century. Some of the letters are shaped quite differently from those now in use.

It was the writing current then, and employed by public writers generally. I copied this from one of them, and you can see how good it is. Look at the well-rounded a and d. I have tried to translate the French character into the Russian letters — a difficult thing to do, but I think I have succeeded fairly. Here is a fine sentence, written in a good, original hand — ‘Zeal triumphs over