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  Chapter 1: The Manor House

Charles hadn’t visited the manor house since Easter, 1955, and now he remembered why]]><del><add><gap/></add></del>

“Hullo”, he called out as he walked up the drive, and then, as if to himself, “To be or not to be?, to walk or not to walk, to talk ]]><surplus reason="intent_to_delete"></surplus>not to talk...oh, hang it all!” His meditation on Hamlet was interrupted as he collided with a peacock. “Sacré bleu!” he ]]><subst>exclaimedcried]]></subst>It was going to be a long week. His catalog of irritations included: 1. The weather 2. The peacocks 3. His meagre grasp of French 4. ]]><unclear><supplied></supplied></unclear>

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We have already discussed handwritten additions and deletions, but we can say more than just text was added or text was deleted with these elements. By nesting add inside del we can say that the text here was added and then later deleted. We can also use the gap element to specify that the added text was rendered illegible by the deletion.

Sometimes, when you are encoding a text there may be words that are redundant or unnecessary. In this example, we as readers can tell that the whole phrase to talk or not to talk is meant to be deleted. However, the word or is not fully deleted. Instead of overly asserting ourselves as editors by adding the or to the del element, we can use the surplus element. This element indicates our belief that the or should be deleted, while still accurately representing what the cross-out does, graphically.

We can also see in this example a few more instances of the subst, damage, and unclear we discussed in the basic manuscript encoding tutorial.

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