To obtain a more pleasant effect
The letter that is written remains

Inkdrops

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Ornamental Calligraphy Alphabet; 8th and 9th Centuries; Anglo-Saxon (Delamotte, F.: “Ornamental Alphabets, Ancient and Mediæval,” 1879) [image via fromoldbooks.org]

I am tired, Beloved,
of chafing my heart against
the want of you;
of squeezing it into little inkdrops,
And posting it.
    ~ Amy Lowell, "The Letter"

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