Handwriting and Mr. Darcy


I’m captivated by dip-handwriting, particularly calligraphy, copperplate, and script.
Whenever I pick up an antique book, the first thing I look for is the delicate looping font on the inside cover.


Recently I found this old book that teaches how to write that elegant scrolling script. It’s a textbook for a professional business course published in Portland, Oregon.

The Microsoft Office of 1926


It always seems so refined—like it would take a whole day and buckets of patience to write one letter.

And of course, letters written in this handwriting would be more romantic. Right?

...And who can think of ROMANTIC-writing without thinking of Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice



“How delighted Miss Darcy will be to receive such a letter!”

He made no answer.

“You write uncommonly fast.”

“You are mistaken. I write rather slowly.”

“How many letters you must have occasion to write in the course of the year! Letters of business, too! How odious I should think them!”

“It is fortunate, then, that they fall to my lot instead of to yours.”

“Pray tell your sister that I long to see her.”

“I have already told her so once, by your desire.”

“I am afraid you do not like your pen. Let me mend it for you. I mend pens remarkably well.”

“Thank you — but I always mend my own.”

“How can you contrive to write so even?”

He was silent.


A Colder-fish could be found only ice-fishing.

Have you dipped pen and inked, learned calligraphy or copperplate?


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