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  1. Thank you for great reading!

    I am no typographer, but I got an idea as to why the line breaks in your example might be as they are. Given the total space available, could it be that the typographer inserted breaks according to the contents of the text, that each line gets some sort of completeness? Obviously, “spinning” should have been on the previous line, and “I wish” should have been on the next, but that may simply be the character limit. It seems to me better to have “… and as she spun” / “she said to herself …” rather than “… and as she spun she” / “said to herself …”

    Any thoughts on this?

    • See my comment in small print at the end of the article. The fact that most of the examples are set with multiples of 32 characters suggests the answer. The typesetter was working witha linotype machine. see the excellent “Linotype:The Movie” for free on Amazon Prime.

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