13.10b Blank lines in letters.

Blank lines are left in braille letters between segments that are not distinguished by margin indentions. When a letter is written in semiblock form, as in the illustration above and the following exercise, the only place a blank line is needed in braille is between the inside address and the salutation.

If a letter is written in full block form (without any indentions) and all segments start at the left margin, the same should be done in braille. In order to enable a braille reader to distinguish the different segments of the letter, just as in print a blank line is left between the inside address and the salutation, the salutation and the first paragraph, and between following paragraphs. A blank line is also left between the last line of the body of the letter and the closing. If there are writer's initials and/or a notice of enclosures followed by a postscript, a blank line should separate the two.


Prepare the following letter for submission to the instructor. Use the first line of each page for the running head LESSON 13 and the page number, as usual. A blank line should be left on the first page between the running head and the heading.

745 16th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20006

Mr. J. W. Wetherby
116 Crumpet St.
London W2N 6AA England

Dear Jim,

Shortly after 10 a.m., Feb. 5th, the SS Tubb reached the good old U.S.A. with me and the Mrs. on board. We were treated to the very best weather the Atlantic has to offer, i.e., wind, rain and fog, with the temperature dropping to 5ºF at times. However, the unpleasantness was greatly mitigated by the fact that we became acquainted with many interesting people. Allow me, for instance, to introduce you to Dr. Wm. Windham. (The Dr. is for Ph.D., not M.D.) Windy, as he was familiarly known to his fellow passengers, was formerly head of the Phys. Ed. Dept. of an obscure institution in New Haven, Conn., but was recently induced to contribute his talents to the improvement of NYUers. His specialty is the improvement of health through breath control and Yoga, and being a typical absent-minded prof. we jokingly told him that we feared we might someday find him turning blue in the face from having forgotten to resume breathing.

Also on board were an AFL-CIO official from Texas with an LL.D. from T. C. U. (c1970) and a D.Litt from UCLA and a Conservative M. P. from somewhere in Sussex, whose father had served with Eisenhower at S.H.A.E.F. during the 2d World War. These two were constantly engaged in interminable arguments over the UN and NATO. A third passenger would sometimes join in these discussions. He was a retired AT&T executive who often reminisced about F.D.R. and recalled how he had OKd the WPA projects.

Further diversion was provided by a comedian who had performed on several TV networks including ABC and NBC. His wife was more interested in her lineage than in comedy and frequently reminded us of her membership in the DAR.

I will finish this account in a later letter as I must start packing. The Mrs. and I are taking off for Florida for a month of rest in the sun. Until the first of May address your letters to me c/o Gen. H. G. Fairweather, 1210 St. Augustine Rd., W. Palm Beach, FL 33401. Telephone no.: 305-743-6262.

Cordially yours,
Ed Goodman


P.S. 4/10/72. You can thank a sudden change in the weather for the fact that you are finally receiving this letter. Since arriving here in Fla., the temperature has been in the 70s and 80s, until last night, when it began turning colder about 10 p.m.; and early this a.m. the thermometer on our veranda registered 45o (F). I was forced to dig out my coat, and lo and behold! there in the pocket was your letter still unmailed.

Our trip down was remarkably fast—2 hr., 20 min. Not bad for a 1200 mi. jaunt, wouldn't you say? We were able to hitch a ride on an old B-52 that was being flown to Fla. to be used in training missions.

Gen. Fairweather has a beautiful and comfortable house with a large swimming pool that measures 20'6" by 40'. The only disturbing factor which somewhat interferes with my rest and quiet is a constantly barking dog that has the bark of a Great Dane but is about 20 ins. long and weighs all of 2# soaking wet!

I am proud to say that I will soon be able to type my own letters. While I was in England I began taking a correspondence course in typing—at the exorbitant cost of £495, 10% off for cash. I am now struggling with the intricacies of &, @, $, and °. After next month I will no longer need the services of a secretary.

Remember our conversation about the Japanese ¥? If you will check page C6, §4 of last Sunday's paper, you will see that it is on the rebound. Even so, I'll stick with investing in the good ol' US$ and/or the British £.

The wife and I are considering taking a trip to France and Belg. next spring. Would you be interested in joining us? Perhaps we could rent a BMW and do Europe in style. Eh, what?

Cheerio, old bean, E.G.G.