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A, the first letter of the English and most other alphabets, is frequently used as an abbreviation, (q.v.) and also in the marks of schedules or papers, as schedule A, B, C, &c. Among the Romans this letter was used in criminal trials. The judges were furnished with small tables covered with wax, and each one inscribed on it the initial letter of his vote; A, when he voted to absolve the party on trial; C, when he was for condemnation; and N L, (non liquet) when the matter did not appear clearly, and be desired a new argument.

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Finally, in his last years, he devoted himself almost entirely to the theatre, most memorably perhaps in his two Greek productions, especially The Faithful Shepherdess, a magical evocation of Arcadia in the Surrey woods, with a Greek chariot pulled by splendidly-caparisoned oxen and a colossal statue of Pan, round which (as a faded photograph shows) the chorus circled in a way reminiscent of the Italian students dancing in a ring round Jim Stirling at the Venice Biennale in 1991.