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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Capital to understanding Nerval's intent in Les Petits chateaux de Boheme is Brix's distinction between Boheme with circumflex accent, corresponding to the period of youth that preceded Nerval's serious entrance into the professional world, and Boheme in the traditional sense with grave accent, to which it was changed by many editors, belying Nerval's lifelong struggle to win recognition for his literary talents.
By placing a grave accent on the 'a' he misunderstands Gautier's 'L'art robuste/Seul a l'eternite' and 'au travail/Rebelle' means 'difficult to work' not 'when worked on'.
Brevini calls Consonni's poetry "breezy," as wide open as the grave accent on the e and o or the circumflex on the tonic vowel e, as in paoi vecc, or as in these three splendid lines from "Vecc" (Old Folks): "So la porta / i ginoecc / spungen ul vent, "which the author himself translates as "On the doorway / the knees / goad the wind."