Examples for Module 3: Prose

4. Willa Cather: Roll Call on the Prairies

The following example is an excerpt from Willa Carther's Roll Call on the Prairies in The Red Cross Magazine, 1919. This prose account of life during the first World War in the plains of Nebraska is encoded in paragraphs. Page numbers occur in <pb/> tags, with the actual page number as the value of the @n attribute.
This example contains the encoding of a picture, with a heading, and a meta-description of the depicted scene. The actual digital representation of the picture is pointed to with the <graphic/> element, whose @url attribute carries the URL of the digital scan.
Note that in this example, a couple of things could have been further encoded. The foreign mail phrase could be identified with a <soCalled> tag; the fragment "And in this country... pride," could be encoded as direct speech with a <q> element, either with or without retaining the quotation marks in the actual transcription.
<p>Letters from the front usually reached our town on Saturday nights. The "foreign mail" had become a feature of life in Kansas and Nebraska. The letters came in bunches; if one mother heard from her son, so did half a dozen others. One could hear them chatting to each other about what Vernon thought of Bordeaux, or what Roy had to say about the farming country along the Oise, or how much Elmer had enjoyed his rest leave in Paris. To me, knowing the boys, nearly all of these letters were remarkable. The most amusing were those which made severe strictures upon American manners; the boys were afraid the French would think us all farmers! One complained that his comrades <pb n="29"/> <figure>
<graphic url="cat.nf007.fig1.jpg"/>
<head>Fifty dollars saved from egg money for a needed new dress and coat went for a Liberty Bond "to help fight Austria"</head>
<figDesc>Illustration of two women standing in a parlor, one the Liberty Bond canvasser and the other the woman of the house who buys a Liberty Bond with her egg money.</figDesc>
</figure> talked and pushed chairs about in the Y hut while the singers who came to entertain them were on the platform. "And in this country, too, the Home of Politeness! Some yaps have no pride," he wrote bitterly. I can say for the boys from our town that they wanted to make a good impression.</p>


[1] Based on a TEI P4 XML encoding of Jones, Malcolm (2006). British Printed Images to 1700, Print of the month, September 2006. London: Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College. Available online at http://bpi1700.cch.kcl.ac.uk/printsMonths/september2006.html.
[2] Based on TEI P4 XML encoding examples available in Muller, Charles, XML Technical Notes on the Yogācāra Bibliography. Accompanying documentation for the Yogācāra Buddhism Research Association. Available online at http://www.acmuller.net/yogacara/bibliography/bibnotes.html.
[3] Based on a TEI P4 XML encoding of Bronte, Emily (1847). Wuthering Heights. Encoded and made available by the University of Virginia Library, Text Collection at http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/BroWuth.html.
[4] Based on a TEI P4 XML encoding of Cather, Willa (1979). Roll Call on the Prairies. In: The Red Cross Magazine, 14 (July 1919): 27-31. Edited by Andrew Jewell. Lincoln: Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Available online at http://cather.unl.edu/nf007.html.
[5] Based on a TEI P4 XML encoding of Morgan, Eric Lease (1997). Clarence meets Alcuin; or, expert systems are still an option in reference work. In: P. Ensor (Ed.), The Cybrarian's manual (pp. 127-134). Chicago: American Library Association. Available online at http://infomotions.com/musings/clarence-meets-alcuin/index.shtml.
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