dose by

Ahmed Samir Darwish

Senior Member
In The Markenmore Mystery (1922) by J. S. Fletcher, the author describes a sexton and a detective in a churchyard during the digging of a tomb:
The sexton, a gnarled old fellow of apparently seventy, turned from his two diggers and gave the detective a knowing nod. He sat down on a box-tomb dose by, and pulling out a short clay pipe proceeded to light it.
What does "dose by" mean here?
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    I don't think it's the letter "d." I think it's probably the two letters "c l," as in "close by" (that is, near him). In some fonts "c l" look much like "d" when they are close together in small print.

    Cross-posted. If you are working with a scan that was converted to text by OCR, you can expect to find other similar scanning errors. In particular, the two letters "r n" often scan as the letter "m."
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