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The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Raven Edition Volume 1

THE GOLD-BUG

page 19 of 24 | page 1 | The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Volume 1

Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

"You observe there are no divisions between the words. Had there been divisions, the task would have been comparatively easy. In such case I should have commenced with a collation and analysis of the shorter words, and, had a word of a single letter occurred, as is most likely, (a or I, for example,) I should have considered the solution as assured. But, there being no division, my first step was to ascertain the predominant letters, as well as the least frequent. Counting all, I constructed a table, thus:

Of the character 8 there are 33.

; " 26. 4 " 19.

) " 16.

* " 13.

5 " 12.

6 " 11.

1 " 8.

0 " 6.

9 2 " 5.

: 3 " 4.

? " 3.

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