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And all the while those who write in the book of fate had penned the last decree.

They penned me up here with these saintly mothers and these angelic children.

Truly they were penned by wisdom itself; none but God could have done the like.

Not even from Valentina could he hope for mercy, so incriminating was the note he had penned.

He turned to the last paragraph he had penned and re-read it.

The Major promised to send his servant over with the reply, which I penned at once.

His first letters from the East were penned at Harper's Ferry.

More, the four lines comprising it had been penned, not typed.

It seems to have been at this point of time that the letter was penned.

You just can't keep 'em penned in, and you can't keep 'em barred out.

WORD ORIGIN

"writing implement," late 13c., from Old French pene "quill pen; feather" (12c.) and directly from Latin penna "a feather, plume," in plural "a wing," in Late Latin, "a pen for writing," from Old Latin petna, pesna, from PIE *pet-na-, suffixed form of root *pet- "to rush; to fly" (see petition (n.)).

Latin penna and pinna "a feather, plume;" in plural "a wing;" also "a pinnacle; battlement" (see pin (n.)) are treated as identical in Watkins, etc., but regarded as separate (but confused) Latin words by Tucker and others, who derive pinna from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (cf. spike (n.1)) and see the "feather/wing" sense as secondary.

In later French, this word means only "long feather of a bird," while the equivalent of English plume is used for "writing implement," the senses of the two words thus are reversed from the situation in English. Pen-and-ink (adj.) is attested from 1670s. Pen name is recorded from mid-19c.

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