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# Starting a paragraph with an over-sized letter

In older texts, such as in books of fairy tales, we sometimes see the first paragraph in a text starting with a huge letter, while the following text flows around it. This is called a drop cap or an initial. We will now use this design for our own text.

## How to do it...

We will use the lettrine package, which provides a command for this purpose. Follow these steps:

1. Start a document with any document class. Here, we chose the book class. We will use A6 paper size, simply because this makes the recipe easy to show with little text:
\documentclass{book}
\usepackage[a6paper]{geometry}
2. Load the lettrine package:
\usepackage{lettrine}
3. Begin the document:
\begin{document}
4. Start a paragraph with the command \lettrine{letter}{further ...

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