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  1. If anyone happens to read these chapters and translates any of these chapters into English, please post your translations. If there was ever a key for this book, it will be difficult to find. We are fortunate that a copy of this book was found. There was not a single pencil mark or torn page. It seems like the book was never used. 146 pages in shorthand was very ambitious for a Gregg novel. Too bad the subject matter is so silly.

  2. I have read through the entire Raleigh Rainbows books and wrote out a key. It is a very strange book. Each chapter matches one lesson in the 1916 Gregg Shorthand Manual. The first two chapters consist of the students saying lists of words from the manual.

    Each chapter is limited to using shorthand rules and techniques taught for that chapter and the previous chapters. Each chapter also heavily uses the newly introduced shorthand characters and rules. Some of the shorthand proportions are not correct. There are also some obvious mistakes. They also use some of the most difficult, obscure words that fit the chapter's shorthand rules. In many cases, shorthand rules not yet introduced are used by mistake. Obviously, most of the chapters are filled with awkward sentences, as there are many words that cannot be used yet.

    The story is basically about some well-to-do man in Raleigh Ridge who offers a free trip to Washington DC to the student who achieves his or her goal. Each of the 8 students writes down a goal, and then the judging takes place a year later. The students have all graduated high school and are in a business program in college with an emphasis on typing and shorthand.

    In order to accommodate the new shorthand rule introduced, the plot jumps all over the place. Most of it takes place in the fictitious Raleigh Ridge. There is a large subplot involving a business man who is thought to have killed his business partner. To use "ville," "ingham," etc., the story suddenly moves to Boston for an entire chapter. If you do not know the tourist traps in Boston, you will have to use Google several times to figure out the names of these places.

    Even by 1920's standards, these 8 teens would be called goody-two-shoes. Instead of turning out the lights and making out, they have long discussions about school and the current mystery of the business man who might be guilty of killing his business partner. If you read this, you might feel trapped in a badly written Nancy Drew book.

    Despite the silly story, I have found great value in this book as a learning tool. It seems that if you have mastered the 1916 Manual, you can go back and forth from earlier and later versions of Gregg Shorthand with few adjustments, mostly related to different brief forms (word signs).

    To make my key for this book, I found it necessary to read each 1916 Gregg Shorthand Manual chapter before I read the matching Raleigh Rainbows chapter. I also used the Key for the 1916 Manual to read the extra shorthand exercises. And I extensively used the 1916 Gregg Shorthand dictionary and 1916 Phrase Book. And I used an online English dictionary to figure out some very obscure words.

    It seems that the 1916 Manual is the hardest version to learn and retain. The 1916 Manual was the most abbreviated edition of Gregg Shorthand. There were several abbreviations and dis-joined prefixes that were added in 1916 and later removed for the Anniversary Manual in 1929. It was stated in the "John Robert Gregg" biography book that Gregg was forced to add a lot more shortcuts for the 1916 Manual to win over Pittman teachers, who were used to extensive abbreviations. Many of these shortcuts and abbreviations were previously reserved for experienced court reporters. That biography book also states that the 1929 Manual and later versions all focused on getting rid of those shortcuts and abbreviations that were put into the 1916 Manual.

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