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I am using the lettrine package to typeset capitals. When there is an apostrophe with a capital L, the spaces look quite ugly. I would like to achieve something like the following:

target capital

I've already set some parameters of the capital to get close to it:


but the apostrophe is too far from the capital L. I've tried using \kern to get it closer, but I'm not getting anywhere really. Is there a way I can get the apostrophe aligned like in the given example?

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Selected for the nice example, thank you. – ℝaphink Jun 6 '11 at 21:28
I think the apostrophe works better if placed thus: \lettrine[...]{L\kern-5pt}{'Esprit-Saint}, since then it is in the natural size, as in the example of the OP. Also, is the loversize intended to make the top of the L level with the first line of text? I keep getting font size substitutions so I can't see what's going on (I know nothing about dealing with fonts in TeX, so I can't help this). – Ryan Reich Jun 7 '11 at 3:19
Whether the apostrophe should be part of the capital or the small caps text is subject to debate. In my case, the apostrophe looks quite ugly if I put it in the small caps, so I chose to put it with the lettrine. – ℝaphink Jun 8 '11 at 9:18

If you need to push back the apostrophe, precede it by


or something and maybe add some kern after it. That is


It obviously depends on the font. I would let the apostrophe where it goes, though.

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Thanks for the answer. Where the apostrophe goes is a bit ugly in the lettrine, as it makes a huge blank square between the L's vertical bar and the small capitals. I've read on a typography forum that it was a better idea to try and align it as shown in my question. – ℝaphink Jun 6 '11 at 21:30

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