# getting footnotes in reledmac to work with lettrine

I started using reledmac a couple days ago and the documentation about footnotes already has me in tears.

I'm working on a thing using initial drop caps and small caps with lettrine and it so happens that the very first word in the book needs a footnote. I can't figure out how to do it without making the brackets intersect.

In this MWE, in my ideal world I can footnote just the word "Fubar." However, I'd be more than happy in a world where I could footnote "Fubar fizbutt." (Neither of those things may turn out to be possible, but, you know, it's 2020, I'm used to disappointment.)

Note that I don't really care what kind of footnotes (from among the hordes available in reledmac) I end up using.

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{reledmac}
\usepackage{lettrine}

\begin{document}

\lettrine{F}{ubar fizbutt} furball.

\end{document}

• sorry, I don't understand your question.... Do you need either critical or familiar footnote? You must know that all the feature which change line skip (like lettrine) may cause trouble with reledmac. May 13, 2020 at 10:30
• Ah, okay, I didn't know that. So I'll just have to find another way to deal with it. (Just to clarify my question, in case it helps in some way: I'm trying to footnote either "Fubar" or "Fubar fizbutt"; it doesn't matter what kind of footnote (normal, critical, familiar) I use. But if I understand you correctly none of them is possible with lettrine, so I'll have to find a different way to approach the issue.) Thanks so much for the guidance! May 13, 2020 at 14:25
• WHat to do do mean by "to footnote something" ? May 13, 2020 at 15:51

For anybody who's looking for this information and comes across this question: you can't use footnotes with lettrine in reledmac. Use paracol or something similar instead.