I'd like to ask about the sentence from A Case of Identity by Conan Doyle.
"a slight defect in the tail of the ‘r.’ "
Which part is the tail of "r"?
A: The lower part of the straight line of "r". B: The curving part.
My dictionary says the tail of something" means sometimes the lower part of the thing. But in "r" the curved part looks more like a tail to me. Does the expression mean different depending on who you ask? Or for native speakers, it's obvious? Can anyone tell me? Thanks.