George
George asked:

What does "HP:ym" mean? In the story "Manners of Dying", every letter from the Warden is signed off thusly: "Harry Parlin, Warden, Cantos Correctional Institution HP:ym" What do those four letters at the end mean? I can't figure it out.

Foster At the end of some correspondence the writer's initials are written below. If the letter is dictated and then typed out by someone else that persons initials are also written down (in lowercase letters). In this case HP:ym would stand for Harry Parlin, and then Yann Martel. Meaning that the warden had spoken his letters and someone else typed them.
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