I'm creating a small brochure using a design based on Eric Gill's "An Essay on Typography." Specifically, I have (A) paragraphs for each main idea that are new paragraphs (aligned left) starting with a pilcrow with (B) "sub-paragraphs" that elaborate on that main idea start with a pilcrow, but with no paragraph break (see image). I do want the pilcrows visible as in the example.

Sample page from Gill's essay

I'm using paragraph numbering with the pilcrow character as the "number" to achieve the first level. What I can't figure out is how to achieve the second level using paragraph styles. I can simply insert the pilcrow manually and keep going, all in the main paragraph style, but I am now curious if there is a way to achieve this with a second paragraph style for the subparagraphs?

  • I don't think its possible. What about using character styles and grep?
    – joojaa
    Commented Feb 14, 2016 at 8:47

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If you're looking to actually insert the character as a visible mark in the output, then the easiest thing in my mind is to place particular character (or a double-space) in your imported copy and do a find-and-change after the fact

  • Thanks. I do want the pilcrows visible, as in the example. Inserting it on the fly is fine too, but I was hoping to be able to adjust formatting of subparagraphs using styles just as I can the main paragraphs (particularly if I change my mind about having the subparagraphs be identical in formatting). It's a bit of a mind-exercise at this point since for something this short, manually fiddling is fine!
    – Chris
    Commented Oct 16, 2015 at 17:25

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