While reading manga, I noticed sometimes in a balloon there is an extra empty line, like here:

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Which meaning does it carry? I'm wondering if it's meant to separate the two sentences, like saying that たった一輪の「華」なのだよ is separate from, not modified by, the previous sentence; but I'm not sure, and the comma after 「添えられた」 adds to the confusion.

  • Is it different size fonts right and left of the empty line? Jul 23, 2021 at 2:51
  • It is, on the left is bigger, good catch; not sure what that means either.
    – Mauro
    Jul 23, 2021 at 7:28
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    Probably an emphasis, but I have no idea to explain. So, I added the tags to get it noticed. Jul 23, 2021 at 7:46

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Manga typesetting is a science in itself, but in this instance I think there is no "empty line", it is just some extra space that visually separates the part in the larger font (larger for emphasis / louder voice) from the rest of the sentence.

In general such white space might also indicate a brief pause.

  • So 添えられた is to be read as modifying たった一輪, like "It's just one flower that accompanies"?
    – Mauro
    Jul 26, 2021 at 11:16

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