Imaginary letters

A is the roof, the gable with its crossbeam, the arch; or it is two friends greeting, who embrace and shake hands;
D is the human back;
B is the back on the back, the hump;
C is the crescent, the moon;
E is the foundations, the pillar, the console and the architrave, all architecture in a single letter;
F is the gibbet;
G is the french horn;
H is a facade with two towers;
I is the was machine launching its projectile;
J is the plowshare and the horn of plenty;
K is the angle of reflection equal to the angle of incidence, a key to geometry;
L is the leg and foot;
M is a mountain or camp with tents pitched in pairs;
N is a a gate with a diagonal bar;
O is the sun;
P is a porter with a load on his back;
Q is a rump with a tail; R is the porter resting on his staff;
S is a serpent;
T is a hammer;
U is the urn, V the vase, which are easily confused
(Y is a tree, a fork, the confluence of two rivers, a stemmed glass, a man with arms up-stretched);
X is crossed swords, a battle: who will win we do not know, so the mystics made it the sign of destiny and the algebraists the sign of the unknown;
Z is lightning, the sign of God: That is what the alphabet contains.
-from an essay by Victor Hugo, date unknown