I cant seem to read exactly what this says. I am recreating a headstone that was originally made out of white marble in 1888. It has deteriorated badly. I have figured out everything except this last word. The line begins with "Betet für die" and then this word pictured. I am reasonably sure that it begins with an uppercase S.I simply can't figure out what this poor woman wanted us to pray for! Please help if possible - i'm at my wits end!enter image description here

Entire stone photo included. The line i'm needing is the tiniest one at the bottom. I've deciphered all the rest of the stone and only need the very last word on it. enter image description here

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    Please display the rest of the headstone. The shape of the known letters can help in recognizing the unknown ones. (Cryptographically speaking, you're posing a ciphertext-only problem, but a known-plaintext problem is easier to solve.) Jul 25, 2014 at 14:14
  • Stone added, though it's relatively unhelpful as the text style and size suggest that the last line was added later on.
    – Jessica
    Jul 25, 2014 at 14:24
  • Not at this time, though i'm 99.9% sure that is what it says. Those words, at least, survived the test of time.
    – Jessica
    Jul 25, 2014 at 14:33

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I suggest the last word is


that is "rest/silence of the soul".

  • I'm sorry, but I have to: +1.
    – user6191
    Jul 25, 2014 at 14:33
  • you are amazing!! Thank you thank you thank you!!
    – Jessica
    Jul 25, 2014 at 14:33
  • I was in the process of looking for words containing "ruhe" as I touched on the whole peace and rest thing.
    – Jessica
    Jul 25, 2014 at 14:35
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    The total last line I guess reads "Betet für die Seelenruhe" although it looks more like "Hotel für die Seelenruhe" or "Hetzt für die Seelenruhe", but both of the latter don't really make sense to me.
    – celtschk
    Jul 25, 2014 at 15:46
  • @celtschk totally naming my next Hotel "Hotel für die Seelenruhe" :D Sep 23, 2015 at 9:36

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