I read a lot of shorthand to enhance my writing speed.  I am conversant with Pre-Anniversary, Anniversary, and Simplified, so I don't usually have too much trouble reading short forms and phrasing, but I'm stumped on this one. 

Does anyone have a copy of Direct-Method Materials for Gregg Shorthand?  My question is on page 166, second sentence, which reads "Very often, furniture styles ______(?) the traits of the people of a country."  The sign looks like T-A-V, disjoined T, and it doesn't suggest a word or a phrase that makes sense to me ??

Can anyone help?  Thanks!

(by Mary for everyone)