Update: I did try my Scribus 1.4.6 and in so doing I may have realized that the perimeter of the font does not appear, but something has been created outside the perimeter, fattened it up--Outlining not Outline. It seems this new "outline" straddles the edge of the letter and has to be re-manipulated with Multi Duplicate to at least eliminate the portion of it inside the edge. Is this the only method to achieve the original goal above?
Once this external outline is created, the text frame, even with the cursor blinking, no longer selects the letter, nothing more seems to be able to be done with it. If I Convert to > Polygon, which would be okay, the outline (and the letter too I suppose) disappears. I suppose the latter because I've made the letter itself 100% translucent in order to be have only the new exterior outline visible.
Can I take this outline and turn it into a shape?