I think this actually might be a character, which is 「夒」.
Glyph evolution of 「夒」:
張ＸＸ印 (Other characters are too faded out)
to wake up / to be awake / to become aware / to sober up / to come to
How to find your answer:
You could use a site like: mdbg (click the handwriting button next to "Go") or qhanzi to write in your character and then copy and paste into a dictionary.
Given enough effort, I suppose you could read, silently, the text of any language without having to actually pronounce the words out loud.
Like the way we look at long medical terms spelled in the "English" alphabet, knowing what it is but would not bother to actually pronounce them?
Doing this for any language may, I suppose, miss the enjoyment of ...
I can't easily recognize words in Chinese scripts, I guess my father too or my grandfather too, so it's ok about readable.
I can't tell this is written by Chinese or foreign by just looking at it, but Chinese people who do scripts would write traditional Chinese character instead of simplified even in China mainland.
And 太 is not that being written like ...
It is a common surname in Chinese, originally refers to inner red wood.
For variations you can find here : http://www.guoxuedashi.com/zixing/yanbian/4472tv/
This is an incomplete text of the poem 《西江月・作伴修行未是》 by Yuan Dynasty poet 譚處端, produced verbatim from the image, detailed below:
The text is split into columns from right to left as on the image, with pauses inserted at「//」. Characters inside parentheses（）indicate the modern equivalent.
⿰亻𠆦（作）伴修行未是 // 𩙞𩙞（飄飄）
物外行持 // 孤雲野鶴