Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Last Paragraph

From: Ivan Van Laningham (
Date: 04 Dec 2004

Hi All--

robhenryson wrote:
> I got thrown by the "feather in a vacuum" line because the First image I had was of a
> feather in a vacuum *cleaner*, and I'm thinking "which part? is it in the vacuum bag? or is
> it like my crazy vacuum cleaner and cycloning the feather all over the place?" My mind was
> too literal for the simile to work on me. But the last line about her "bright head" *is* quite
> good.

Bright head's good, but if you drop a feather in a vacuum, it's going to behave exactly as if it were a pea, or a lead fishing weight. No air to slow it down, no wind to throw it off course. Remember Galileo.

<eppur-si-muove>-ly y'rs, Ivan
---------------------------------------------- Ivan Van Laningham God N Locomotive Works Army Signal Corps: Cu Chi, Class of '70 Author: Teach Yourself Python in 24 Hours

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