le nombre qui est l’accumulateur

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Le nombre vert kaki est l’accumulateur.

(Apprendre Haskell vous fera le plus grand bien !, «Fonctions d’ordre supérieur »)

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dying butterflies, leaves

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The memorable image of butterflies dying to become brown leaves evokes both our sense of being late to experience―of missing out―as well as the limits placed on our ability to fully comprehend experience.

(Darius Sepehri, ‘Judith Wright’s The Shadow of Fire and making the ghazal appropriate for Australia’, Southerly 76.3)

leather binding the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, the flaking writing on the spine, its pages

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Bound in green leather, the book looks like a rare first edition with flaking gold writing on the spine and vanilla pages.

(Cassandra Atherton, ‘The live sparrow of translation’, Southerly 76.3)

the waters of that gleaming lake in the distance beckoning me to come and sail on it

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Hope, sweet, cruel, delusive Hope, whispered in my ear that life was long with much by and by, and in that by and by my dream-life would be real. So on I went with that gleaming lake in the distance beckoning me to come and sail on its silver waters, and Inexperience, conceited, blind Inexperience, failing to show the impassable pit between it and me.

(Miles Franklin, My Brilliant Career, ch. 5)