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Variations on Two Paragraphs

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Set 1


One by one, the ships sails unfurled and caught the breeze, the same gusts of wind that blew through the town, full of the salty tang of the ocean and the echoing crashes of waves against the shore. Seamen called across the deck, their rough voices accented by the ragged cries of gulls circling overhead. The Seahawk left the bay, floating on the timeless sea, growing smaller each minute. Soon the sailors were mere ant-people adjusting the rigging. On such a brilliantly clear day, the ship could still be seen from town, miles away from shore. It shrank steadily towards that line called the horizon, where the sky met the sea. On a steady course, it glided farther and farther away, fading until it was a mere speck, soon to disappear into the distance.


One by one, the ships sails unfurled and caught the breeze, the same gusts of wind that blew through the town, full of the salty tang of the ocean and the echoing crashes of waves against the shore. Seamen called across the deck, their rough voices accented by the ragged cries of gulls circling overhead. The Seahawk left the bay, floating on the timeless sea, growing smaller each minute. Soon the sailors were mere ant-people adjusting the rigging. On such a brilliantly clear day, the ship could still be seen from town, miles away from shore. It shrank steadily towards that line called the horizon, where the sky met the sea. On a steady course, it glided farther and farther away, fading until it was a mere speck, soon to disappear into the distance.



Set 2


Aaron stared at the page, concentrating with all his mind. The teacher stood in front of the chalkboard, speaking to the class. But Aaron heard not what she had to say, and thought nothing of her presence--only concentrated. His eyes stared fixedly at the page without seeing it. His head tingled, warning him to focus even harder on his all-imporant task--staying awake. He'd only gotten an hour of sleep the night before, and it was all Aaron could do to keep his eyes open. The page seemed to shrink; the words were getting smaller. Almost too exhausted to think, Aaron tried to read the definition of Theorem 9-11. Only the first three words made it to his brain. Then the lines began to blurr, shrinking, shrinking... He was going to fall asleep! Aaron stuggled to pull himself awake, but exhaustion contrained his efforts. Deeper, deeper towards slumberland he descended...

BZZZZZZZZ!

Saved by the bell.


Aaron stared at the page, concentrating with all his mind. The teacher stood in front of the chalkboard, speaking to the class. But Aaron heard not what she had to say, and thought nothing of her presence--only concentrated. His eyes stared fixedly at the page without seeing it. His head tingled, warning him to focus even harder on his all-imporant task--staying awake. He'd only gotten an hour of sleep the night before, and it was all Aaron could do to keep his eyes open. The page seemed to shrink; the words were getting smaller. Almost too exhausted to think, Aaron tried to read the definition of Theorem 9-11. Only the first three words made it to his brain. Then the lines began to blurr, shrinking, shrinking... He was going to fall asleep! Aaron stuggled to pull himself awake, but exhaustion contrained his efforts. Deeper, deeper towards slumberland he descended...

BZZZZZZZZ!

Saved by the bell.