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The Sad Story of the Recluse

There once was, living in the deep mountain forests of the Western Netherlands, a recluse. Most of the time, he just wandered around his mountain, talking to trees and laughing with birds. But now and then, when the pouring rain trapped him in his little hut and the howling wind made him feel unbearably small, the recluse felt an urge to write something. He wanted to pour some thoughts out onto paper, where they could maybe grow bigger than he himself was.

After failing miserably at poetry, fiction, and philosophy, the recluse finally decided to write a technical book. In his youth, he had done some computer programming, and he figured that if he could just write a good book about that, fame and recognition would follow. ...

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