On Jul 18, 5:27   
> _The Ruby Programming Language_ specifically says that text can follow
> =begin and =end as long as it's separated by at least one blank, and
> shows an example of both =begin and =end statements will additional text
> on the same line. The text is treated as part of the comment.

This appears to be an answer to the question possibly posed by
willfully ignoring everything following the first paragraph of the
post, including the code example.

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-yossef