A Ruby newbie having trouble getting results back from geonames

#!/usr/bin/env ruby
require "rubygems"
require 'geonames'

places_nearby = Geonames::WebService.find_nearby_place_name
41.505928,-81.594582
p places_nearby # --> [#<Geonames::Toponym:0x1021042f0
@country_code="US", @feature_code_name=nil, @elevation=nil,
@distance=0.4495, @alternate_names=nil, @feature_code="PPLX",
@population=nil, @geoname_id="5161005", @longitude=-81.5981817,
@feature_class_name=nil, @country_name="United States", @name="Little
Italy", @latitude=41.5089406, @feature_class="P">]

How do I get any of the values, e.g., country_name? places_nearby is a
local variable.

Thank you in advance for help. I've tried several things, but can't
figure it out.
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