On Sunday, February 9, 2003, 1:15:32 PM, Chris wrote:

> I don't know the general answers to these questions, but I think I
> understand what is going on here.
> [...]

Excellent explanation, Chris.  I threw it on the Wiki:

  http://www.rubygarden.org/ruby?CoerceExplanation

If more questions on "coerce" come up (I know I've been meaning to
ask), we'll have some fodder for the FAQ.

Gavin