*Drowning
by Numbers*

**100
Stars**

The Skipping-Girl counts and names the stars with confidence. They have Greek, Latin and Arabic names, and names conjured up by the astronomical classifiers of the nineteenth century - names which the professionals have difficulty pronouncing. There are four ways to pronounce Betelgeuse and at least five different spellings of Formalhaut. Where did she learn them? There is some evidence that she is an only child compensating her solitude by prodigious feats of memory. The Skipping-Girl makes the stars her own. Her count becomes a recitation. She is playing a counting skipping-game - of which there are a great many - whose object is to reach the full count without faltering - come what may. No trip or slip of the rope is allowed. The ambition of her number count is one hundred. And to count only a hundred stars is to mock the millions of other stars in the Universe - to mock Science and Mathematics and Counting itself.

The Skipping-Girl, counting 100 stars, of which the names are:

1 - Antares 2 - Capella 3 - Canopus 4 - Arcturus 5 - Agreetor 6 - Anektor 7 - Duendin 8 - Algerib 9 - Agena 10 - Lalandry 11 - Vega 12 - Golubin 13 - Spica 14 - Capra 15 - Acrab 16 - Deneb 17 - Sapho 18 - Castor 19 - Pollux 20 - Storcha |
21 - Teno 22 - Riga 23 - Cursa 24 - Thuban 25 - Mira 26 - Adoron 27 - Macra 28 - Seginus 29 - Kenturus 30 - Yed 31 - Mirach 32 - Almach 33 - Altair 34 - Nollar 35 - Schreddar 36 - Albira 37 - Dipda 38 - Spica 39 - Caff 40 - Corboda |
41 - Ceti 42 - Kruger 43 - Spira 44 - Procyon 45 - Crucis 46 - Banquo 47 - Kiteye 48 - Kneller 49 - Hannah 50 - Betelgeuse 51 - Mesra 52 - Lapit 53 - Kracklite 54 - Salcis 55 - Okkra 56 - Bolstar 57 - Bestall 58 - Procis 59 - Salamon |
61 - Scheet 62 - Nath 63 - Strat 64 - Diss 65 - Bosch 66 - Plin 67 - Zed 68 - Paul 69 - Bolse 70 - Droma 71 - Alcano 72 - Spiller 73 - Polcis 74 - Hoyten 75 - Luper 76 - McCay 77 - Regulus 78 - Eiridani 79 - Branca 80 - Bellatrix |
81 - Muriel 82 - Storbart 83 - Gobin 84 - Adnam 85 - Boston 86 - Locis 87 - Borick 88 - Crupal 89 - Indi 90 - Smeltza 91 - Fabritius 92 - Colcis 93 - Boudica 94 - Centauri 95 - Sopul 96 - Jonah 97 - Ritback 98 - Rostra 99 - Procyon 100 - Electra |