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The python file object has an iterator interface (rather than a list-like one). When you loop over it, you consume the lines one by one. Hence, after evaluating the second cell, the file descriptor f is at the end of the file. Looping again will yield nothing.

Consider this example:

sage: f = open('example.txt')
sage: f.tell()           # tells at what position we are in the file
0
sage: for s in f: pass   # loop over f, doing nothing
sage: f.tell()
10
sage: f.next()
---------------------------------------------------------------------------
StopIteration                             Traceback (most recent call last)
...
sage: f.seek(0)        # rewind to start