Sure. It is a text file.
The file "reaper.txt" will be an ordinary ASCII
text file, with one byte per character.
Character strings inside a Java program
are two bytes per character.
translates between the internal format
and the external, disk file format.
As mentioned in the previous chapter, the disk file uses UTF ("Universal character set Transformation Format") which is identical to 8-bit ASCII format for the common characters of English. In the US, text files are usually ASCII (and therefore also UTF).