(the) one ... the other VS one ... another

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What is difference between these two pairs?
In Modern English by Marcella Frank it is mentioned that the former refers to individual persons or things in a set of two and the latter refers to two individual items in an open set that may be extended.

But I think they can be used interchangably.

He had two books. The one in his left hand is for Marry, the other/another in his right hand is for John.

Are they any differences between these two pairs at all?
 

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They cannot be used interchangeably.

Follow Ms Frank's advice.

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What does it mean that it can be extended? I can't understand it because in the examples relating to the pair one ... another in Marcella Frank's book , they have ALSO been extended to some degree.
 
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'He has two books; one is for Mary and the other is for John.'

'He has three books; one is for Mary, another is for John and the other is for Gaylord.'

Here comes the extension:

'He has several books; one is for Hortense, another is for Blodwen, another is for Clytemnestra and the others are going to the charity shop.

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Can we also say the following sentence?
'He has several books; one is for Hortense, one is for Blodwen, and another is for Clytemnestra.
 
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