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0e6b8110 3perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 7Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
4363636d 8from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or
0e6b8110 9release manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for
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10posterity.
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12I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
13definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
14Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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16=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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18=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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20`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
21`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
22it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
23she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
24
25 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
26 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
27 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
28 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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31`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
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33`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
34nonsense.'
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36Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
37anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
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39`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
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41`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
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43`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
44with his nose, you know?'
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46`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
47the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
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49=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
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51Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
52Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
53notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
54for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
55sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
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57Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
58dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
59Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
60motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
61Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
62that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
63had ever even been a car.
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65There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
66been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
67this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
68flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
69re-entry.
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71There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
72metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
73somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
74make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
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76It should have fallen apart miles back.
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78=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
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80We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
81the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
82in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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83there exist ... special circumstances.
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85=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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87And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
88bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
89yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
90with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
91if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
92bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
93quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
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95=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
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97The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
98involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
99when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
100streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
101road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
102seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
103smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
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105"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
106volcano were once more to set to work."
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108=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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110"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
111many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
112Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs—
113what we might call ice-one—is only one of several types of ice.
114Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
115had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
116...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
117"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine—a crystal as
118hard as this desk—with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
119degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
120and-thirty degrees."
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124San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
125the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
126hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
127of the Free World."
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129Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
130level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
131harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
132exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
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134=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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136Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
137the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
138just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
139a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
140it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
141of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
142common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
143bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
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145 Around and around and around we spin,
146 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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148=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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150'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
151not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
152your cat grins like that?'
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154'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
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156She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
157jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
158and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
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160'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
161that cats COULD grin.'
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163'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
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165=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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167'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
168have got altered.'
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170'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
171there was silence for some minutes.
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173=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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175'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
176always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
177rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
178yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
179can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
180kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
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182=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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184At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
185called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
186dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
187in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
188sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
189
190'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
191is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
192the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
193to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
194accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
195Mercia and Northumbria—"'
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203So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
204hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
205making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
206picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
207close by her.
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209There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
210VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
211dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
212occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
213it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
214OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
215Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
216never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
217take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
218after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
219rabbit-hole under the hedge.
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221In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
222in the world she was to get out again.
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3e340399 228=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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230 A little child, a limber elf,
231 Singing, dancing to itself,
232 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
233 That always finds, and never seeks,
234 Makes such a vision to the sight
235 As fills a father's eyes with light;
236 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
237 Upon his heart, that he at last
238 Must needs express his love's excess
239 With words of unmeant bitterness.
240 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
241 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
242 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
243 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
244 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
245 At each wild word to feel within
246 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
247 And what, if in a world of sin
248 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
249 Such giddiness of heart and brain
250 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
251 So talks as it's most used to do.
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253=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
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255And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
256into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
257mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
258question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
259hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
260louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
261who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
262worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
263done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
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265=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
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267"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
268course you'd druther work—wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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270Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
271
272"Why ain't that work?"
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274Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
275is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
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277"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
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279The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
280to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
281
282That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
283swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
284-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
285watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
286absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
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289=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
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291The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
292at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
293streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
294the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
295live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
296colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
297as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
298wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
299prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
300however much they're into colour.
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302=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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304Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
305and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
306word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
307disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
308everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
309on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
310that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
311glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
312war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
313presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
314for more hazardous assignment.
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316=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
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318Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
319streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
320trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
321to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
322about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
323of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
324facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
325explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
326Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
327people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
328work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
329their art.
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334'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
335the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
336Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
337Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
338responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
339Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
340Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
341Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
342Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
343Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
344
345'Can they all type?' I joked.
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347'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
348McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
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350I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
351'We could have opened an agency.'
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353Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
354Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
355amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
356all say that, do they?' I ventured.
357
358Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
359replied. 'Not quite all.'
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3e340399 369=head2 v5.10.0 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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371He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
372he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
373out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
374noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
375must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
376number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
377did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
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401This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
402gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
403technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
404about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
405bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
406paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
407in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
408electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
409picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
410to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
411technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
412getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
413sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
414it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
415conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
416
417"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
418that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
419`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
420
421"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
422one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
423flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
424everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
425make you flip?
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427=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
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429Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
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431=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
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433What of October, that ambiguous month
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435=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
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437Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
438proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
439the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
440anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
441how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
442
443'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
444
445This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
446that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
447
448'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
449expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
450anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
451sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
452
453This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
454basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
455policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
456disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
457the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
458Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
459and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
460Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
461
462In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
463reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
464
465I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
466Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
467for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
468had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
469work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
470the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
471left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
472pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
473the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
474the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
475
476I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
477publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
478Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
479
480So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
481pushing to increase the membership?
482
483'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
484more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
485futile and impotent it becomes.'
486
487This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
488
489Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
490diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
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494There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
495about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
496four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
497anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
498thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
499
500Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
501and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
502press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
503obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
504produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
505this draft...'
506
507I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
508hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
509incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
510
511'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
512redundancy payments as well.'
513
514'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
515it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
516
517'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
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521A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
522was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
523and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
524jets and all.
525
526I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
527
528I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
529Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
530specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
531the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
532jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
533grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
534in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
535
536While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
537taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
538me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
539sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
540three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
541plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
542occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
543were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
544
545And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
546were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
547
548Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
549name like Charlie Umtali?
550
551I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
552know something about our official visitor.
553
554Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
555has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
556car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
557to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
558knew little of his background.
559
560I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
561Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
562first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
563
564Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
565
566'Why?' I enquired.
567
568'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
569to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
570never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
571
572Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
573that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
574
575In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
576where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
577revolving door and comes out in front.'
578
579'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
580
581'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
582
583'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
584
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585=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
586
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587 It's not that easy bein' green
588 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 589 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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590 Or something much more colorful like that
591
592 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 593 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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594 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
595 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
596 Or stars in the sky
597
598 But green's the color of Spring
599 And green can be cool and friendly-like
600 And green can be big like an ocean
601 Or important like a mountain
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602 Or tall like a tree
603
604 When green is all there is to be
605 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
606 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
607 And I think it's what I want to be
608
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609=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
610
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611 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
612
613 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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615=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
616
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617And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
618hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
619cat.
620
621Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 622the wolf? What then?"
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624=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
625
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626And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
627bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
628round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
629
630In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
631gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
632climbed up the high stone wall.
633
634One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
635stretched out over the wall.
636
637Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
638Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
639take care that he doesn't catch you!".
640
641The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
642snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
643
644How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 645the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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647=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
648
4363636d 649"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 650you."
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51caa79e 652"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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653
654"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
655and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 656to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 657
51caa79e 658"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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660"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
661planting it."
662
663"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 664grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 665
51caa79e 666Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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667
668"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
669Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 670wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 672Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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673
674"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
675how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 676and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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678=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
679
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680"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
681
682"Hunting," said Pooh.
683
684"Hunting what?"
685
686"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
687
688"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
689
690"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
691
692"What do you think you'll answer?"
693
694"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
695"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
696you see there?"
697
698"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
699excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
700
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701=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
702
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703Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
704ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
705bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
706waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
707droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
708hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
709longbow.
710
711In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
712often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
713placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
714likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
715may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
716Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
717Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
718farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
719grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 720T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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722=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
723
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724Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
725ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
726sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
727pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
728shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
729
730The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
731Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 732Caledonia and South America.
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734=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
735
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736The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
737often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
738large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
739and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
740spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
741year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
742may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
743
744It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
745branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
746of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
747that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
748
749Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
750other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
751acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
752mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
753
754It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 755heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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757=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
758
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759 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
760 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
761 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
762 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
763
764 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
765 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
766 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
767 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
768 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
769 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
770 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
771 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
772
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773 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
774 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
775
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777=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
778
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779 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
780 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
781 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
782 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
783
784 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
785 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
786 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
787 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
788 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
789 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
790
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791=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
792
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793 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
794 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
795 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
796 We must find him of the train can't start.'
797 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
798 They are searching high and low,
799 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
800 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
801 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
802 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
803 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
804 He's been busy in the luggage van!
805 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
806 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
807 And we're off at last of the northern part
808 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
809
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810=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
811
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812 We are the music makers,
813 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
814 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
815 And sitting by desolate streams; --
816 World-losers and world-forsakers,
817 On whom the pale moon gleams:
818 Yet we are the movers and shakers
819 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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821=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
822
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823 There may be trouble ahead,
824 But while there's music and moonlight,
825 And love and romance,
826 Let's face the music and dance.
827
828 Before the fiddlers have fled,
829 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
830 And while we still have that chance,
831 Let's face the music and dance.
832
833 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
834 Humming a different tune, and then,
835
836 There may be teardrops to shed,
837 So while there's music and moonlight,
838 And love and romance,
839 Let's face the music and dance.
840
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841=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
842
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843 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
844 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
845 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
846 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
847 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
848 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
849
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850 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
851 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
852 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
853 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
854
855 O my brave soul!
856 O farther farther sail!
857 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
858 O farther, farther, farther sail!
859
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860=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
861
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862 It's fun to charter an accountant
863 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
864 To find, explore the funds offshore
865 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
866
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867=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
868
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869 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
870 In a Sieve they went to sea:
871 In spite of all their friends could say,
872 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
873 In a Sieve they went to sea!
874 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
875 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
876 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
877 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
878 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
879
880 Far and few, far and few,
881 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
882 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
883 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
884
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885=head2 v5.8.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic"
886
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887"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
888
889Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
890
891"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
892flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
893arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
894and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
895I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
896I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
897will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
898liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
899Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
900ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
901
902"All that?" said Twoflower.
903
904"Usually."
905
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906=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
907
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908No matter what she did with her hair it took about
909three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
910like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
911no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
912overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
913
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914=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
915
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916When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
917sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
918a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
919what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
920long in this instance.
921
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922=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
923
51caa79e 924"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
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935
936The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
937the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
938never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
939them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
940chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
941run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
942and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
943and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
944and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
945the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
946fall.
947
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948=head2 5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
949
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950Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
951plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
952going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
953she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
954at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
955cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
956hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
957passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
958disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
959of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
51caa79e 960she fell past it.
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962=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
963
0e6b8110 964This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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965on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
966L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
967by ysth.
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