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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.14.2 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> | http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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22L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian
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26It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
27do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
28they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
29catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
30awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
31inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
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33So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
34mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
35the heart of the programmer.
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37
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38=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, All Art is Quite Useless
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43 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
44 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
45 do so at their peril.
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47 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
48 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
49 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
50 artist is in accord with himself.
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52 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
53 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
54 thing is that one admires it intensely.
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56 All art is quite useless.
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58 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
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61=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, The Third Duina Elegy
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63L<Announced on 2011-08-20 by Ricardo
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66True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
67no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
68not to give roses and other especially auspicious
69things the significance of a human future;
70to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
71and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
72Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
73all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
74And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
75so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
76But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
77Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
78among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
79hurtles all ages along with it forever
80through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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82 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
83 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
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85=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
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89Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
90fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
91winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
92down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
93being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
94extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
95but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
96
97Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
98that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
99around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
100fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
101the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
102closed system.
103
104Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
105the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
106/be/ them.'
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108=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
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110L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
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112 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
113 you will have gained.
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115=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
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117L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
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119You cannot eat breakfast all day,
120Nor is it the act of a sinner,
121When breakfast is taken away,
122To turn his attention to dinner;
123And it's not in the range of belief,
124To look upon him as a glutton,
125Who, when he is tired of beef,
126Determines to tackle the mutton.
127Ah! But this I am willing to say,
128If it will appease her sorrow,
129I'll marry this lady today,
130And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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132=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> | http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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134L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
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136At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
137my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
138the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
139since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
140already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
141to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
142the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
143can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
144unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
145
146=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
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148L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
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150Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
151Tolerates no work of man.
152Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
153Fetch your clearest honey, please,
154Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
155While the last larks sing and soar,
156From the heather-blossoms sweet
157Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
158And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
159Eleanor makes macaroons!
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161=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
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163L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
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165Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
166And terrapin, too, is tasty,
167Lobster I freely endorse,
168In pate or patty or pasty.
169But there's nothing the matter with butter,
170And nothing the matter with jam,
171And the warmest greetings I utter
172To the ham and the yam and the clam.
173For they're food,
174All food,
175And I think very fondly of food.
176Through I'm broody at times
177When bothered by rhymes,
178I brood
179On food.
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181=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> | http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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183L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
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185At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
186myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
187impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
188"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
189gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
190or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
191
192I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
193computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
194ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
195would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
196my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
197away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
198won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
199
200So a freely distributable program is born.
201
202=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
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204L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
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206This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
207continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
208aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
209and your bags will be offloaded.
210
211=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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213L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
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215Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
216of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
217by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
218sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
219swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
220down their paved streets.
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222Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
223obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
224company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
225the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
226govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
227the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
228
229=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
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231L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
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233But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
234my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
235reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
236wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
237Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
238the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
239This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
240just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
241this had never reached me.
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243=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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245L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
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247 When the full-grown poet came,
248 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
249 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
250 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
251 Nay he is mine alone;
252 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
253 by the hand;
254 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
255 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
256 And wholly and joyously blends them.
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262 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
263 nema ráða vel kunni.
264 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
265 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
266 Sák á telgðu talkni
267 tíu launstafi ristna.
268 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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271=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
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273L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
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275In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
276granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
277do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
278that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
279generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
280endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
281that fire can truly light the world.
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283And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
284ask what you can do for your country.
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286My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
287but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
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289Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
290ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
291we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
292the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
293asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
294work must truly be our own.
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300The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
301to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
302between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
303cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
304areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
305be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
306As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
307the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
308instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
309interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
310also be automated.
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312Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
313if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
314were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
315and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
316indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
317techniques like X-ray crystallography.
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319=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
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323[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
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325Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
326
327[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
328
329Trinity: What did you just say?
330Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
331Trinity: What did you see?
332Cypher: What happened?
333Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
334Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
335Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
336Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
337Neo: What is it?
338Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
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340=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
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344The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
345he storm vanishes.
346
347"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
348fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
349to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
350me?"
351
352I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
353like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
354
355"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
356as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
357on my heart.
358
359(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
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361=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
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365Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
366air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
367the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
368faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
369of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
370the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
371deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
372fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
373stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
374revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
375
376For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
377courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
378the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
379jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
380were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
381there, a glimmer of moonshine.
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383Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
384rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
385grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
386park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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389=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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393`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
394`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
395it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
396she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
397
398 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
399 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
400 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
401 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
402
403
404`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
405
406`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
407nonsense.'
408
409Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
410anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
411
412`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
413
414`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
415
416`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
417with his nose, you know?'
418
419`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
420the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
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426Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
427Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
428notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
429for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
430sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
431
432Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
433dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
434Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
435motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
436Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
437that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
438had ever even been a car.
439
440There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
441been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
442this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
443flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
444re-entry.
445
446There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
447metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
448somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
449make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
450
451It should have fallen apart miles back.
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453=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
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457We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
458the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
459in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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462=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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466And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
467bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
468yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
469with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
470if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
471bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
472quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
473
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474=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
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478The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
479involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
480when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
481streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
482road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
483seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
484smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
485
486"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
487volcano were once more to set to work."
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489=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
490
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493 I saw a huge steam roller,
494 It blotted out the sun.
495 The people all lay down, lay down;
496 They did not try to run.
497 My love and I, we looked amazed
498 Upon the gory mystery.
499 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
500 'The great machine is history!'
501 My love and I, we ran away,
502 The engine did not find us.
503 We ran up to a mountain top,
504 Left history far behind us.
505 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
506 But somehow we don't think so.
507 We went to see where history'd been,
508 And my, the dead did stink so.
509
510=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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514CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
515she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
516seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
517
518What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
519of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
520has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
521will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
522only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
523lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
524design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
525periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
526
527=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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531The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
532from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
533view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
534Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
535once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
536endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
537a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
538will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
539of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
540Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
541still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
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548many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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550what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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552had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
553...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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555hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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557and-thirty degrees."
558
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560
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563San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
564the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
565hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
566of the Free World."
567
568Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
569level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
570harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
571exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
572
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578the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
579just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
580a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
581it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
582of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
583common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
584bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
585
586 Around and around and around we spin,
587 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
588
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593'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
594not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
595your cat grins like that?'
596
597'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
598
599She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
600jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
601and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
602
603'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
604that cats COULD grin.'
605
606'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
607
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612'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
613have got altered.'
614
615'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
616there was silence for some minutes.
617
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619
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622'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
623always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
624rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
625yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
626can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
627kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
628
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634called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
635dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
636in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
637sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
638
639'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
640is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
641the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
642to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
643accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 644Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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654So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
655hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
656making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
657picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
658close by her.
659
660There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
661VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
662dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
663occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
664it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
665OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
666Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
667never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
668take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
669after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
670rabbit-hole under the hedge.
671
672In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
673in the world she was to get out again.
674
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684 Singing, dancing to itself,
685 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
686 That always finds, and never seeks,
687 Makes such a vision to the sight
688 As fills a father's eyes with light;
689 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
690 Upon his heart, that he at last
691 Must needs express his love's excess
692 With words of unmeant bitterness.
693 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
694 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
695 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
696 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
697 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
698 At each wild word to feel within
699 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
700 And what, if in a world of sin
701 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
702 Such giddiness of heart and brain
703 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
704 So talks as it's most used to do.
705
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710And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
711into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
712mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
713question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
714hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
715louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
716who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
717worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
718done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
719
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721
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727Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
728
729"Why ain't that work?"
730
731Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
732is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
733
734"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
735
736The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
737to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
738
739That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
740swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
741-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
742watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
743absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
744
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746
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749The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
750at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
751streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
752the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
753live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
754colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
755as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
756wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
757prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
758however much they're into colour.
759
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760=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
761
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764Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
765and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
766word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
767disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
768everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
769on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
770that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
771glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
772war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
773presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
774for more hazardous assignment.
775
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776=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
777
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780Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
781streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
782trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
783to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
784about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
785of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
786facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
787explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
788Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
789people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
790work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
791their art.
792
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794
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797'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
798the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
799Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
800Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
801responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
802Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
803Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
804Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
805Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
806Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
807
808'Can they all type?' I joked.
809
810'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
811McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
812
813I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
814'We could have opened an agency.'
815
816Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
817Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
818amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
819all say that, do they?' I ventured.
820
821Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
822replied. 'Not quite all.'
823
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836He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
837he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
838out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
839noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
840must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
841number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
842did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
843
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852=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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854L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
855available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
856
857=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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861=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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865=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
866
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869This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
870gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
871technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
872about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
873bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
874paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
875in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
876electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
877picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
878to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
879technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
880getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
881sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
882it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
883conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
884
885"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
886that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
887`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
888
889"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
890one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
891flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
892everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
893make you flip?
894
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899Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
900
901=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
902
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905What of October, that ambiguous month
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908
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911Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
912proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
913the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
914anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
915how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
916
917'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
918
919This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
920that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
921
922'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
923expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
924anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
925sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
926
927This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
928basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
929policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
930disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
931the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
932Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
933and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
934Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
935
936In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
937reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
938
939I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
940Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
941for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
942had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
943work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
944the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
945left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
946pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
947the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
948the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
949
950I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
951publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
952Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
953
954So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
955pushing to increase the membership?
956
957'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
958more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
959futile and impotent it becomes.'
960
961This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
962
963Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
964diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
965
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967
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970There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
971about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
972four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
973anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
974thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
975
976Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
977and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
978press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
979obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
980produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
981this draft...'
982
983I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
984hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
985incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
986
987'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
988redundancy payments as well.'
989
990'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
991it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
992
993'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
994
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999A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1000was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1001and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1002jets and all.
1003
1004I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1005
1006I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1007Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1008specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1009the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1010jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1011grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1012in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1013
1014While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1015taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1016me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1017sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1018three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1019plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1020occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1021were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1022
1023And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1024were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1025
1026Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1027name like Charlie Umtali?
1028
1029I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1030know something about our official visitor.
1031
1032Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1033has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1034car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1035to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1036knew little of his background.
1037
1038I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1039Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1040first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1041
1042Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1043
1044'Why?' I enquired.
1045
1046'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1047to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1048never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1049
1050Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1051that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1052
1053In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1054where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1055revolving door and comes out in front.'
1056
1057'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1058
1059'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1060
1061'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1062
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1067 It's not that easy bein' green
1068 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1069 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1070 Or something much more colorful like that
1071
1072 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1073 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1074 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1075 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1076 Or stars in the sky
1077
1078 But green's the color of Spring
1079 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1080 And green can be big like an ocean
1081 Or important like a mountain
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1083
1084 When green is all there is to be
1085 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1086 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1087 And I think it's what I want to be
1088
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1093Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 1094
2831a86c 1095Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1101And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1102hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1103cat.
1104
1105Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1106the wolf? What then?"
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1112And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1113bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1114round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1115
1116In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1117gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1118climbed up the high stone wall.
1119
1120One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1121stretched out over the wall.
1122
1123Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1124Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1125take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1126
1127The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1128snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1129
1130How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1131the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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1134
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4363636d 1137"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1138you."
4363636d 1139
51caa79e 1140"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1141
1142"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1143and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1144to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 1145
51caa79e 1146"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1148"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1149planting it."
1150
1151"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1152grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 1153
51caa79e 1154Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1156"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1157Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1158wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 1159
51caa79e 1160Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1161
1162"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1163how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1164and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1167
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1170"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1171
1172"Hunting," said Pooh.
1173
1174"Hunting what?"
1175
1176"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1177
1178"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1179
1180"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1181
1182"What do you think you'll answer?"
1183
1184"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1185"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1186you see there?"
1187
1188"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1189excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1190
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1195Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1196ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1197bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1198waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1199droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1200hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1201longbow.
1202
1203In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1204often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1205placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1206likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1207may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1208Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1209Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1210farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1211grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1212T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1218Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1219ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1220sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1221pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1222shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1223
1224The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1225Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1226Caledonia and South America.
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1228=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
1229
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1232The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1233often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1234large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1235and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1236spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1237year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1238may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1239
1240It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1241branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1242of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1243that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1244
1245Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1246other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1247acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1248mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1249
1250It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1251heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1253=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
1254
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1257 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1258 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1259 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1260 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1261
1262 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1263 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1264 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1265 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1266 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1267 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1268 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1269 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1270
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1271 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1272 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1273
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1275=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1276
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1279 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1280 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1281 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1282 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1283
1284 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1285 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1286 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1287 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1288 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1289 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1290
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1291=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
1292
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1295 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1296 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1297 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1298 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1299 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1300 They are searching high and low,
1301 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1302 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1303 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1304 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1305 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1306 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1307 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1308 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1309 And we're off at last of the northern part
1310 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1311
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1312=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1313
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1316 We are the music makers,
1317 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1318 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1319 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1320 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1321 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1322 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1323 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1325=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1326
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1329 There may be trouble ahead,
1330 But while there's music and moonlight,
1331 And love and romance,
1332 Let's face the music and dance.
1333
1334 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1335 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1336 And while we still have that chance,
1337 Let's face the music and dance.
1338
1339 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1340 Humming a different tune, and then,
1341
1342 There may be teardrops to shed,
1343 So while there's music and moonlight,
1344 And love and romance,
1345 Let's face the music and dance.
1346
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1347=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
1348
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1351 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1352 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1353 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1354 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1355 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1356 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1357
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1358 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1359 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1360 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1361 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1362
1363 O my brave soul!
1364 O farther farther sail!
1365 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1366 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1367
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1368=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
1369
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1372 It's fun to charter an accountant
1373 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1374 To find, explore the funds offshore
1375 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1376
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1377=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
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1381 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1382 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1383 In spite of all their friends could say,
1384 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1385 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1386 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1387 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1388 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1389 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1390 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1391
1392 Far and few, far and few,
1393 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1394 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1395 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1396
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1401=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
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1405No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1406three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1407like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1408no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1409overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1410
1411=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1412
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1415Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1416It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1417devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1418then you can be my most trusted minister."
1419
1420=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1421
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1424Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1425a knife with a curved blade.
1426
1427=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1428
1429L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1430
1431Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1432me because I've got magic aaargh."
1433
1434=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1435
1436L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1437
1438Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1439in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1440with his head.
1441
1442But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1443weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1444open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1445defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1446Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1447was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1448
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1450
1451L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1452
1453There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1454"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1455said the low priest.
1456There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1457The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1458"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1459The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1460The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1461The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1462thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1463There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1464"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1465said the High Priest.
1466"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1467There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1468"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1469There were footsteps again.
1470
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1472
1473L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1474
1475=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1476
1477L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1478
1479=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1480
1481L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1482
1483=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1484
1485L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1486
1487Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1488No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1489got there first, and is waiting for it.
1490
1491=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1492
1493L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1494
1495His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1496the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1497all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1498bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1499you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1500
1501=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1502
1503L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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1505"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1506
1507Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1508
1509"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1510flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1511arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1512and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1513I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1514I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1515will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1516liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1517Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1518ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1519
1520"All that?" said Twoflower.
1521
1522"Usually."
1523
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1525
1526L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1527
1528The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1529but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1530[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1531
1532=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1533
1534L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1535
1536When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1537sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1538a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1539what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1540long in this instance.
1541
1542=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1543
1544L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1545
1546"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1547
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1552`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1553himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1554upset.
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1556`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1557to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1559Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1560stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1561louder.
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1563`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1564my precious, three guesseses.'
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1572No announcement available.
1573
2831a86c 1574=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 1578=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 1582=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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1584L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
1585
1586 The dragon is withered,
1587 His bones are now crumbled;
1588 His armour is shivered,
1589 His splendour is humbled!
1590 Though sword shall be rusted,
1591 And throne and crown perish
1592 With strength that men trusted
1593 And wealth that they cherish,
1594 Here grass is still growing,
1595 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1596 The white water flowing,
1597 And elves are yet singing
1598 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1599 Come back to the valley.
1600
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1602
1603L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
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1606
1607L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
1608
1609=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
1610
1611L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1612
1613=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1614
1615L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
1616
1617The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1618the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1619never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1620them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1621chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1622run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1623and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1624and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1625and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1626the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1627fall.
1628
1629=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1630
1631L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
1632
1633Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1634plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1635going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1636she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
1637at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
1638cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
1639hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
1640passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
1641disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
1642of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
1643she fell past it.
1644
1645=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
1646
1647L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
1648
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1649=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
1650
0e6b8110 1651This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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1652on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
1653L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1654by ysth.
1655
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