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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 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
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20Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
21Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
22notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
23for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
24sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
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26Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
27dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
28Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
29motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
30Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
31that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
32had ever even been a car.
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34There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
35been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
36this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
37flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
38re-entry.
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40There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
41metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
42somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
43make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
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45It should have fallen apart miles back.
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47=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
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49We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
50the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
51in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
52there exist ... special circumstances.
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54=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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56And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
57bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
58yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
59with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
60if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
61bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
62quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
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64=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
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66The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
67involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
68when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
69streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
70road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
71seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
72smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
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74"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
75volcano were once more to set to work."
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77=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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79"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
80many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
81Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs—
82what we might call ice-one—is only one of several types of ice.
83Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
84had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
85...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
86"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine—a crystal as
87hard as this desk—with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
88degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
89and-thirty degrees."
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91=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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93San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
94the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
95hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
96of the Free World."
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98Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
99level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
100harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
101exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
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103=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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105Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
106the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
107just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
108a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
109it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
110of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
111common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
112bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
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114 Around and around and around we spin,
115 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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117=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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119'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
120not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
121your cat grins like that?'
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123'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
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125She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
126jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
127and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
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129'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
130that cats COULD grin.'
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132'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
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134=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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136'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
137have got altered.'
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139'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
140there was silence for some minutes.
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142=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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144'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
145always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
146rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
147yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
148can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
149kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
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151=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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153At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
154called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
155dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
156in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
157sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
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159'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
160is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
161the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
162to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
163accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
164Mercia and Northumbria—"'
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172So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
173hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
174making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
175picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
176close by her.
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178There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
179VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
180dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
181occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
182it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
183OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
184Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
185never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
186take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
187after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
188rabbit-hole under the hedge.
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190In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
191in the world she was to get out again.
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3e340399 197=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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199 A little child, a limber elf,
200 Singing, dancing to itself,
201 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
202 That always finds, and never seeks,
203 Makes such a vision to the sight
204 As fills a father's eyes with light;
205 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
206 Upon his heart, that he at last
207 Must needs express his love's excess
208 With words of unmeant bitterness.
209 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
210 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
211 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
212 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
213 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
214 At each wild word to feel within
215 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
216 And what, if in a world of sin
217 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
218 Such giddiness of heart and brain
219 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
220 So talks as it's most used to do.
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222=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
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224And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
225into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
226mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
227question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
228hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
229louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
230who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
231worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
232done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
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234=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
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236"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
237course you'd druther work—wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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239Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
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241"Why ain't that work?"
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243Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
244is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
245
246"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
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248The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
249to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
250
251That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
252swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
253-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
254watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
255absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
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258=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
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260The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
261at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
262streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
263the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
264live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
265colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
266as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
267wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
268prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
269however much they're into colour.
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271=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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273Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
274and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
275word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
276disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
277everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
278on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
279that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
280glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
281war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
282presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
283for more hazardous assignment.
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285=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
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287Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
288streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
289trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
290to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
291about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
292of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
293facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
294explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
295Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
296people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
297work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
298their art.
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303'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
304the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
305Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
306Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
307responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
308Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
309Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
310Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
311Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
312Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
313
314'Can they all type?' I joked.
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316'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
317McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
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319I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
320'We could have opened an agency.'
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322Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
323Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
324amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
325all say that, do they?' I ventured.
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327Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
328replied. 'Not quite all.'
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3e340399 338=head2 v5.10.0 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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340He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
341he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
342out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
343noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
344must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
345number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
346did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
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3e340399 368=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
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370This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
371gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
372technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
373about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
374bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
375paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
376in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
377electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
378picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
379to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
380technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
381getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
382sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
383it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
384conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
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386"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
387that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
388`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
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390"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
391one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
392flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
393everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
394make you flip?
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396=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
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398Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
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400=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
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402What of October, that ambiguous month
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404=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
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406Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
407proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
408the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
409anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
410how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
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412'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
413
414This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
415that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
416
417'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
418expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
419anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
420sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
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422This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
423basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
424policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
425disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
426the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
427Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
428and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
429Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
430
431In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
432reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
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434I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
435Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
436for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
437had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
438work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
439the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
440left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
441pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
442the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
443the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
444
445I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
446publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
447Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
448
449So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
450pushing to increase the membership?
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452'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
453more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
454futile and impotent it becomes.'
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456This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
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458Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
459diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
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463There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
464about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
465four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
466anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
467thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
468
469Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
470and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
471press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
472obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
473produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
474this draft...'
475
476I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
477hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
478incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
479
480'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
481redundancy payments as well.'
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483'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
484it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
485
486'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
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490A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
491was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
492and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
493jets and all.
494
495I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
496
497I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
498Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
499specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
500the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
501jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
502grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
503in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
504
505While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
506taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
507me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
508sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
509three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
510plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
511occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
512were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
513
514And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
515were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
516
517Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
518name like Charlie Umtali?
519
520I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
521know something about our official visitor.
522
523Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
524has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
525car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
526to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
527knew little of his background.
528
529I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
530Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
531first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
532
533Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
534
535'Why?' I enquired.
536
537'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
538to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
539never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
540
541Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
542that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
543
544In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
545where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
546revolving door and comes out in front.'
547
548'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
549
550'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
551
552'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
553
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554=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
555
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556 It's not that easy bein' green
557 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
558 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
559 Or something much more colorful like that
560
561 It's not easy bein' green
562 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
563 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
564 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
565 Or stars in the sky
566
567 But green's the color of Spring
568 And green can be cool and friendly-like
569 And green can be big like an ocean
570 Or important like a mountain
571 Or tall like a tree
572
573 When green is all there is to be
574 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
575 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
576 And I think it's what I want to be
577
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578=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
579
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580 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
581
582 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
583
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584=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
585
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586And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
587hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
588cat.
589
590Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
591the wolf? What then?"
592
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593=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
594
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595And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
596bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
597round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
598
599In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
600gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
601climbed up the high stone wall.
602
603One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
604stretched out over the wall.
605
606Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
607Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
608take care that he doesn't catch you!".
609
610The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
611snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
612
613How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
614the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
615
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616=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
617
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618"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
619you."
620
621"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
622
623"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
624and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
625to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
626
627"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
628
629"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
630planting it."
631
632"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
633grow up into a beehive."
634
635Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
636
637"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
638Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
639wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
640
641Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
642
643"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
644how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
645and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
646
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647=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
648
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649"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
650
651"Hunting," said Pooh.
652
653"Hunting what?"
654
655"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
656
657"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
658
659"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
660
661"What do you think you'll answer?"
662
663"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
664"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
665you see there?"
666
667"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
668excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
669
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670=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
671
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672Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
673ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
674bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
675waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
676droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
677hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
678longbow.
679
680In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
681often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
682placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
683likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
684may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
685Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
686Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
687farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
688grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
689T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
690
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691=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
692
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693Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
694ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
695sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
696pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
697shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
698
699The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
700Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
701Caledonia and South America.
702
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703=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
704
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705The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
706often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
707large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
708and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
709spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
710year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
711may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
712
713It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
714branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
715of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
716that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
717
718Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
719other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
720acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
721mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
722
723It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
724heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
725
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726=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
727
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728 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
729 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
730 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
731 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
732
733 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
734 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
735 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
736 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
737 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
738 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
739 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
740 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
741
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742 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
743 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
744
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746=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
747
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748 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
749 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
750 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
751 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
752
753 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
754 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
755 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
756 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
757 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
758 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
759
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760=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
761
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762 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
763 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
764 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
765 We must find him of the train can't start.'
766 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
767 They are searching high and low,
768 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
769 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
770 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
771 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
772 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
773 He's been busy in the luggage van!
774 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
775 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
776 And we're off at last of the northern part
777 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
778
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779=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
780
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781 We are the music makers,
782 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
783 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
784 And sitting by desolate streams; --
785 World-losers and world-forsakers,
786 On whom the pale moon gleams:
787 Yet we are the movers and shakers
788 Of the world for ever, it seems.
789
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790=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
791
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792 There may be trouble ahead,
793 But while there's music and moonlight,
794 And love and romance,
795 Let's face the music and dance.
796
797 Before the fiddlers have fled,
798 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
799 And while we still have that chance,
800 Let's face the music and dance.
801
802 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
803 Humming a different tune, and then,
804
805 There may be teardrops to shed,
806 So while there's music and moonlight,
807 And love and romance,
808 Let's face the music and dance.
809
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810=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
811
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812 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
813 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
814 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
815 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
816 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
817 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
818
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819 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
820 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
821 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
822 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
823
824 O my brave soul!
825 O farther farther sail!
826 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
827 O farther, farther, farther sail!
828
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830
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831 It's fun to charter an accountant
832 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
833 To find, explore the funds offshore
834 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
835
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836=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
837
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838 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
839 In a Sieve they went to sea:
840 In spite of all their friends could say,
841 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
842 In a Sieve they went to sea!
843 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
844 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
845 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
846 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
847 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
848
849 Far and few, far and few,
850 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
851 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
852 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
853
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854=head2 v5.8.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic"
855
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856"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
857
858Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
859
860"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
861flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
862arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
863and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
864I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
865I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
866will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
867liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
868Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
869ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
870
871"All that?" said Twoflower.
872
873"Usually."
874
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875=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
876
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877No matter what she did with her hair it took about
878three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
879like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
880no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
881overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
882
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883=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
884
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885When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
886sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
887a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
888what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
889long in this instance.
890
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891=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
892
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893"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
894
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904
905The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
906the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
907never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
908them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
909chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
910run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
911and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
912and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
913and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
914the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
915fall.
916
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917=head2 5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
918
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919Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
920plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
921going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
922she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
923at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
924cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
925hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
926passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
927disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
928of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
929she fell past it.
930
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932
0e6b8110 933This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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935L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
936by ysth.
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