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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 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost
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24I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
25the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
26dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
27between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
28improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
29fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
30I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
31them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
32do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
33from an authority while others cut E<0x2014> when he taught, the knife was
34in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
35perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
36himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
37a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
38the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
39world is richer for it.
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41=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, The Darkness That Comes Before
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45No thought.
46 The boy extinguished. Only a place.
47 This place.
48 Motionless, the Pragma sat facing him, the bare soles of his feet flat against each other, his dark frock scored by the shadows of deep folds, his eyes as empty as the child they watched.
49 A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
50 For the first lances of sunlight careered over the glacier, as ponderous as great tree limbs in the wind. Shadows hardened and light gleamed across the Pragma’s ancient skull.
51 The old man’s left hand forsook his right sleeve, bearing a watery knife. And like a rope in water, his arm pitched outward, fingertips trailing across the blade as the knife swung languidly into the air, the sun skating and the dark shrine plunging across its mirror back . . .
52 And the place where Kellhus had once existed extended an open hand—the blond hairs like luminous filaments against tanned skin—and grasped the knife from stunned space.
53 The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
54 I have been legion . . .
55 In his periphery, he could see the spike of the sun ease from the mountain. He felt drunk with exhaustion. In the recoil of his trance, it seemed all he could hear were the twigs arching and bobbing in the wind, pulled by leaves like a million sails no bigger than his hand. Cause everywhere, but amid countless minute happenings—diffuse, useless.
56 Now I understand.
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58=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
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60L<Announced on 2012-11-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00760.html>
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62Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
63of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
64scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
65glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
66beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
67much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
68caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
69vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
70had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
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72=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
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74Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves
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76 Music oft hath such a charm
77 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
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79=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, The Cyberiad, Trurl's Machine
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81L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-11/msg00017.html>
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83Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
84machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
85trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
86little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
87to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
e4a5e942 88he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
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89the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
90
91The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
92current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
93transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
94chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
95adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
96as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
97solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
98valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
99the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
100machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
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102=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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106Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
107behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
108recording everything.
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110=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
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112L<Announced on 2012-09-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2012-09/msg01226.html>
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114 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
115 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
116 She aims it at the creature's head,
117 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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119 A few weeks later, in the wood,
120 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
121 But what a change! No cloak of red,
122 No silly hood upon her head.
123 She said, "Hello, and do please note
124 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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126=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
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128L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
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130Preparation:
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132Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
133or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
134Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
135look golden brown.
136Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
137ready to create the soup.
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139Ingredients:
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141 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
142 3 tbsp butter
143 1/4 cup olive oil
144 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
145 1 tsp salt
146 1 tsp sugar
147 black pepper to taste
148 1 cup red wine
149 1/4 cup all purpose flour
150 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
151 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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153Method:
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155 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
156 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
157 to half an hour.
158 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
159 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
160 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
161 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
162 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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164Enjoy.
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166=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
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170‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
171
172Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
173their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
174
175The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
176butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
177and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
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179Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
180
181‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
182
183‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
184
185‘What?’
186
187‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
188
189‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
190his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
191dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
192quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
193
194‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
195an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
196
197‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
198
199The iotum rose, spinning.
200
201‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
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203=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
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205L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
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207On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
208taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
209"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
210and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
211merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
212subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
213Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
214it.
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216=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
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220`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
221`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
222hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
223The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
224been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
225be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
226to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
227fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
228
229There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
230climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
231broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
232implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
233on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
234Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
235astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
236for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
237out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
238the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
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245 Don't you know? You never split the party
246 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
247 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
248 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
249
250 -- Emerald Rose, Never Split The Party
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252=head2 v5.16.1 RC1 - Tom Moldvay - Dungeons & Dragons
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257I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
258Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
259Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
260The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
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264I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
265sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
266collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
267
268My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
269inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
270swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
271side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
272The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
273dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
274
275 -- Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook
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277=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden - September 1, 1939
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282 All I have is a voice
283 To undo the folded lie,
284 The romantic lie in the brain
285 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
286 And the lie of Authority
287 Whose buildings grope the sky:
288 There is no such thing as the State
289 And no one exists alone;
290 Hunger allows no choice
291 To the citizen or the police;
292 We must love one another or die.
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294 -- W.H. Auden, September 1, 1939
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301 How many roads must a man walk down
302 Before you call him a man?
303 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
304 Before she sleeps in the sand?
305 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
306 Before they're forever banned?
307 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
308 The answer is blowin' in the wind
309
310 How many years can a mountain exist
311 Before it's washed to the sea?
312 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
313 Before they're allowed to be free?
314 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
315 Pretending he just doesn't see?
316 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
317 The answer is blowin' in the wind
318
319 How many times must a man look up
320 Before he can see the sky?
321 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
322 Before he can hear people cry?
323 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
324 That too many people have died?
325 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
326 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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328 -- Bob Dylan, Spring 1962
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332L<Announced on 2012-02-20 by Max
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335 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
336 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
337 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
338 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
339 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
340
341Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
342age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
343older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
344debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
345girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
346A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
347Top for more than one week.
348
349Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
350lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
351buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
352into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
353meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
354soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
355single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
356
357 "I'm never going to give you up"
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359=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, The Voyage of QV66
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364"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
365
366He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
367notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
368which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
369OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
370ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
371
372There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
373busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
374out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
375mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
376and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
377with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
378bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
379chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
380excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
381down cheering and applauding.
382
383"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
384
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385=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, A Wizard of Earthsea
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390Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
391into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
392beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
393winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
394wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
395over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
396
397But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
398gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
399villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
400journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
401domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
402with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
403by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
404Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
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406=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman
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408L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve
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411This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
412been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
413confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
414how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
415could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
416putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
417I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
418before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
419think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
420all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
421off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
422was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
423The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
424endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
425benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
426boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
427lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
428Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
429resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
430Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
431you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
432
433 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
434 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
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438L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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441A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
442don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
443without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
444the human experience, the better design we will have.
445
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446=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
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450 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
451 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
452 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
453 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
454 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
455 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
456 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
457 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
458 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
459 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
460 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
461 eaten them, but not for love.
462
463 -- As You Like It, William Shakespeare
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470
471It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
472do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
473they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
474catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
475awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
476inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
477
478So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
479mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
480the heart of the programmer.
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488 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
489 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
490 do so at their peril.
491
492 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
493 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
494 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
495 artist is in accord with himself.
496
497 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
498 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
499 thing is that one admires it intensely.
500
501 All art is quite useless.
502
503 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
504
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511 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
512 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
513 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
514 things the significance of a human future;
515 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
516 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
517 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
518 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
519 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
520 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
521 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
522 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
523 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
524 hurtles all ages along with it forever
525 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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527 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
528 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
529
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534Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
535fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
536winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
537down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
538being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
539extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
540but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
541
542Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
543that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
544around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
545fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
546the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
547closed system.
548
549Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
550the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
551/be/ them.'
552
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553=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
554
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557 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
558 you will have gained.
559
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560=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
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564 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
565 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
566 When breakfast is taken away,
567 To turn his attention to dinner;
568 And it's not in the range of belief,
569 To look upon him as a glutton,
570 Who, when he is tired of beef,
571 Determines to tackle the mutton.
572 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
573 If it will appease her sorrow,
574 I'll marry this lady today,
575 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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581At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
582my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
583the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
584since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
585already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
586to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
587the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
588can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
589unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
590
591=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
592
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595 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
596 Tolerates no work of man.
597 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
598 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
599 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
600 While the last larks sing and soar,
601 From the heather-blossoms sweet
602 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
603 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
604 Eleanor makes macaroons!
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606=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
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610 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
611 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
612 Lobster I freely endorse,
613 In pate or patty or pasty.
614 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
615 And nothing the matter with jam,
616 And the warmest greetings I utter
617 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
618 For they're food,
619 All food,
620 And I think very fondly of food.
621 Through I'm broody at times
622 When bothered by rhymes,
623 I brood
624 On food.
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630At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
631myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
632impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
633"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
634gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
635or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
636
637I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
638computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
639ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
640would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
641my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
642away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
643won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
644
645So a freely distributable program is born.
646
647=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
648
649L<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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651This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
652continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
653aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
654and your bags will be offloaded.
655
656=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
657
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660Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
661of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
662by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
663sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
664swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
665down their paved streets.
666
667Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
668obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
669company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
670the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
671govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
672the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
673
674=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
675
676L<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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678But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
679my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
680reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
681wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
682Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
683the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
684This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
685just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
686this had never reached me.
687
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688=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
689
690L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
691
692 When the full-grown poet came,
693 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
694 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
695 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
696 Nay he is mine alone;
697 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
698 by the hand;
699 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
700 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
701 And wholly and joyously blends them.
702
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707 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
708 nema ráða vel kunni.
709 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
710 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
711 Sák á telgðu talkni
712 tíu launstafi ristna.
713 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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717
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719
720In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
721granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
722do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
723that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
724generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
725endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
726that fire can truly light the world.
727
728And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
729ask what you can do for your country.
730
731My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
732but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
733
734Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
735ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
736we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
737the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
738asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
739work must truly be our own.
740
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742
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745The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
746to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
747between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
748cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
749areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
750be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
751As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
752the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
753instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
754interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
755also be automated.
756
757Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
758if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
759were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
760and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
761indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
762techniques like X-ray crystallography.
763
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764=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
765
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768[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
769
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772[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
773
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774 Trinity: What did you just say?
775 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
776 Trinity: What did you see?
777 Cypher: What happened?
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778 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
779 like it.
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780 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
781 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
782 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
783 Neo: What is it?
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785 they change something.
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787=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
788
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791The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
792he storm vanishes.
793
794"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
795fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
796to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
797me?"
798
799I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
800like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
801
802"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
803as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
804on my heart.
805
806(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
807
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809
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812Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
813air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
814the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
815faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
816of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
817the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
818deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
819fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
820stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
821revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
822
823For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
824courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
825the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
826jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
827were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
828there, a glimmer of moonshine.
829
830Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
831rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
832grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
833park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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836=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
837
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840`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
841`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
842it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
843she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
844
845 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
846 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
847 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
848 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
849
850
851`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
852
853`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
854nonsense.'
855
856Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
857anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
858
859`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
860
861`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
862
863`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
864with his nose, you know?'
865
866`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
867the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
868
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870
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873Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
874Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
875notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
876for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
877sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
878
879Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
880dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
881Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
882motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
883Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
884that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
885had ever even been a car.
886
887There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
888been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
889this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
890flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
891re-entry.
892
893There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
894metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
895somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
896make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
897
898It should have fallen apart miles back.
899
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901
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905the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
906in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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908
909=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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913And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
914bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
915yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
916with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
917if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
918bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
919quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
920
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922
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924
925The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
926involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
927when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
928streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
929road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
930seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
931smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
932
933"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
934volcano were once more to set to work."
935
936=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
937
938L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
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940 I saw a huge steam roller,
941 It blotted out the sun.
942 The people all lay down, lay down;
943 They did not try to run.
944 My love and I, we looked amazed
945 Upon the gory mystery.
946 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
947 'The great machine is history!'
948 My love and I, we ran away,
949 The engine did not find us.
950 We ran up to a mountain top,
951 Left history far behind us.
952 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
953 But somehow we don't think so.
954 We went to see where history'd been,
955 And my, the dead did stink so.
956
957=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
958
959L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
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961CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
962she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
963seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
964
965What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
966of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
967has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
968will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
969only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
970lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
971design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
972periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
973
974=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
975
976L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
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978The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
979from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
980view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
981Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
982once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
983endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
984a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
985will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
986of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
987Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
988still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
989
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994"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
995many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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997what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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998Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
999had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
1000...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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1001"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
1002hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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1004and-thirty degrees."
1005
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1010San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
1011the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
1012hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
1013of the Free World."
1014
1015Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
1016level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
1017harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
1018exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
1019
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1024Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
1025the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
1026just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
1027a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
1028it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
1029of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
1030common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
1031bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
1032
1033 Around and around and around we spin,
1034 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
1035
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1040'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
1041not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
1042your cat grins like that?'
1043
1044'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
1045
1046She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
1047jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
1048and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
1049
1050'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
1051that cats COULD grin.'
1052
1053'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
1054
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1059'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
1060have got altered.'
1061
1062'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
1063there was silence for some minutes.
1064
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1066
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1069'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
1070always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
1071rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
1072yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
1073can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
1074kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
1075
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1077
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1080At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
1081called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
1082dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
1083in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
1084sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
1085
1086'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
1087is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
1088the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
1089to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
1090accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 1091Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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1101So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
1102hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
1103making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
1104picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
1105close by her.
1106
1107There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
1108VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
1109dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
1110occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
1111it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
1112OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
1113Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
1114never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
1115take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
1116after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
1117rabbit-hole under the hedge.
1118
1119In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
1120in the world she was to get out again.
1121
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1130 A little child, a limber elf,
1131 Singing, dancing to itself,
1132 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
1133 That always finds, and never seeks,
1134 Makes such a vision to the sight
1135 As fills a father's eyes with light;
1136 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
1137 Upon his heart, that he at last
1138 Must needs express his love's excess
1139 With words of unmeant bitterness.
1140 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
1141 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
1142 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
1143 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
1144 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
1145 At each wild word to feel within
1146 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
1147 And what, if in a world of sin
1148 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
1149 Such giddiness of heart and brain
1150 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
1151 So talks as it's most used to do.
1152
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1154
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1157And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
1158into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
1159mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
1160question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
1161hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
1162louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
1163who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
1164worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
1165done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
1166
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1168
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d517a16a 1172course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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1174Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
1175
1176"Why ain't that work?"
1177
1178Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
1179is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
1180
1181"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
1182
1183The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
1184to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
1185
1186That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
1187swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
1188-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
1189watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
1190absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
1191
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1193
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1196The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
1197at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
1198streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
1199the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
1200live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
1201colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
1202as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
1203wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
1204prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
1205however much they're into colour.
1206
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1208
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1211Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
1212and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
1213word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
1214disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
1215everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
1216on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
1217that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
1218glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
1219war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
1220presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
1221for more hazardous assignment.
1222
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1224
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1227Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
1228streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
1229trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
1230to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
1231about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
1232of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
1233facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
1234explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
1235Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
1236people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
1237work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
1238their art.
1239
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1241
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1244'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
1245the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
1246Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
1247Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
1248responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
1249Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
1250Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
1251Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
1252Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
1253Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
1254
1255'Can they all type?' I joked.
1256
1257'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
1258McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
1259
1260I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
1261'We could have opened an agency.'
1262
1263Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
1264Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
1265amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
1266all say that, do they?' I ventured.
1267
1268Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
1269replied. 'Not quite all.'
1270
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1283He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
1284he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
1285out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
1286noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
1287must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
1288number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
1289did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
1290
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1299=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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1302available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
1303
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1312=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
1313
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1316This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
1317gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
1318technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
1319about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
1320bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
1321paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
1322in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
1323electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
1324picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
1325to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
1326technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
1327getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
1328sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
1329it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
1330conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
1331
1332"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
1333that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
1334`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
1335
1336"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
1337one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
1338flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
1339everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
1340make you flip?
1341
1342=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
1343
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1346Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1347
1348=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
1349
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1352What of October, that ambiguous month
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1355
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1358Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
1359proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
1360the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
1361anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
1362how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
1363
1364'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
1365
1366This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
1367that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
1368
1369'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
1370expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
1371anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
1372sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
1373
1374This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
1375basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
1376policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
1377disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
1378the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
1379Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
1380and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
1381Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
1382
1383In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
1384reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
1385
1386I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
1387Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
1388for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
1389had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
1390work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
1391the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
1392left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
1393pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
1394the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
1395the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
1396
1397I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
1398publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
1399Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
1400
1401So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
1402pushing to increase the membership?
1403
1404'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
1405more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
1406futile and impotent it becomes.'
1407
1408This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1409
1410Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1411diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
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1417There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1418about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1419four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1420anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1421thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1422
1423Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1424and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1425press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1426obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1427produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1428this draft...'
1429
1430I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1431hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1432incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1433
1434'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1435redundancy payments as well.'
1436
1437'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1438it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1439
1440'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1441
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1446A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1447was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1448and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1449jets and all.
1450
1451I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1452
1453I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1454Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1455specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1456the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1457jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1458grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1459in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1460
1461While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1462taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1463me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1464sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1465three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1466plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1467occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1468were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1469
1470And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1471were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1472
1473Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1474name like Charlie Umtali?
1475
1476I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1477know something about our official visitor.
1478
1479Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1480has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1481car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1482to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1483knew little of his background.
1484
1485I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1486Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1487first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1488
1489Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1490
1491'Why?' I enquired.
1492
1493'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1494to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1495never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1496
1497Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1498that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1499
1500In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1501where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1502revolving door and comes out in front.'
1503
1504'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1505
1506'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1507
1508'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1509
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1514 It's not that easy bein' green
1515 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1516 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1517 Or something much more colorful like that
1518
1519 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1520 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1521 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1522 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1523 Or stars in the sky
1524
1525 But green's the color of Spring
1526 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1527 And green can be big like an ocean
1528 Or important like a mountain
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1530
1531 When green is all there is to be
1532 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1533 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1534 And I think it's what I want to be
1535
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1540Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 1541
2831a86c 1542Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1548And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1549hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1550cat.
1551
1552Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1553the wolf? What then?"
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1559And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1560bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1561round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1562
1563In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1564gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1565climbed up the high stone wall.
1566
1567One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1568stretched out over the wall.
1569
1570Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1571Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1572take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1573
1574The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1575snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1576
1577How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1578the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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4363636d 1584"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1585you."
4363636d 1586
51caa79e 1587"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1588
1589"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1590and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1591to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 1592
51caa79e 1593"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1595"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1596planting it."
1597
1598"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1599grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 1601Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1603"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1604Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1605wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 1607Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1608
1609"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1610how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1611and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1617"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1618
1619"Hunting," said Pooh.
1620
1621"Hunting what?"
1622
1623"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1624
1625"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1626
1627"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1628
1629"What do you think you'll answer?"
1630
1631"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1632"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1633you see there?"
1634
1635"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1636excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1637
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1639
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1642Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1643ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1644bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1645waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1646droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1647hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1648longbow.
1649
1650In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1651often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1652placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1653likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1654may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1655Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1656Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1657farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1658grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1659T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1665Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1666ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1667sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1668pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1669shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1670
1671The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1672Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1673Caledonia and South America.
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1676
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1679The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1680often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1681large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1682and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1683spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1684year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1685may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1686
1687It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1688branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1689of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1690that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1691
1692Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1693other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1694acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1695mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1696
1697It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1698heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1700=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
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1704 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1705 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1706 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1707 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1708
1709 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1710 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1711 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1712 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1713 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1714 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1715 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1716 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1717
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1718 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1719 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1720
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1722=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1723
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1726 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1727 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1728 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1729 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1730
1731 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1732 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1733 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1734 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1735 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1736 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1737
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1739
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1742 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1743 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1744 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1745 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1746 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1747 They are searching high and low,
1748 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1749 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1750 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1751 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1752 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1753 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1754 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1755 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1756 And we're off at last of the northern part
1757 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1758
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1759=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1760
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1763 We are the music makers,
1764 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1765 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1766 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1767 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1768 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1769 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1770 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1772=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1773
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1776 There may be trouble ahead,
1777 But while there's music and moonlight,
1778 And love and romance,
1779 Let's face the music and dance.
1780
1781 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1782 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1783 And while we still have that chance,
1784 Let's face the music and dance.
1785
1786 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1787 Humming a different tune, and then,
1788
1789 There may be teardrops to shed,
1790 So while there's music and moonlight,
1791 And love and romance,
1792 Let's face the music and dance.
1793
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1794=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
1795
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1798 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1799 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1800 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1801 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1802 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1803 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1804
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1805 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1806 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1807 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1808 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1809
1810 O my brave soul!
1811 O farther farther sail!
1812 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1813 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1814
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1816
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1819 It's fun to charter an accountant
1820 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1821 To find, explore the funds offshore
1822 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1823
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1828 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1829 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1830 In spite of all their friends could say,
1831 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1832 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1833 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1834 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1835 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1836 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1837 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1838
1839 Far and few, far and few,
1840 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1841 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1842 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1843
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1845
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1847
1848=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1849
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1852No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1853three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1854like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1855no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1856overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1857
1858=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1859
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1862Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1863It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1864devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1865then you can be my most trusted minister."
1866
1867=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1868
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1871Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1872a knife with a curved blade.
1873
1874=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1875
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1878Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1879me because I've got magic aaargh."
1880
1881=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1882
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1885Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1886in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1887with his head.
1888
1889But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1890weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1891open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1892defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1893Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1894was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1895
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1897
1898L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1899
1900There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1901"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1902said the low priest.
1903There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1904The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1905"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1906The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1907The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1908The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1909thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1910There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1911"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1912said the High Priest.
1913"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1914There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1915"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1916There were footsteps again.
1917
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1920L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1921
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1923
1924L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1925
1926=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1927
1928L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1929
1930=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1931
1932L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1933
1934Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1935No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1936got there first, and is waiting for it.
1937
1938=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1939
1940L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1941
1942His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1943the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1944all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1945bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1946you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1947
1948=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1949
1950L<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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1952"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1953
1954Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1955
1956"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1957flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1958arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1959and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1960I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1961I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1962will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1963liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1964Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1965ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1966
1967"All that?" said Twoflower.
1968
1969"Usually."
1970
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1971=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
1972
1973L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1974
1975The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1976but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1977[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1978
1979=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1980
1981L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1982
1983When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1984sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1985a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1986what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1987long in this instance.
1988
1989=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1990
1991L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1992
1993"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1994
2831a86c 1995=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
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1999`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
2000himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
2001upset.
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2003`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
2004to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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2006Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
2007stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
2008louder.
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2010`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
2011my precious, three guesseses.'
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2831a86c 2017=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL3 - I can't find the announcement
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2019No announcement available.
2020
2831a86c 2021=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 2023L<Announced on 2001-01-31 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/01/msg29934.html>
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2831a86c 2027L<Announced on 2000-12-18 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/12/msg27738.html>
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2831a86c 2029=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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2031L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
2032
2033 The dragon is withered,
2034 His bones are now crumbled;
2035 His armour is shivered,
2036 His splendour is humbled!
2037 Though sword shall be rusted,
2038 And throne and crown perish
2039 With strength that men trusted
2040 And wealth that they cherish,
2041 Here grass is still growing,
2042 And leaves are a yet swinging,
2043 The white water flowing,
2044 And elves are yet singing
2045 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
2046 Come back to the valley.
2047
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2049
2050L<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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2053
2054L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
2055
2056=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
2057
2058L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
2059
2060=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
2061
2062L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
2063
2064The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
2065the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
2066never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
2067them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
2068chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
2069run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
2070and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
2071and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
2072and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
2073the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
2074fall.
2075
2076=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
2077
2078L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
2079
2080Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
2081plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
2082going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
2083she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
2084at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
2085cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
2086hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
2087passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
2088disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
2089of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
2090she fell past it.
2091
2092=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
2093
2094L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
2095
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2097
0e6b8110 2098This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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2100L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
2101by ysth.
2102
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