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0e6b8110 3perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 7Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
4363636d 8from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or
0e6b8110 9release manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for
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10posterity.
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12I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
13definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
14Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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16=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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18=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
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20We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
21the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
22in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
23there exist ... special circumstances.
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25=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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27And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
28bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
29yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
30with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
31if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
32bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
33quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
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35=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
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37The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
38involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
39when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
40streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
41road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
42seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
43smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
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45"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
46volcano were once more to set to work."
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48=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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50"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
51many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
52Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs—
53what we might call ice-one—is only one of several types of ice.
54Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
55had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
56...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
57"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine—a crystal as
58hard as this desk—with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
59degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
60and-thirty degrees."
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62=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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64San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
65the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
66hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
67of the Free World."
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69Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
70level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
71harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
72exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
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74=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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76Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
77the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
78just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
79a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
80it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
81of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
82common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
83bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
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85 Around and around and around we spin,
86 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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88=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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90'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
91not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
92your cat grins like that?'
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94'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
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96She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
97jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
98and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
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100'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
101that cats COULD grin.'
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103'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
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105=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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107'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
108have got altered.'
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110'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
111there was silence for some minutes.
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113=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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115'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
116always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
117rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
118yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
119can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
120kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
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122=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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124At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
125called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
126dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
127in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
128sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
129
130'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
131is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
132the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
133to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
134accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
135Mercia and Northumbria—"'
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143So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
144hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
145making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
146picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
147close by her.
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149There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
150VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
151dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
152occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
153it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
154OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
155Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
156never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
157take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
158after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
159rabbit-hole under the hedge.
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161In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
162in the world she was to get out again.
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3e340399 168=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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170 A little child, a limber elf,
171 Singing, dancing to itself,
172 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
173 That always finds, and never seeks,
174 Makes such a vision to the sight
175 As fills a father's eyes with light;
176 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
177 Upon his heart, that he at last
178 Must needs express his love's excess
179 With words of unmeant bitterness.
180 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
181 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
182 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
183 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
184 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
185 At each wild word to feel within
186 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
187 And what, if in a world of sin
188 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
189 Such giddiness of heart and brain
190 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
191 So talks as it's most used to do.
192
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193=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
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195And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
196into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
197mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
198question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
199hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
200louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
201who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
202worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
203done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
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205=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
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207"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
208course you'd druther work—wouldn't you? Course you would!"
209
210Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
211
212"Why ain't that work?"
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214Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
215is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
216
217"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
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219The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
220to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
221
222That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
223swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
224-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
225watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
226absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
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229=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
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231The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
232at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
233streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
234the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
235live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
236colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
237as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
238wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
239prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
240however much they're into colour.
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242=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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244Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
245and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
246word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
247disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
248everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
249on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
250that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
251glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
252war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
253presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
254for more hazardous assignment.
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256=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
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258Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
259streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
260trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
261to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
262about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
263of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
264facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
265explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
266Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
267people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
268work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
269their art.
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272=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
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274'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
275the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
276Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
277Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
278responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
279Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
280Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
281Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
282Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
283Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
284
285'Can they all type?' I joked.
286
287'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
288McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
289
290I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
291'We could have opened an agency.'
292
293Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
294Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
295amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
296all say that, do they?' I ventured.
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298Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
299replied. 'Not quite all.'
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3e340399 309=head2 v5.10.0 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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311He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
312he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
313out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
314noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
315must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
316number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
317did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
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341This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
342gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
343technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
344about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
345bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
346paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
347in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
348electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
349picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
350to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
351technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
352getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
353sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
354it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
355conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
356
357"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
358that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
359`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
360
361"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
362one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
363flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
364everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
365make you flip?
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367=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
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369Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
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371=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
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373What of October, that ambiguous month
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375=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
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377Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
378proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
379the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
380anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
381how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
382
383'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
384
385This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
386that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
387
388'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
389expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
390anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
391sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
392
393This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
394basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
395policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
396disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
397the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
398Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
399and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
400Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
401
402In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
403reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
404
405I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
406Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
407for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
408had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
409work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
410the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
411left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
412pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
413the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
414the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
415
416I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
417publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
418Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
419
420So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
421pushing to increase the membership?
422
423'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
424more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
425futile and impotent it becomes.'
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427This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
428
429Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
430diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
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434There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
435about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
436four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
437anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
438thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
439
440Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
441and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
442press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
443obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
444produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
445this draft...'
446
447I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
448hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
449incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
450
451'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
452redundancy payments as well.'
453
454'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
455it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
456
457'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
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461A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
462was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
463and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
464jets and all.
465
466I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
467
468I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
469Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
470specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
471the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
472jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
473grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
474in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
475
476While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
477taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
478me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
479sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
480three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
481plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
482occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
483were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
484
485And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
486were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
487
488Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
489name like Charlie Umtali?
490
491I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
492know something about our official visitor.
493
494Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
495has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
496car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
497to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
498knew little of his background.
499
500I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
501Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
502first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
503
504Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
505
506'Why?' I enquired.
507
508'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
509to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
510never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
511
512Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
513that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
514
515In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
516where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
517revolving door and comes out in front.'
518
519'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
520
521'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
522
523'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
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527 It's not that easy bein' green
528 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
529 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
530 Or something much more colorful like that
531
532 It's not easy bein' green
533 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
534 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
535 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
536 Or stars in the sky
537
538 But green's the color of Spring
539 And green can be cool and friendly-like
540 And green can be big like an ocean
541 Or important like a mountain
542 Or tall like a tree
543
544 When green is all there is to be
545 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
546 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
547 And I think it's what I want to be
548
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549=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
550
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551 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
552
553 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
554
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555=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
556
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557And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
558hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
559cat.
560
561Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
562the wolf? What then?"
563
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564=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
565
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566And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
567bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
568round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
569
570In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
571gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
572climbed up the high stone wall.
573
574One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
575stretched out over the wall.
576
577Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
578Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
579take care that he doesn't catch you!".
580
581The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
582snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
583
584How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
585the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
586
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587=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
588
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589"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
590you."
591
592"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
593
594"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
595and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
596to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
597
598"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
599
600"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
601planting it."
602
603"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
604grow up into a beehive."
605
606Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
607
608"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
609Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
610wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
611
612Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
613
614"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
615how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
616and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
617
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618=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
619
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620"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
621
622"Hunting," said Pooh.
623
624"Hunting what?"
625
626"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
627
628"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
629
630"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
631
632"What do you think you'll answer?"
633
634"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
635"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
636you see there?"
637
638"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
639excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
640
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641=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
642
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643Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
644ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
645bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
646waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
647droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
648hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
649longbow.
650
651In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
652often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
653placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
654likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
655may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
656Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
657Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
658farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
659grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
660T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
661
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662=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
663
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664Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
665ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
666sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
667pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
668shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
669
670The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
671Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
672Caledonia and South America.
673
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674=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
675
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676The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
677often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
678large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
679and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
680spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
681year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
682may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
683
684It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
685branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
686of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
687that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
688
689Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
690other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
691acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
692mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
693
694It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
695heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
696
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697=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
698
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699 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
700 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
701 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
702 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
703
704 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
705 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
706 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
707 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
708 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
709 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
710 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
711 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
712
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713 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
714 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
715
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717=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
718
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719 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
720 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
721 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
722 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
723
724 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
725 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
726 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
727 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
728 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
729 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
730
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732
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733 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
734 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
735 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
736 We must find him of the train can't start.'
737 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
738 They are searching high and low,
739 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
740 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
741 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
742 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
743 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
744 He's been busy in the luggage van!
745 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
746 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
747 And we're off at last of the northern part
748 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
749
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750=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
751
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752 We are the music makers,
753 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
754 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
755 And sitting by desolate streams; --
756 World-losers and world-forsakers,
757 On whom the pale moon gleams:
758 Yet we are the movers and shakers
759 Of the world for ever, it seems.
760
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761=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
762
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763 There may be trouble ahead,
764 But while there's music and moonlight,
765 And love and romance,
766 Let's face the music and dance.
767
768 Before the fiddlers have fled,
769 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
770 And while we still have that chance,
771 Let's face the music and dance.
772
773 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
774 Humming a different tune, and then,
775
776 There may be teardrops to shed,
777 So while there's music and moonlight,
778 And love and romance,
779 Let's face the music and dance.
780
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781=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
782
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783 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
784 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
785 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
786 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
787 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
788 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
789
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790 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
791 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
792 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
793 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
794
795 O my brave soul!
796 O farther farther sail!
797 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
798 O farther, farther, farther sail!
799
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800=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
801
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802 It's fun to charter an accountant
803 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
804 To find, explore the funds offshore
805 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
806
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807=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
808
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809 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
810 In a Sieve they went to sea:
811 In spite of all their friends could say,
812 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
813 In a Sieve they went to sea!
814 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
815 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
816 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
817 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
818 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
819
820 Far and few, far and few,
821 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
822 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
823 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
824
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825=head2 v5.8.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic"
826
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827"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
828
829Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
830
831"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
832flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
833arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
834and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
835I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
836I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
837will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
838liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
839Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
840ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
841
842"All that?" said Twoflower.
843
844"Usually."
845
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846=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
847
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848No matter what she did with her hair it took about
849three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
850like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
851no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
852overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
853
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854=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
855
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856When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
857sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
858a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
859what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
860long in this instance.
861
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862=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
863
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864"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
865
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875
876The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
877the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
878never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
879them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
880chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
881run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
882and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
883and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
884and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
885the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
886fall.
887
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888=head2 5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
889
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890Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
891plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
892going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
893she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
894at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
895cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
896hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
897passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
898disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
899of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
900she fell past it.
901
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903
0e6b8110 904This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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906L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
907by ysth.
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