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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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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=head1 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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24 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
25 nema ráða vel kunni.
26 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
27 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
28 Sák á telgðu talkni
29 tíu launstafi ristna.
30 Þat hefr lauka lindi
31 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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33=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
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35L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
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37In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
38granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
39do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
40that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
41generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
42endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
43that fire can truly light the world.
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45And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
46ask what you can do for your country.
47
48My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
49but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
50
51Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
52ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
53we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
54the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
55asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
56work must truly be our own.
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58=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
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62The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
63to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
64between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
65cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
66areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
67be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
68As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
69the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
70instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
71interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
72also be automated.
73
74Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
75if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
76were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
77and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
78indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
79techniques like X-ray crystallography.
80
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81=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
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85[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
86
87Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
88
89[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
90
91Trinity: What did you just say?
92Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
93Trinity: What did you see?
94Cypher: What happened?
95Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
96Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
97Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
98Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
99Neo: What is it?
100Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
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102=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
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106The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
107he storm vanishes.
108
109"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
110fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
111to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
112me?"
113
114I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
115like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
116
117"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
118as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
119on my heart.
120
121(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
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123=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
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127Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
128air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
129the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
130faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
131of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
132the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
133deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
134fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
135stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
136revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
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138For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
139courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
140the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
141jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
142were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
143there, a glimmer of moonshine.
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145Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
146rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
147grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
148park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
149described.
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155 I saw a huge steam roller,
156 It blotted out the sun.
157 The people all lay down, lay down;
158 They did not try to run.
159 My love and I, we looked amazed
160 Upon the gory mystery.
161 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
162 'The great machine is history!'
163 My love and I, we ran away,
164 The engine did not find us.
165 We ran up to a mountain top,
166 Left history far behind us.
167 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
168 But somehow we don't think so.
169 We went to see where history'd been,
170 And my, the dead did stink so.
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172=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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176CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
177she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
178seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
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180What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
181of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
182has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
183will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
184only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
185lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
186design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
187periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
188
189=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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193The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
194from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
195view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
196Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
197once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
198endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
199a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
200will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
201of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
202Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
203still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
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205=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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209`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
210`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
211it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
212she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
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214 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
215 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
216 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
217 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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220`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
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222`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
223nonsense.'
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225Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
226anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
227
228`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
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230`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
231
232`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
233with his nose, you know?'
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235`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
236the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
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238=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
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242Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
243Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
244notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
245for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
246sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
247
248Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
249dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
250Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
251motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
252Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
253that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
254had ever even been a car.
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256There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
257been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
258this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
259flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
260re-entry.
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262There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
263metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
264somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
265make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
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267It should have fallen apart miles back.
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269=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
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273We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
274the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
275in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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278=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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282And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
283bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
284yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
285with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
286if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
287bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
288quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
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290=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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294"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
295many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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297what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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298Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
299had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
300...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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301"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
302hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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303degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
304and-thirty degrees."
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306=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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310San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
311the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
312hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
313of the Free World."
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315Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
316level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
317harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
318exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
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320=head2 v5.12.1-RC1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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324Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
325the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
326just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
327a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
328it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
329of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
330common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
331bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
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333 Around and around and around we spin,
334 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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336=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
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340The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
341involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
342when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
343streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
344road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
345seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
346smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
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348"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
349volcano were once more to set to work."
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351=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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355'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
356not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
357your cat grins like that?'
358
359'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
360
361She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
362jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
363and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
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365'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
366that cats COULD grin.'
367
368'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
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370=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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374'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
375have got altered.'
376
377'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
378there was silence for some minutes.
379
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384'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
385always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
386rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
387yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
388can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
389kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
390
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391=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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395At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
396called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
397dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
398in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
399sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
400
401'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
402is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
403the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
404to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
405accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
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416So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
417hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
418making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
419picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
420close by her.
421
422There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
423VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
424dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
425occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
426it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
427OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
428Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
429never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
430take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
431after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
432rabbit-hole under the hedge.
433
434In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
435in the world she was to get out again.
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445 A little child, a limber elf,
446 Singing, dancing to itself,
447 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
448 That always finds, and never seeks,
449 Makes such a vision to the sight
450 As fills a father's eyes with light;
451 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
452 Upon his heart, that he at last
453 Must needs express his love's excess
454 With words of unmeant bitterness.
455 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
456 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
457 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
458 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
459 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
460 At each wild word to feel within
461 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
462 And what, if in a world of sin
463 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
464 Such giddiness of heart and brain
465 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
466 So talks as it's most used to do.
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472And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
473into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
474mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
475question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
476hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
477louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
478who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
479worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
480done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
481
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4363636d 486"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 487course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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489Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
490
491"Why ain't that work?"
492
493Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
494is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
495
496"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
497
498The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
499to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
500
501That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
502swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
503-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
504watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
505absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
506
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511The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
512at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
513streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
514the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
515live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
516colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
517as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
518wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
519prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
520however much they're into colour.
521
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526Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
527and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
528word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
529disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
530everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
531on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
532that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
533glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
534war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
535presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
536for more hazardous assignment.
537
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542Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
543streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
544trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
545to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
546about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
547of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
548facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
549explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
550Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
551people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
552work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
553their art.
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559'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
560the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
561Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
562Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
563responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
564Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
565Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
566Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
567Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
568Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
569
570'Can they all type?' I joked.
571
572'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
573McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
574
575I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
576'We could have opened an agency.'
577
578Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
579Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
580amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
581all say that, do they?' I ventured.
582
583Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
584replied. 'Not quite all.'
585
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602Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
603proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
604the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
605anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
606how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
607
608'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
609
610This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
611that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
612
613'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
614expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
615anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
616sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
617
618This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
619basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
620policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
621disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
622the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
623Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
624and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
625Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
626
627In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
628reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
629
630I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
631Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
632for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
633had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
634work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
635the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
636left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
637pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
638the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
639the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
640
641I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
642publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
643Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
644
645So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
646pushing to increase the membership?
647
648'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
649more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
650futile and impotent it becomes.'
651
652This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
653
654Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
655diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
656
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661There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
662about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
663four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
664anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
665thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
666
667Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
668and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
669press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
670obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
671produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
672this draft...'
673
674I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
675hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
676incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
677
678'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
679redundancy payments as well.'
680
681'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
682it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
683
684'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
685
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690A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
691was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
692and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
693jets and all.
694
695I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
696
697I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
698Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
699specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
700the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
701jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
702grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
703in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
704
705While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
706taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
707me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
708sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
709three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
710plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
711occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
712were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
713
714And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
715were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
716
717Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
718name like Charlie Umtali?
719
720I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
721know something about our official visitor.
722
723Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
724has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
725car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
726to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
727knew little of his background.
728
729I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
730Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
731first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
732
733Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
734
735'Why?' I enquired.
736
737'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
738to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
739never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
740
741Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
742that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
743
744In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
745where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
746revolving door and comes out in front.'
747
748'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
749
750'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
751
752'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
753
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758He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
759he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
760out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
761noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
762must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
763number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
764did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
765
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774=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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776L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
777available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
778
779=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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787 It's not that easy bein' green
788 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 789 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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790 Or something much more colorful like that
791
792 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 793 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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795 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
796 Or stars in the sky
797
798 But green's the color of Spring
799 And green can be cool and friendly-like
800 And green can be big like an ocean
801 Or important like a mountain
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803
804 When green is all there is to be
805 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
806 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
807 And I think it's what I want to be
808
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817Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 818
2831a86c 819Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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825And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
826hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
827cat.
828
829Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 830the wolf? What then?"
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836And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
837bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
838round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
839
840In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
841gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
842climbed up the high stone wall.
843
844One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
845stretched out over the wall.
846
847Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
848Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
849take care that he doesn't catch you!".
850
851The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
852snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
853
854How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 855the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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858
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861This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
862gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
863technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
864about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
865bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
866paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
867in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
868electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
869picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
870to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
871technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
872getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
873sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
874it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
875conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
876
877"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
878that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
879`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
880
881"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
882one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
883flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
884everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
885make you flip?
886
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4363636d 891"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 892you."
4363636d 893
51caa79e 894"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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896"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
897and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 898to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 899
51caa79e 900"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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902"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
903planting it."
904
905"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 906grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 908Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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910"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
911Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 912wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 914Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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916"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
917how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 918and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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921
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924"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
925
926"Hunting," said Pooh.
927
928"Hunting what?"
929
930"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
931
932"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
933
934"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
935
936"What do you think you'll answer?"
937
938"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
939"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
940you see there?"
941
942"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
943excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
944
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946
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949Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
950ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
951bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
952waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
953droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
954hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
955longbow.
956
957In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
958often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
959placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
960likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
961may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
962Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
963Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
964farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
965grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 966T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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969
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972Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
973ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
974sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
975pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
976shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
977
978The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
979Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 980Caledonia and South America.
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983
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986The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
987often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
988large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
989and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
990spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
991year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
992may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
993
994It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
995branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
996of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
997that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
998
999Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1000other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1001acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1002mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1003
1004It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1005heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1008
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1011 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1012 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1013 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1014 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1015
1016 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1017 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1018 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1019 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1020 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1021 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1022 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1023 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1024
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1025 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1026 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1027
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1029=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1030
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1033 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1034 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1035 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1036 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1037
1038 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1039 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1040 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1041 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1042 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1043 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1044
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1046
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1049 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1050 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1051 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1052 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1053 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1054 They are searching high and low,
1055 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1056 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1057 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1058 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1059 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1060 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1061 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1062 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1063 And we're off at last of the northern part
1064 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1065
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1067
1068L<Announced on 2004-03-16 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/8587d77c565f2d43>
1069
1070Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1071
1072=head2 5.005_04 - no epigraph
1073
1074L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1075
1076=head2 5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1077
1078L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
1079
1080The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1081the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1082never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1083them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1084chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1085run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1086and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1087and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1088and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1089the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1090fall.
1091
1092=head2 5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1093
1094L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
1095
1096Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1097plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1098going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1099she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
1100at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
1101cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
1102hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
1103passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
1104disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
1105of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
1106she fell past it.
1107
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1108=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1109
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1112 We are the music makers,
1113 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1114 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1115 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1116 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1117 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1118 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1119 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1121=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1122
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1125 There may be trouble ahead,
1126 But while there's music and moonlight,
1127 And love and romance,
1128 Let's face the music and dance.
1129
1130 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1131 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1132 And while we still have that chance,
1133 Let's face the music and dance.
1134
1135 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1136 Humming a different tune, and then,
1137
1138 There may be teardrops to shed,
1139 So while there's music and moonlight,
1140 And love and romance,
1141 Let's face the music and dance.
1142
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1143=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
1144
1145L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
1146
1147=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1148
1149L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1150
1151When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1152sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1153a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1154what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1155long in this instance.
1156
1157=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1158
1159L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1160
1161"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1162
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1163=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
1164
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1166
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1167 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1168 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1169 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1170 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1171 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1172 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1173
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1174 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1175 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1176 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1177 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1178
1179 O my brave soul!
1180 O farther farther sail!
1181 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1182 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1183
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1184=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
1185
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1187
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1188 It's fun to charter an accountant
1189 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1190 To find, explore the funds offshore
1191 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1192
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1193=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
1194
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1197 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1198 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1199 In spite of all their friends could say,
1200 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1201 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1202 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1203 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1204 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1205 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1206 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1207
1208 Far and few, far and few,
1209 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1210 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1211 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1212
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1213=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
1214
1215L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/63a8c34385de82a1>
1216
1217What of October, that ambiguous month
1218
1219=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
1220
1221L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
1222
1223=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1224
1225L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
1226
1227No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1228three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1229like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1230no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1231overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1232
1233=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1234
1235L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
1236
1237Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1238It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1239devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1240then you can be my most trusted minister."
1241
1242=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1243
1244L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
1245
1246Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1247a knife with a curved blade.
1248
1249=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1250
1251L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1252
1253Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1254me because I've got magic aaargh."
1255
1256=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1257
1258L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1259
1260Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1261in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1262with his head.
1263
1264But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1265weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1266open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1267defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1268Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1269was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1270
1271=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1272
1273L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1274
1275When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1276sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1277a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1278what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1279long in this instance.
1280
1281=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1282
1283L<Announced on 2003-11-08 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1284
1285"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1286
1287=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1288
1289L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1290
1291There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1292"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1293said the low priest.
1294There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1295The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1296"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1297The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1298The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1299The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1300thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1301There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1302"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1303said the High Priest.
1304"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1305There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1306"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1307There were footsteps again.
1308
1309=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
1310
1311L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1312
1313=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1314
1315L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1316
1317=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1318
1319L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1320
1321=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1322
1323L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1324
1325Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1326No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1327got there first, and is waiting for it.
1328
1329=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1330
1331L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1332
1333His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1334the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1335all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1336bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1337you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1338
1339=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1340
1341L<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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1343"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1344
1345Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1346
1347"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1348flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1349arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1350and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1351I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1352I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1353will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1354liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1355Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1356ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1357
1358"All that?" said Twoflower.
1359
1360"Usually."
1361
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1366`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1367himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1368upset.
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1370`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1371to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1373Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1374stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1375louder.
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1377`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1378my precious, three guesseses.'
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2831a86c 1384=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL3 - I can't find the announcement
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1387
2831a86c 1388=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 1392=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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1396=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
1397
1398L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1399
1400The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1401but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1402[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1403
1404=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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1407
1408 The dragon is withered,
1409 His bones are now crumbled;
1410 His armour is shivered,
1411 His splendour is humbled!
1412 Though sword shall be rusted,
1413 And throne and crown perish
1414 With strength that men trusted
1415 And wealth that they cherish,
1416 Here grass is still growing,
1417 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1418 The white water flowing,
1419 And elves are yet singing
1420 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1421 Come back to the valley.
1422
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1425
1426L<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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1428=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
1429
0e6b8110 1430This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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1431on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
1432L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1433by ysth.
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