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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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20=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, The Voyage of QV66
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25"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
26
27He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
28notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
29which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
30OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
31ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
32
33There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
34busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
35out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
36mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
37and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
38with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
39bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
40chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
41excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
42down cheering and applauding.
43
44"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
45
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46=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, A Wizard of Earthsea
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51Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
52into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
53beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
54winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
55wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
56over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
57
58But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
59gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
60villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
61journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
62domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
63with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
64by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
65Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
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67=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman
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69L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve
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72This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
73been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
74confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
75how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
76could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
77putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
78I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
79before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
80think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
81all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
82off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
83was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
84The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
85endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
86benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
87boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
88lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
89Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
90resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
91Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
92you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
93
94 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
95 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
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97=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
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99L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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102A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
103don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
104without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
105the human experience, the better design we will have.
106
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113It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
114do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
115they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
116catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
117awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
118inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
119
120So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
121mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
122the heart of the programmer.
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130 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
131 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
132 do so at their peril.
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134 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
135 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
136 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
137 artist is in accord with himself.
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139 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
140 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
141 thing is that one admires it intensely.
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143 All art is quite useless.
144
145 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
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153True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
154no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
155not to give roses and other especially auspicious
156things the significance of a human future;
157to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
158and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
159Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
160all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
161And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
162so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
163But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
164Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
165among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
166hurtles all ages along with it forever
167through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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169 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
170 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
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172=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
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176Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
177fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
178winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
179down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
180being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
181extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
182but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
183
184Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
185that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
186around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
187fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
188the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
189closed system.
190
191Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
192the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
193/be/ them.'
194
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195=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
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197L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
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199 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
200 you will have gained.
201
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202=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
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204L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
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206You cannot eat breakfast all day,
207Nor is it the act of a sinner,
208When breakfast is taken away,
209To turn his attention to dinner;
210And it's not in the range of belief,
211To look upon him as a glutton,
212Who, when he is tired of beef,
213Determines to tackle the mutton.
214Ah! But this I am willing to say,
215If it will appease her sorrow,
216I'll marry this lady today,
217And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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223At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
224my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
225the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
226since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
227already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
228to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
229the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
230can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
231unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
232
233=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
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235L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
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237Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
238Tolerates no work of man.
239Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
240Fetch your clearest honey, please,
241Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
242While the last larks sing and soar,
243From the heather-blossoms sweet
244Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
245And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
246Eleanor makes macaroons!
247
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248=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
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250L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
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252Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
253And terrapin, too, is tasty,
254Lobster I freely endorse,
255In pate or patty or pasty.
256But there's nothing the matter with butter,
257And nothing the matter with jam,
258And the warmest greetings I utter
259To the ham and the yam and the clam.
260For they're food,
261All food,
262And I think very fondly of food.
263Through I'm broody at times
264When bothered by rhymes,
265I brood
266On food.
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272At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
273myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
274impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
275"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
276gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
277or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
278
279I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
280computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
281ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
282would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
283my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
284away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
285won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
286
287So a freely distributable program is born.
288
289=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
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291L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
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293This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
294continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
295aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
296and your bags will be offloaded.
297
298=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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300L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
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302Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
303of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
304by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
305sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
306swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
307down their paved streets.
308
309Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
310obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
311company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
312the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
313govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
314the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
315
316=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
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318L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
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320But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
321my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
322reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
323wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
324Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
325the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
326This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
327just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
328this had never reached me.
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330=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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332L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
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334 When the full-grown poet came,
335 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
336 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
337 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
338 Nay he is mine alone;
339 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
340 by the hand;
341 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
342 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
343 And wholly and joyously blends them.
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350 nema ráða vel kunni.
351 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
352 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
353 Sák á telgðu talkni
354 tíu launstafi ristna.
355 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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360L<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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362In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
363granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
364do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
365that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
366generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
367endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
368that fire can truly light the world.
369
370And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
371ask what you can do for your country.
372
373My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
374but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
375
376Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
377ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
378we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
379the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
380asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
381work must truly be our own.
382
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387The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
388to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
389between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
390cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
391areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
392be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
393As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
394the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
395instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
396interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
397also be automated.
398
399Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
400if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
401were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
402and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
403indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
404techniques like X-ray crystallography.
405
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406=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
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410[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
411
412Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
413
414[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
415
416Trinity: What did you just say?
417Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
418Trinity: What did you see?
419Cypher: What happened?
420Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
421Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
422Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
423Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
424Neo: What is it?
425Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
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427=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
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431The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
432he storm vanishes.
433
434"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
435fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
436to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
437me?"
438
439I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
440like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
441
442"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
443as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
444on my heart.
445
446(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
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448=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
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452Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
453air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
454the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
455faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
456of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
457the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
458deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
459fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
460stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
461revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
462
463For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
464courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
465the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
466jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
467were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
468there, a glimmer of moonshine.
469
470Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
471rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
472grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
473park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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480`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
481`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
482it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
483she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
484
485 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
486 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
487 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
488 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
489
490
491`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
492
493`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
494nonsense.'
495
496Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
497anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
498
499`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
500
501`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
502
503`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
504with his nose, you know?'
505
506`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
507the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
508
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510
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513Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
514Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
515notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
516for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
517sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
518
519Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
520dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
521Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
522motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
523Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
524that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
525had ever even been a car.
526
527There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
528been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
529this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
530flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
531re-entry.
532
533There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
534metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
535somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
536make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
537
538It should have fallen apart miles back.
539
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541
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545the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
546in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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548
549=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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554bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
555yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
556with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
557if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
558bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
559quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
560
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562
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565The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
566involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
567when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
568streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
569road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
570seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
571smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
572
573"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
574volcano were once more to set to work."
575
576=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
577
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580 I saw a huge steam roller,
581 It blotted out the sun.
582 The people all lay down, lay down;
583 They did not try to run.
584 My love and I, we looked amazed
585 Upon the gory mystery.
586 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
587 'The great machine is history!'
588 My love and I, we ran away,
589 The engine did not find us.
590 We ran up to a mountain top,
591 Left history far behind us.
592 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
593 But somehow we don't think so.
594 We went to see where history'd been,
595 And my, the dead did stink so.
596
597=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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601CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
602she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
603seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
604
605What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
606of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
607has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
608will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
609only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
610lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
611design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
612periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
613
614=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
615
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618The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
619from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
620view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
621Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
622once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
623endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
624a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
625will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
626of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
627Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
628still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
629
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631
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634"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
635many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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637what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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639had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
640...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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642hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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644and-thirty degrees."
645
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647
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650San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
651the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
652hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
653of the Free World."
654
655Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
656level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
657harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
658exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
659
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661
662L<Announced on 2010-05-09 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/05/msg159971.html>
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664Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
665the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
666just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
667a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
668it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
669of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
670common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
671bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
672
673 Around and around and around we spin,
674 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
675
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677
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680'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
681not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
682your cat grins like that?'
683
684'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
685
686She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
687jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
688and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
689
690'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
691that cats COULD grin.'
692
693'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
694
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696
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699'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
700have got altered.'
701
702'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
703there was silence for some minutes.
704
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706
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709'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
710always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
711rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
712yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
713can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
714kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
715
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717
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720At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
721called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
722dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
723in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
724sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
725
726'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
727is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
728the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
729to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
730accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 731Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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741So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
742hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
743making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
744picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
745close by her.
746
747There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
748VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
749dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
750occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
751it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
752OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
753Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
754never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
755take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
756after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
757rabbit-hole under the hedge.
758
759In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
760in the world she was to get out again.
761
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770 A little child, a limber elf,
771 Singing, dancing to itself,
772 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
773 That always finds, and never seeks,
774 Makes such a vision to the sight
775 As fills a father's eyes with light;
776 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
777 Upon his heart, that he at last
778 Must needs express his love's excess
779 With words of unmeant bitterness.
780 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
781 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
782 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
783 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
784 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
785 At each wild word to feel within
786 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
787 And what, if in a world of sin
788 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
789 Such giddiness of heart and brain
790 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
791 So talks as it's most used to do.
792
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794
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797And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
798into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
799mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
800question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
801hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
802louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
803who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
804worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
805done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
806
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808
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d517a16a 812course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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814Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
815
816"Why ain't that work?"
817
818Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
819is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
820
821"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
822
823The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
824to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
825
826That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
827swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
828-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
829watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
830absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
831
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833
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836The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
837at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
838streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
839the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
840live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
841colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
842as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
843wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
844prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
845however much they're into colour.
846
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848
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851Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
852and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
853word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
854disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
855everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
856on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
857that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
858glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
859war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
860presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
861for more hazardous assignment.
862
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863=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
864
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867Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
868streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
869trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
870to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
871about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
872of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
873facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
874explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
875Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
876people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
877work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
878their art.
879
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881
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884'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
885the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
886Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
887Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
888responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
889Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
890Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
891Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
892Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
893Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
894
895'Can they all type?' I joked.
896
897'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
898McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
899
900I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
901'We could have opened an agency.'
902
903Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
904Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
905amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
906all say that, do they?' I ventured.
907
908Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
909replied. 'Not quite all.'
910
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923He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
924he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
925out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
926noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
927must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
928number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
929did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
930
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940
941L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
942available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
943
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948=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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952=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
953
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955
956This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
957gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
958technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
959about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
960bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
961paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
962in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
963electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
964picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
965to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
966technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
967getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
968sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
969it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
970conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
971
972"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
973that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
974`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
975
976"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
977one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
978flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
979everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
980make you flip?
981
982=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
983
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985
986Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
987
988=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
989
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992What of October, that ambiguous month
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998Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
999proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
1000the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
1001anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
1002how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
1003
1004'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
1005
1006This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
1007that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
1008
1009'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
1010expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
1011anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
1012sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
1013
1014This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
1015basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
1016policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
1017disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
1018the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
1019Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
1020and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
1021Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
1022
1023In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
1024reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
1025
1026I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
1027Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
1028for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
1029had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
1030work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
1031the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
1032left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
1033pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
1034the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
1035the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
1036
1037I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
1038publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
1039Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
1040
1041So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
1042pushing to increase the membership?
1043
1044'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
1045more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
1046futile and impotent it becomes.'
1047
1048This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1049
1050Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1051diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
1052
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1057There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1058about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1059four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1060anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1061thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1062
1063Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1064and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1065press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1066obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1067produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1068this draft...'
1069
1070I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1071hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1072incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1073
1074'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1075redundancy payments as well.'
1076
1077'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1078it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1079
1080'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1081
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1086A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1087was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1088and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1089jets and all.
1090
1091I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1092
1093I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1094Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1095specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1096the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1097jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1098grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1099in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1100
1101While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1102taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1103me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1104sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1105three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1106plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1107occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1108were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1109
1110And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1111were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1112
1113Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1114name like Charlie Umtali?
1115
1116I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1117know something about our official visitor.
1118
1119Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1120has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1121car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1122to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1123knew little of his background.
1124
1125I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1126Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1127first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1128
1129Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1130
1131'Why?' I enquired.
1132
1133'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1134to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1135never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1136
1137Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1138that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1139
1140In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1141where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1142revolving door and comes out in front.'
1143
1144'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1145
1146'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1147
1148'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1149
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1154 It's not that easy bein' green
1155 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1156 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1157 Or something much more colorful like that
1158
1159 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1160 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1161 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1162 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1163 Or stars in the sky
1164
1165 But green's the color of Spring
1166 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1167 And green can be big like an ocean
1168 Or important like a mountain
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1169 Or tall like a tree
1170
1171 When green is all there is to be
1172 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1173 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1174 And I think it's what I want to be
1175
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1177
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1180Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 1181
2831a86c 1182Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1188And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1189hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1190cat.
1191
1192Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1193the wolf? What then?"
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1195=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
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1199And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1200bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1201round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1202
1203In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1204gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1205climbed up the high stone wall.
1206
1207One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1208stretched out over the wall.
1209
1210Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1211Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1212take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1213
1214The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1215snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1216
1217How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1218the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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1220=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
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4363636d 1224"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1225you."
4363636d 1226
51caa79e 1227"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1228
1229"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1230and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1231to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 1232
51caa79e 1233"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1235"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1236planting it."
1237
1238"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1239grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 1241Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1243"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1244Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1245wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 1246
51caa79e 1247Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1248
1249"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1250how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1251and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1253=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
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1257"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1258
1259"Hunting," said Pooh.
1260
1261"Hunting what?"
1262
1263"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1264
1265"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1266
1267"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1268
1269"What do you think you'll answer?"
1270
1271"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1272"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1273you see there?"
1274
1275"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1276excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1277
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1278=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
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1282Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1283ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1284bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1285waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1286droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1287hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1288longbow.
1289
1290In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1291often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1292placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1293likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1294may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1295Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1296Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1297farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1298grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1299T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1305Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1306ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1307sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1308pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1309shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1310
1311The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1312Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1313Caledonia and South America.
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1319The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1320often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1321large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1322and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1323spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1324year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1325may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1326
1327It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1328branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1329of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1330that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1331
1332Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1333other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1334acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1335mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1336
1337It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1338heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1340=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
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1344 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1345 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1346 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1347 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1348
1349 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1350 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1351 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1352 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1353 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1354 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1355 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1356 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1357
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1358 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1359 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1360
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1362=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
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1366 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1367 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1368 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1369 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1370
1371 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1372 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1373 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1374 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1375 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1376 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1377
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1382 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1383 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1384 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1385 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1386 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1387 They are searching high and low,
1388 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1389 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1390 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1391 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1392 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1393 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1394 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1395 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1396 And we're off at last of the northern part
1397 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1398
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1399=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
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1403 We are the music makers,
1404 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1405 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1406 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1407 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1408 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1409 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1410 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1412=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
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1415
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1416 There may be trouble ahead,
1417 But while there's music and moonlight,
1418 And love and romance,
1419 Let's face the music and dance.
1420
1421 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1422 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1423 And while we still have that chance,
1424 Let's face the music and dance.
1425
1426 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1427 Humming a different tune, and then,
1428
1429 There may be teardrops to shed,
1430 So while there's music and moonlight,
1431 And love and romance,
1432 Let's face the music and dance.
1433
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1435
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1438 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1439 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1440 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1441 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1442 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1443 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1444
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1445 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1446 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1447 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1448 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1449
1450 O my brave soul!
1451 O farther farther sail!
1452 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1453 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1454
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1455=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
1456
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1457L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/7669de5804b792f6>
1458
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1459 It's fun to charter an accountant
1460 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1461 To find, explore the funds offshore
1462 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1463
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1464=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
1465
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1466L<Announced on 2003-10-28 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83680ef3bbf7378d>
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1468 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1469 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1470 In spite of all their friends could say,
1471 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1472 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1473 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1474 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1475 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1476 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1477 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1478
1479 Far and few, far and few,
1480 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1481 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1482 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1483
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1485
1486L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
1487
1488=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1489
1490L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
1491
1492No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1493three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1494like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1495no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1496overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1497
1498=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1499
1500L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
1501
1502Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1503It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1504devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1505then you can be my most trusted minister."
1506
1507=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1508
1509L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
1510
1511Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1512a knife with a curved blade.
1513
1514=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1515
1516L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1517
1518Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1519me because I've got magic aaargh."
1520
1521=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1522
1523L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1524
1525Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1526in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1527with his head.
1528
1529But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1530weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1531open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1532defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1533Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1534was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1535
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1537
1538L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1539
1540There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1541"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1542said the low priest.
1543There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1544The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1545"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1546The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1547The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1548The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1549thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1550There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1551"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1552said the High Priest.
1553"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1554There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1555"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1556There were footsteps again.
1557
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1559
1560L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1561
1562=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1563
1564L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1565
1566=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1567
1568L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1569
1570=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1571
1572L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1573
1574Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1575No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1576got there first, and is waiting for it.
1577
1578=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1579
1580L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1581
1582His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1583the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1584all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1585bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1586you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1587
1588=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1589
1590L<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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1592"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1593
1594Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1595
1596"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1597flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1598arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1599and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1600I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1601I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1602will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1603liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1604Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1605ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1606
1607"All that?" said Twoflower.
1608
1609"Usually."
1610
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1612
1613L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1614
1615The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1616but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1617[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1618
1619=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1620
1621L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1622
1623When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1624sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1625a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1626what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1627long in this instance.
1628
1629=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1630
1631L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1632
1633"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1634
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1639`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1640himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1641upset.
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1643`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1644to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1646Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1647stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1648louder.
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1650`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1651my precious, three guesseses.'
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1660
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1671L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
1672
1673 The dragon is withered,
1674 His bones are now crumbled;
1675 His armour is shivered,
1676 His splendour is humbled!
1677 Though sword shall be rusted,
1678 And throne and crown perish
1679 With strength that men trusted
1680 And wealth that they cherish,
1681 Here grass is still growing,
1682 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1683 The white water flowing,
1684 And elves are yet singing
1685 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1686 Come back to the valley.
1687
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1688=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
1689
1690L<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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1693
1694L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
1695
1696=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
1697
1698L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1699
1700=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1701
1702L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
1703
1704The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1705the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1706never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1707them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1708chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1709run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1710and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1711and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1712and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1713the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1714fall.
1715
1716=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1717
1718L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
1719
1720Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1721plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1722going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1723she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
1724at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
1725cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
1726hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
1727passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
1728disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
1729of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
1730she fell past it.
1731
1732=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
1733
1734L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
1735
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1736=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
1737
0e6b8110 1738This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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1740L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1741by ysth.
1742
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