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0e6b8110 7Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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8from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
9manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
10and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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12I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
13definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
14Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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16=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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18=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
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20L<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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22In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
23granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
24do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
25that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
26generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
27endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
28that fire can truly light the world.
29
30And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
31ask what you can do for your country.
32
33My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
34but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
35
36Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
37ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
38we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
39the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
40asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
41work must truly be our own.
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43=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
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47The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
48to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
49between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
50cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
51areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
52be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
53As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
54the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
55instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
56interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
57also be automated.
58
59Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
60if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
61were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
62and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
63indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
64techniques like X-ray crystallography.
65
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66=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
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70[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
71
72Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
73
74[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
75
76Trinity: What did you just say?
77Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
78Trinity: What did you see?
79Cypher: What happened?
80Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
81Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
82Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
83Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
84Neo: What is it?
85Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
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87=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
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91The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
92he storm vanishes.
93
94"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
95fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
96to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
97me?"
98
99I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
100like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
101
102"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
103as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
104on my heart.
105
106(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
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108=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
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112Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
113air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
114the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
115faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
116of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
117the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
118deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
119fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
120stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
121revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
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123For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
124courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
125the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
126jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
127were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
128there, a glimmer of moonshine.
129
130Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
131rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
132grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
133park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
134described.
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136=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
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140 I saw a huge steam roller,
141 It blotted out the sun.
142 The people all lay down, lay down;
143 They did not try to run.
144 My love and I, we looked amazed
145 Upon the gory mystery.
146 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
147 'The great machine is history!'
148 My love and I, we ran away,
149 The engine did not find us.
150 We ran up to a mountain top,
151 Left history far behind us.
152 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
153 But somehow we don't think so.
154 We went to see where history'd been,
155 And my, the dead did stink so.
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157=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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161CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
162she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
163seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
164
165What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
166of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
167has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
168will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
169only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
170lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
171design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
172periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
173
174=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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178The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
179from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
180view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
181Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
182once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
183endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
184a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
185will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
186of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
187Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
188still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
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190=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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194`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
195`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
196it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
197she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
198
199 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
200 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
201 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
202 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
203
204
205`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
206
207`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
208nonsense.'
209
210Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
211anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
212
213`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
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215`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
216
217`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
218with his nose, you know?'
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220`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
221the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
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223=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
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227Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
228Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
229notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
230for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
231sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
232
233Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
234dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
235Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
236motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
237Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
238that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
239had ever even been a car.
240
241There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
242been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
243this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
244flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
245re-entry.
246
247There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
248metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
249somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
250make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
251
252It should have fallen apart miles back.
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254=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
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258We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
259the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
260in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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261there exist ... special circumstances.
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263=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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267And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
268bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
269yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
270with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
271if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
272bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
273quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
274
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275=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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279"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
280many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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281Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
282what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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283Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
284had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
285...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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286"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
287hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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288degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
289and-thirty degrees."
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291=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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295San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
296the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
297hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
298of the Free World."
299
300Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
301level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
302harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
303exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
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305=head2 v5.12.1-RC1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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309Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
310the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
311just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
312a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
313it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
314of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
315common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
316bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
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318 Around and around and around we spin,
319 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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321=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
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325The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
326involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
327when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
328streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
329road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
330seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
331smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
332
333"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
334volcano were once more to set to work."
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336=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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340'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
341not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
342your cat grins like that?'
343
344'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
345
346She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
347jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
348and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
349
350'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
351that cats COULD grin.'
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353'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
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355=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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359'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
360have got altered.'
361
362'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
363there was silence for some minutes.
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365=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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369'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
370always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
371rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
372yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
373can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
374kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
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376=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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380At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
381called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
382dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
383in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
384sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
385
386'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
387is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
388the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
389to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
390accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
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401So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
402hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
403making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
404picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
405close by her.
406
407There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
408VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
409dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
410occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
411it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
412OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
413Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
414never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
415take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
416after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
417rabbit-hole under the hedge.
418
419In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
420in the world she was to get out again.
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3e340399 426=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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430 A little child, a limber elf,
431 Singing, dancing to itself,
432 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
433 That always finds, and never seeks,
434 Makes such a vision to the sight
435 As fills a father's eyes with light;
436 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
437 Upon his heart, that he at last
438 Must needs express his love's excess
439 With words of unmeant bitterness.
440 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
441 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
442 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
443 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
444 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
445 At each wild word to feel within
446 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
447 And what, if in a world of sin
448 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
449 Such giddiness of heart and brain
450 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
451 So talks as it's most used to do.
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453=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
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457And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
458into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
459mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
460question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
461hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
462louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
463who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
464worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
465done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
466
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467=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
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4363636d 471"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 472course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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474Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
475
476"Why ain't that work?"
477
478Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
479is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
480
481"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
482
483The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
484to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
485
486That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
487swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
488-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
489watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
490absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
491
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496The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
497at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
498streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
499the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
500live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
501colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
502as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
503wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
504prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
505however much they're into colour.
506
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511Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
512and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
513word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
514disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
515everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
516on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
517that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
518glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
519war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
520presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
521for more hazardous assignment.
522
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527Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
528streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
529trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
530to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
531about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
532of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
533facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
534explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
535Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
536people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
537work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
538their art.
539
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544'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
545the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
546Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
547Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
548responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
549Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
550Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
551Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
552Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
553Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
554
555'Can they all type?' I joked.
556
557'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
558McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
559
560I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
561'We could have opened an agency.'
562
563Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
564Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
565amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
566all say that, do they?' I ventured.
567
568Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
569replied. 'Not quite all.'
570
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587Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
588proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
589the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
590anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
591how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
592
593'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
594
595This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
596that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
597
598'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
599expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
600anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
601sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
602
603This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
604basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
605policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
606disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
607the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
608Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
609and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
610Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
611
612In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
613reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
614
615I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
616Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
617for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
618had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
619work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
620the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
621left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
622pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
623the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
624the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
625
626I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
627publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
628Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
629
630So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
631pushing to increase the membership?
632
633'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
634more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
635futile and impotent it becomes.'
636
637This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
638
639Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
640diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
641
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646There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
647about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
648four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
649anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
650thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
651
652Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
653and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
654press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
655obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
656produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
657this draft...'
658
659I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
660hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
661incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
662
663'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
664redundancy payments as well.'
665
666'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
667it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
668
669'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
670
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675A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
676was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
677and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
678jets and all.
679
680I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
681
682I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
683Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
684specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
685the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
686jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
687grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
688in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
689
690While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
691taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
692me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
693sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
694three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
695plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
696occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
697were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
698
699And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
700were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
701
702Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
703name like Charlie Umtali?
704
705I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
706know something about our official visitor.
707
708Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
709has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
710car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
711to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
712knew little of his background.
713
714I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
715Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
716first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
717
718Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
719
720'Why?' I enquired.
721
722'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
723to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
724never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
725
726Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
727that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
728
729In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
730where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
731revolving door and comes out in front.'
732
733'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
734
735'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
736
737'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
738
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743He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
744he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
745out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
746noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
747must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
748number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
749did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
750
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755=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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757L<Announced on 2007-11-17 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130653.html>
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759=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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761L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
762available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
763
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772 It's not that easy bein' green
773 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 774 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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775 Or something much more colorful like that
776
777 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 778 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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779 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
780 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
781 Or stars in the sky
782
783 But green's the color of Spring
784 And green can be cool and friendly-like
785 And green can be big like an ocean
786 Or important like a mountain
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788
789 When green is all there is to be
790 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
791 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
792 And I think it's what I want to be
793
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798=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
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802Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 803
2831a86c 804Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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810And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
811hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
812cat.
813
814Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 815the wolf? What then?"
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821And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
822bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
823round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
824
825In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
826gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
827climbed up the high stone wall.
828
829One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
830stretched out over the wall.
831
832Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
833Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
834take care that he doesn't catch you!".
835
836The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
837snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
838
839How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 840the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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846This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
847gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
848technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
849about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
850bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
851paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
852in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
853electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
854picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
855to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
856technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
857getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
858sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
859it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
860conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
861
862"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
863that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
864`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
865
866"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
867one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
868flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
869everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
870make you flip?
871
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4363636d 876"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 877you."
4363636d 878
51caa79e 879"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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881"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
882and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 883to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 884
51caa79e 885"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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887"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
888planting it."
889
890"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 891grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 892
51caa79e 893Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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895"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
896Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 897wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 898
51caa79e 899Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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901"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
902how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 903and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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909"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
910
911"Hunting," said Pooh.
912
913"Hunting what?"
914
915"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
916
917"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
918
919"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
920
921"What do you think you'll answer?"
922
923"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
924"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
925you see there?"
926
927"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
928excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
929
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931
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934Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
935ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
936bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
937waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
938droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
939hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
940longbow.
941
942In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
943often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
944placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
945likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
946may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
947Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
948Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
949farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
950grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 951T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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954
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957Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
958ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
959sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
960pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
961shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
962
963The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
964Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 965Caledonia and South America.
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968
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971The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
972often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
973large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
974and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
975spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
976year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
977may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
978
979It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
980branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
981of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
982that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
983
984Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
985other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
986acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
987mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
988
989It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 990heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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992=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
993
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996 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
997 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
998 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
999 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1000
1001 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1002 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1003 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1004 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1005 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1006 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1007 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1008 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1009
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1010 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1011 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1012
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1014=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1015
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1018 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1019 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1020 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1021 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1022
1023 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1024 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1025 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1026 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1027 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1028 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1029
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1031
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1034 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1035 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1036 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1037 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1038 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1039 They are searching high and low,
1040 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1041 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1042 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1043 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1044 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1045 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1046 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1047 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1048 And we're off at last of the northern part
1049 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1050
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1052
1053L<Announced on 2004-03-16 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/8587d77c565f2d43>
1054
1055Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1056
1057=head2 5.005_04 - no epigraph
1058
1059L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1060
1061=head2 5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1062
1063L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
1064
1065The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1066the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1067never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1068them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1069chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1070run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1071and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1072and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1073and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1074the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1075fall.
1076
1077=head2 5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1078
1079L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
1080
1081Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1082plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1083going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1084she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
1085at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
1086cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
1087hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
1088passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
1089disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
1090of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
1091she fell past it.
1092
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1093=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1094
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1097 We are the music makers,
1098 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1099 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1100 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1101 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1102 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1103 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1104 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1106=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1107
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1110 There may be trouble ahead,
1111 But while there's music and moonlight,
1112 And love and romance,
1113 Let's face the music and dance.
1114
1115 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1116 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1117 And while we still have that chance,
1118 Let's face the music and dance.
1119
1120 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1121 Humming a different tune, and then,
1122
1123 There may be teardrops to shed,
1124 So while there's music and moonlight,
1125 And love and romance,
1126 Let's face the music and dance.
1127
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1129
1130L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
1131
1132=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1133
1134L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1135
1136When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1137sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1138a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1139what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1140long in this instance.
1141
1142=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1143
1144L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1145
1146"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1147
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1148=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
1149
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1152 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1153 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1154 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1155 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1156 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1157 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1158
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1159 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1160 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1161 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1162 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1163
1164 O my brave soul!
1165 O farther farther sail!
1166 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1167 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1168
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1170
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1172
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1173 It's fun to charter an accountant
1174 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1175 To find, explore the funds offshore
1176 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1177
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1178=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
1179
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1182 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1183 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1184 In spite of all their friends could say,
1185 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1186 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1187 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1188 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1189 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1190 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1191 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1192
1193 Far and few, far and few,
1194 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1195 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1196 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1197
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1199
1200L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/63a8c34385de82a1>
1201
1202What of October, that ambiguous month
1203
1204=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
1205
1206L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
1207
1208=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1209
1210L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
1211
1212No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1213three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1214like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1215no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1216overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1217
1218=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1219
1220L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
1221
1222Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1223It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1224devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1225then you can be my most trusted minister."
1226
1227=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1228
1229L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
1230
1231Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1232a knife with a curved blade.
1233
1234=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1235
1236L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1237
1238Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1239me because I've got magic aaargh."
1240
1241=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1242
1243L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1244
1245Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1246in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1247with his head.
1248
1249But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1250weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1251open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1252defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1253Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1254was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1255
1256=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1257
1258L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1259
1260When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1261sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1262a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1263what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1264long in this instance.
1265
1266=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1267
1268L<Announced on 2003-11-08 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1269
1270"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1271
1272=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1273
1274L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1275
1276There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1277"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1278said the low priest.
1279There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1280The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1281"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1282The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1283The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1284The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1285thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1286There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1287"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1288said the High Priest.
1289"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1290There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1291"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1292There were footsteps again.
1293
1294=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
1295
1296L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1297
1298=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1299
1300L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1301
1302=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1303
1304L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1305
1306=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1307
1308L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1309
1310Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1311No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1312got there first, and is waiting for it.
1313
1314=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1315
1316L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1317
1318His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1319the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1320all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1321bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1322you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1323
1324=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1325
1326L<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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1328"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1329
1330Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1331
1332"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1333flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1334arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1335and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1336I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1337I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1338will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1339liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1340Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1341ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1342
1343"All that?" said Twoflower.
1344
1345"Usually."
1346
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1351`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1352himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1353upset.
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1355`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1356to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1358Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1359stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1360louder.
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1362`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1363my precious, three guesseses.'
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1372
2831a86c 1373=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 1377=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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1381=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
1382
1383L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1384
1385The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1386but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1387[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1388
1389=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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1391L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
1392
1393 The dragon is withered,
1394 His bones are now crumbled;
1395 His armour is shivered,
1396 His splendour is humbled!
1397 Though sword shall be rusted,
1398 And throne and crown perish
1399 With strength that men trusted
1400 And wealth that they cherish,
1401 Here grass is still growing,
1402 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1403 The white water flowing,
1404 And elves are yet singing
1405 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1406 Come back to the valley.
1407
1408
1409=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
1410
1411L<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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1414
0e6b8110 1415This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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1416on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
1417L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1418by ysth.
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