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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 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman
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22L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve
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25This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
26been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
27confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
28how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
29could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
30putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
31I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
32before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
33think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
34all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
35off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
36was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
37The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
38endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
39benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
40boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
41lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
42Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
43resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
44Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
45you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
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47 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
48 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
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50=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
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52L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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55A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
56don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
57without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
58the human experience, the better design we will have.
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60=head2 v5.14.2 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> | http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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62L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian
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65
66It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
67do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
68they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
69catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
70awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
71inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
72
73So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
74mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
75the heart of the programmer.
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77
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78=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, All Art is Quite Useless
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83 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
84 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
85 do so at their peril.
86
87 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
88 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
89 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
90 artist is in accord with himself.
91
92 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
93 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
94 thing is that one admires it intensely.
95
96 All art is quite useless.
97
98 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
99
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101=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, The Third Duina Elegy
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103L<Announced on 2011-08-20 by Ricardo
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106True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
107no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
108not to give roses and other especially auspicious
109things the significance of a human future;
110to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
111and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
112Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
113all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
114And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
115so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
116But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
117Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
118among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
119hurtles all ages along with it forever
120through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
121
122 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
123 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
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125=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
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129Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
130fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
131winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
132down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
133being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
134extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
135but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
136
137Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
138that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
139around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
140fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
141the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
142closed system.
143
144Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
145the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
146/be/ them.'
147
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148=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
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150L<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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152 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
153 you will have gained.
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155=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
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157L<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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159You cannot eat breakfast all day,
160Nor is it the act of a sinner,
161When breakfast is taken away,
162To turn his attention to dinner;
163And it's not in the range of belief,
164To look upon him as a glutton,
165Who, when he is tired of beef,
166Determines to tackle the mutton.
167Ah! But this I am willing to say,
168If it will appease her sorrow,
169I'll marry this lady today,
170And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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172=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> | http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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174L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
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176At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
177my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
178the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
179since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
180already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
181to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
182the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
183can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
184unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
185
186=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
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188L<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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190Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
191Tolerates no work of man.
192Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
193Fetch your clearest honey, please,
194Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
195While the last larks sing and soar,
196From the heather-blossoms sweet
197Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
198And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
199Eleanor makes macaroons!
200
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201=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
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203L<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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205Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
206And terrapin, too, is tasty,
207Lobster I freely endorse,
208In pate or patty or pasty.
209But there's nothing the matter with butter,
210And nothing the matter with jam,
211And the warmest greetings I utter
212To the ham and the yam and the clam.
213For they're food,
214All food,
215And I think very fondly of food.
216Through I'm broody at times
217When bothered by rhymes,
218I brood
219On food.
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221=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> | http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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223L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
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225At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
226myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
227impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
228"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
229gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
230or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
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232I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
233computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
234ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
235would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
236my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
237away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
238won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
239
240So a freely distributable program is born.
241
242=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
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244L<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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246This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
247continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
248aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
249and your bags will be offloaded.
250
251=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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253L<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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255Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
256of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
257by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
258sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
259swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
260down their paved streets.
261
262Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
263obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
264company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
265the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
266govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
267the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
268
269=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
270
271L<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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273But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
274my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
275reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
276wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
277Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
278the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
279This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
280just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
281this had never reached me.
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283=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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285L<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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287 When the full-grown poet came,
288 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
289 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
290 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
291 Nay he is mine alone;
292 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
293 by the hand;
294 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
295 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
296 And wholly and joyously blends them.
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302 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
303 nema ráða vel kunni.
304 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
305 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
306 Sák á telgðu talkni
307 tíu launstafi ristna.
308 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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313L<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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315In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
316granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
317do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
318that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
319generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
320endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
321that fire can truly light the world.
322
323And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
324ask what you can do for your country.
325
326My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
327but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
328
329Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
330ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
331we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
332the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
333asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
334work must truly be our own.
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336=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
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340The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
341to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
342between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
343cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
344areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
345be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
346As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
347the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
348instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
349interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
350also be automated.
351
352Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
353if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
354were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
355and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
356indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
357techniques like X-ray crystallography.
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359=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
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363[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
364
365Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
366
367[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
368
369Trinity: What did you just say?
370Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
371Trinity: What did you see?
372Cypher: What happened?
373Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
374Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
375Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
376Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
377Neo: What is it?
378Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
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380=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
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384The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
385he storm vanishes.
386
387"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
388fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
389to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
390me?"
391
392I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
393like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
394
395"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
396as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
397on my heart.
398
399(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
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405Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
406air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
407the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
408faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
409of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
410the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
411deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
412fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
413stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
414revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
415
416For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
417courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
418the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
419jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
420were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
421there, a glimmer of moonshine.
422
423Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
424rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
425grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
426park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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433`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
434`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
435it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
436she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
437
438 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
439 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
440 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
441 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
442
443
444`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
445
446`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
447nonsense.'
448
449Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
450anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
451
452`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
453
454`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
455
456`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
457with his nose, you know?'
458
459`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
460the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
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466Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
467Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
468notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
469for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
470sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
471
472Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
473dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
474Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
475motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
476Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
477that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
478had ever even been a car.
479
480There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
481been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
482this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
483flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
484re-entry.
485
486There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
487metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
488somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
489make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
490
491It should have fallen apart miles back.
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494
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498the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
499in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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501
502=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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507bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
508yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
509with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
510if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
511bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
512quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
513
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518The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
519involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
520when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
521streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
522road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
523seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
524smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
525
526"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
527volcano were once more to set to work."
528
529=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
530
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533 I saw a huge steam roller,
534 It blotted out the sun.
535 The people all lay down, lay down;
536 They did not try to run.
537 My love and I, we looked amazed
538 Upon the gory mystery.
539 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
540 'The great machine is history!'
541 My love and I, we ran away,
542 The engine did not find us.
543 We ran up to a mountain top,
544 Left history far behind us.
545 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
546 But somehow we don't think so.
547 We went to see where history'd been,
548 And my, the dead did stink so.
549
550=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
551
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554CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
555she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
556seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
557
558What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
559of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
560has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
561will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
562only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
563lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
564design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
565periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
566
567=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
568
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571The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
572from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
573view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
574Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
575once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
576endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
577a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
578will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
579of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
580Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
581still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
582
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584
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587"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
588many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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590what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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592had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
593...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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595hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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596degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
597and-thirty degrees."
598
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603San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
604the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
605hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
606of the Free World."
607
608Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
609level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
610harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
611exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
612
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618the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
619just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
620a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
621it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
622of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
623common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
624bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
625
626 Around and around and around we spin,
627 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
628
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633'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
634not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
635your cat grins like that?'
636
637'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
638
639She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
640jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
641and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
642
643'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
644that cats COULD grin.'
645
646'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
647
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648=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
649
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652'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
653have got altered.'
654
655'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
656there was silence for some minutes.
657
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659
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662'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
663always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
664rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
665yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
666can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
667kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
668
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670
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673At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
674called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
675dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
676in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
677sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
678
679'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
680is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
681the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
682to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
683accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 684Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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694So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
695hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
696making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
697picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
698close by her.
699
700There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
701VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
702dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
703occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
704it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
705OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
706Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
707never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
708take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
709after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
710rabbit-hole under the hedge.
711
712In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
713in the world she was to get out again.
714
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723 A little child, a limber elf,
724 Singing, dancing to itself,
725 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
726 That always finds, and never seeks,
727 Makes such a vision to the sight
728 As fills a father's eyes with light;
729 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
730 Upon his heart, that he at last
731 Must needs express his love's excess
732 With words of unmeant bitterness.
733 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
734 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
735 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
736 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
737 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
738 At each wild word to feel within
739 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
740 And what, if in a world of sin
741 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
742 Such giddiness of heart and brain
743 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
744 So talks as it's most used to do.
745
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747
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750And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
751into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
752mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
753question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
754hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
755louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
756who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
757worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
758done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
759
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760=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
761
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4363636d 764"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 765course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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767Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
768
769"Why ain't that work?"
770
771Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
772is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
773
774"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
775
776The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
777to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
778
779That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
780swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
781-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
782watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
783absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
784
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786
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789The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
790at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
791streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
792the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
793live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
794colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
795as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
796wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
797prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
798however much they're into colour.
799
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801
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804Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
805and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
806word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
807disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
808everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
809on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
810that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
811glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
812war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
813presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
814for more hazardous assignment.
815
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817
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820Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
821streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
822trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
823to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
824about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
825of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
826facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
827explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
828Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
829people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
830work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
831their art.
832
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834
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837'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
838the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
839Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
840Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
841responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
842Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
843Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
844Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
845Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
846Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
847
848'Can they all type?' I joked.
849
850'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
851McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
852
853I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
854'We could have opened an agency.'
855
856Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
857Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
858amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
859all say that, do they?' I ventured.
860
861Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
862replied. 'Not quite all.'
863
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876He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
877he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
878out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
879noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
880must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
881number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
882did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
883
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886L<Announced on 2007-11-25 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130978.html>
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888=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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891
892=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
893
894L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
895available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
896
897=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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901=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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905=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
906
907L<Announced on 2005-04-01 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=20050401150702.2b4a70d5@grubert.mandrakesoft.com>
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909This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
910gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
911technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
912about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
913bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
914paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
915in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
916electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
917picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
918to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
919technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
920getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
921sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
922it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
923conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
924
925"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
926that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
927`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
928
929"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
930one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
931flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
932everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
933make you flip?
934
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939Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
940
941=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
942
943L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/63a8c34385de82a1>
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945What of October, that ambiguous month
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951Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
952proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
953the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
954anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
955how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
956
957'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
958
959This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
960that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
961
962'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
963expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
964anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
965sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
966
967This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
968basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
969policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
970disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
971the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
972Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
973and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
974Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
975
976In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
977reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
978
979I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
980Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
981for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
982had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
983work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
984the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
985left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
986pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
987the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
988the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
989
990I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
991publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
992Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
993
994So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
995pushing to increase the membership?
996
997'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
998more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
999futile and impotent it becomes.'
1000
1001This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1002
1003Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1004diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
1005
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1010There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1011about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1012four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1013anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1014thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1015
1016Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1017and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1018press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1019obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1020produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1021this draft...'
1022
1023I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1024hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1025incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1026
1027'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1028redundancy payments as well.'
1029
1030'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1031it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1032
1033'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1034
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1039A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1040was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1041and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1042jets and all.
1043
1044I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1045
1046I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1047Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1048specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1049the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1050jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1051grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1052in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1053
1054While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1055taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1056me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1057sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1058three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1059plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1060occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1061were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1062
1063And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1064were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1065
1066Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1067name like Charlie Umtali?
1068
1069I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1070know something about our official visitor.
1071
1072Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1073has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1074car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1075to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1076knew little of his background.
1077
1078I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1079Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1080first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1081
1082Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1083
1084'Why?' I enquired.
1085
1086'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1087to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1088never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1089
1090Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1091that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1092
1093In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1094where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1095revolving door and comes out in front.'
1096
1097'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1098
1099'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1100
1101'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
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1107 It's not that easy bein' green
1108 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1109 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1110 Or something much more colorful like that
1111
1112 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1113 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1114 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1115 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1116 Or stars in the sky
1117
1118 But green's the color of Spring
1119 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1120 And green can be big like an ocean
1121 Or important like a mountain
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1123
1124 When green is all there is to be
1125 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1126 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1127 And I think it's what I want to be
1128
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1133Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 1134
2831a86c 1135Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1141And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1142hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1143cat.
1144
1145Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1146the wolf? What then?"
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1152And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1153bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1154round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1155
1156In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1157gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1158climbed up the high stone wall.
1159
1160One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1161stretched out over the wall.
1162
1163Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1164Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1165take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1166
1167The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1168snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1169
1170How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1171the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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4363636d 1177"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1178you."
4363636d 1179
51caa79e 1180"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1182"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1183and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1184to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 1185
51caa79e 1186"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1188"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1189planting it."
1190
1191"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1192grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 1193
51caa79e 1194Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1196"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1197Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1198wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 1199
51caa79e 1200Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1202"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1203how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1204and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1210"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1211
1212"Hunting," said Pooh.
1213
1214"Hunting what?"
1215
1216"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1217
1218"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1219
1220"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1221
1222"What do you think you'll answer?"
1223
1224"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1225"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1226you see there?"
1227
1228"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1229excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1230
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1235Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1236ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1237bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1238waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1239droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1240hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1241longbow.
1242
1243In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1244often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1245placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1246likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1247may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1248Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1249Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1250farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1251grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1252T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1258Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1259ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1260sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1261pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1262shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1263
1264The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1265Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1266Caledonia and South America.
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1272The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1273often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1274large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1275and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1276spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1277year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1278may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1279
1280It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1281branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1282of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1283that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1284
1285Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1286other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1287acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1288mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1289
1290It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1291heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1297 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1298 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1299 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1300 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1301
1302 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1303 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1304 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1305 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1306 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1307 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1308 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1309 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1310
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1311 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1312 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1313
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1315=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
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1319 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1320 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1321 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1322 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1323
1324 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1325 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1326 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1327 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1328 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1329 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1330
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1335 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1336 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1337 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1338 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1339 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1340 They are searching high and low,
1341 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1342 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1343 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1344 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1345 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1346 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1347 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1348 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1349 And we're off at last of the northern part
1350 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1351
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1356 We are the music makers,
1357 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1358 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1359 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1360 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1361 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1362 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1363 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1365=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
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1369 There may be trouble ahead,
1370 But while there's music and moonlight,
1371 And love and romance,
1372 Let's face the music and dance.
1373
1374 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1375 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1376 And while we still have that chance,
1377 Let's face the music and dance.
1378
1379 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1380 Humming a different tune, and then,
1381
1382 There may be teardrops to shed,
1383 So while there's music and moonlight,
1384 And love and romance,
1385 Let's face the music and dance.
1386
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1391 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1392 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1393 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1394 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1395 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1396 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1397
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1398 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1399 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1400 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1401 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1402
1403 O my brave soul!
1404 O farther farther sail!
1405 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1406 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1407
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1412 It's fun to charter an accountant
1413 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1414 To find, explore the funds offshore
1415 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1416
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1417=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
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1421 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1422 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1423 In spite of all their friends could say,
1424 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1425 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1426 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1427 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1428 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1429 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1430 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1431
1432 Far and few, far and few,
1433 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1434 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1435 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1436
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1438
1439L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
1440
1441=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1442
1443L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
1444
1445No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1446three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1447like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1448no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1449overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1450
1451=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1452
1453L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
1454
1455Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1456It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1457devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1458then you can be my most trusted minister."
1459
1460=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1461
1462L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
1463
1464Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1465a knife with a curved blade.
1466
1467=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1468
1469L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1470
1471Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1472me because I've got magic aaargh."
1473
1474=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1475
1476L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1477
1478Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1479in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1480with his head.
1481
1482But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1483weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1484open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1485defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1486Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1487was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1488
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1489=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1490
1491L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1492
1493There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1494"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1495said the low priest.
1496There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1497The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1498"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1499The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1500The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1501The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1502thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1503There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1504"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1505said the High Priest.
1506"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1507There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1508"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1509There were footsteps again.
1510
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1512
1513L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1514
1515=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1516
1517L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1518
1519=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1520
1521L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1522
1523=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1524
1525L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1526
1527Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1528No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1529got there first, and is waiting for it.
1530
1531=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1532
1533L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1534
1535His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1536the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1537all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1538bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1539you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1540
1541=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1542
1543L<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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1545"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1546
1547Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1548
1549"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1550flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1551arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1552and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1553I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1554I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1555will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1556liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1557Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1558ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1559
1560"All that?" said Twoflower.
1561
1562"Usually."
1563
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1565
1566L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1567
1568The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1569but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1570[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1571
1572=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1573
1574L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1575
1576When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1577sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1578a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1579what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1580long in this instance.
1581
1582=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1583
1584L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1585
1586"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1587
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2831a86c 1590L<Announced on 2001-04-08 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33823.html>
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1592`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1593himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1594upset.
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1596`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1597to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1599Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1600stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1601louder.
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1603`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1604my precious, three guesseses.'
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1612No announcement available.
1613
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1624L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
1625
1626 The dragon is withered,
1627 His bones are now crumbled;
1628 His armour is shivered,
1629 His splendour is humbled!
1630 Though sword shall be rusted,
1631 And throne and crown perish
1632 With strength that men trusted
1633 And wealth that they cherish,
1634 Here grass is still growing,
1635 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1636 The white water flowing,
1637 And elves are yet singing
1638 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1639 Come back to the valley.
1640
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1642
1643L<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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1646
1647L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
1648
1649=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
1650
1651L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1652
1653=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1654
1655L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
1656
1657The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1658the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1659never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1660them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1661chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1662run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1663and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1664and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1665and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1666the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1667fall.
1668
1669=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1670
1671L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
1672
1673Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1674plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1675going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1676she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
1677at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
1678cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
1679hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
1680passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
1681disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
1682of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
1683she fell past it.
1684
1685=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
1686
1687L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
1688
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1689=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
1690
0e6b8110 1691This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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1692on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
1693L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1694by ysth.
1695
1696=cut
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