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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
15definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
16Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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18=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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24 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
25 nema ráða vel kunni.
26 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
27 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
28 Sák á telgðu talkni
29 tíu launstafi ristna.
30 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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33=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
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37In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
38granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
39do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
40that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
41generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
42endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
43that fire can truly light the world.
44
45And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
46ask what you can do for your country.
47
48My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
49but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
50
51Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
52ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
53we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
54the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
55asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
56work must truly be our own.
57
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58=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
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62The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
63to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
64between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
65cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
66areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
67be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
68As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
69the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
70instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
71interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
72also be automated.
73
74Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
75if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
76were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
77and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
78indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
79techniques like X-ray crystallography.
80
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81=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
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85[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
86
87Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
88
89[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
90
91Trinity: What did you just say?
92Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
93Trinity: What did you see?
94Cypher: What happened?
95Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
96Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
97Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
98Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
99Neo: What is it?
100Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
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102=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
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106The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
107he storm vanishes.
108
109"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
110fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
111to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
112me?"
113
114I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
115like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
116
117"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
118as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
119on my heart.
120
121(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
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123=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
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127Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
128air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
129the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
130faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
131of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
132the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
133deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
134fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
135stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
136revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
137
138For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
139courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
140the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
141jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
142were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
143there, a glimmer of moonshine.
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145Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
146rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
147grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
148park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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151=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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155`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
156`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
157it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
158she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
159
160 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
161 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
162 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
163 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
164
165
166`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
167
168`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
169nonsense.'
170
171Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
172anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
173
174`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
175
176`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
177
178`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
179with his nose, you know?'
180
181`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
182the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
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184=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
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188Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
189Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
190notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
191for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
192sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
193
194Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
195dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
196Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
197motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
198Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
199that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
200had ever even been a car.
201
202There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
203been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
204this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
205flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
206re-entry.
207
208There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
209metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
210somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
211make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
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213It should have fallen apart miles back.
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215=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
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219We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
220the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
221in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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222there exist ... special circumstances.
223
224=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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228And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
229bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
230yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
231with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
232if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
233bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
234quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
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236=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
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240The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
241involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
242when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
243streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
244road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
245seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
246smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
247
248"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
249volcano were once more to set to work."
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251=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
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255 I saw a huge steam roller,
256 It blotted out the sun.
257 The people all lay down, lay down;
258 They did not try to run.
259 My love and I, we looked amazed
260 Upon the gory mystery.
261 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
262 'The great machine is history!'
263 My love and I, we ran away,
264 The engine did not find us.
265 We ran up to a mountain top,
266 Left history far behind us.
267 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
268 But somehow we don't think so.
269 We went to see where history'd been,
270 And my, the dead did stink so.
271
272=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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276CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
277she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
278seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
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280What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
281of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
282has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
283will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
284only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
285lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
286design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
287periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
288
289=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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293The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
294from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
295view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
296Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
297once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
298endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
299a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
300will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
301of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
302Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
303still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
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305=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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309"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
310many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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311Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
312what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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313Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
314had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
315...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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316"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
317hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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318degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
319and-thirty degrees."
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321=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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325San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
326the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
327hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
328of the Free World."
329
330Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
331level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
332harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
333exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
334
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335=head2 v5.12.1-RC1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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339Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
340the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
341just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
342a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
343it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
344of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
345common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
346bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
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348 Around and around and around we spin,
349 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
350
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351=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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355'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
356not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
357your cat grins like that?'
358
359'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
360
361She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
362jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
363and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
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365'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
366that cats COULD grin.'
367
368'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
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374'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
375have got altered.'
376
377'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
378there was silence for some minutes.
379
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384'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
385always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
386rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
387yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
388can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
389kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
390
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391=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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395At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
396called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
397dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
398in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
399sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
400
401'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
402is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
403the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
404to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
405accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
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416So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
417hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
418making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
419picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
420close by her.
421
422There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
423VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
424dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
425occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
426it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
427OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
428Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
429never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
430take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
431after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
432rabbit-hole under the hedge.
433
434In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
435in the world she was to get out again.
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445 A little child, a limber elf,
446 Singing, dancing to itself,
447 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
448 That always finds, and never seeks,
449 Makes such a vision to the sight
450 As fills a father's eyes with light;
451 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
452 Upon his heart, that he at last
453 Must needs express his love's excess
454 With words of unmeant bitterness.
455 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
456 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
457 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
458 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
459 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
460 At each wild word to feel within
461 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
462 And what, if in a world of sin
463 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
464 Such giddiness of heart and brain
465 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
466 So talks as it's most used to do.
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468=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
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472And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
473into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
474mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
475question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
476hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
477louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
478who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
479worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
480done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
481
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483
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4363636d 486"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 487course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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489Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
490
491"Why ain't that work?"
492
493Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
494is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
495
496"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
497
498The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
499to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
500
501That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
502swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
503-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
504watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
505absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
506
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511The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
512at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
513streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
514the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
515live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
516colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
517as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
518wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
519prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
520however much they're into colour.
521
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526Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
527and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
528word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
529disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
530everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
531on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
532that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
533glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
534war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
535presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
536for more hazardous assignment.
537
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539
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542Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
543streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
544trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
545to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
546about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
547of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
548facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
549explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
550Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
551people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
552work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
553their art.
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559'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
560the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
561Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
562Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
563responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
564Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
565Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
566Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
567Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
568Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
569
570'Can they all type?' I joked.
571
572'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
573McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
574
575I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
576'We could have opened an agency.'
577
578Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
579Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
580amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
581all say that, do they?' I ventured.
582
583Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
584replied. 'Not quite all.'
585
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c7bed260 594=head2 v5.10.0 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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598He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
599he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
600out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
601noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
602must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
603number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
604did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
605
606=head2 v5.10.0-RC2 - no epigraph
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610=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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614=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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617available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
618
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627=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
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631This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
632gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
633technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
634about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
635bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
636paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
637in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
638electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
639picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
640to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
641technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
642getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
643sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
644it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
645conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
646
647"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
648that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
649`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
650
651"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
652one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
653flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
654everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
655make you flip?
656
657=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
658
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661Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
662
663=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
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667What of October, that ambiguous month
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673Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
674proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
675the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
676anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
677how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
678
679'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
680
681This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
682that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
683
684'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
685expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
686anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
687sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
688
689This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
690basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
691policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
692disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
693the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
694Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
695and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
696Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
697
698In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
699reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
700
701I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
702Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
703for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
704had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
705work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
706the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
707left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
708pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
709the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
710the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
711
712I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
713publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
714Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
715
716So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
717pushing to increase the membership?
718
719'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
720more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
721futile and impotent it becomes.'
722
723This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
724
725Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
726diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
727
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732There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
733about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
734four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
735anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
736thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
737
738Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
739and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
740press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
741obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
742produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
743this draft...'
744
745I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
746hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
747incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
748
749'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
750redundancy payments as well.'
751
752'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
753it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
754
755'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
756
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761A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
762was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
763and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
764jets and all.
765
766I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
767
768I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
769Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
770specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
771the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
772jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
773grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
774in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
775
776While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
777taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
778me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
779sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
780three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
781plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
782occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
783were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
784
785And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
786were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
787
788Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
789name like Charlie Umtali?
790
791I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
792know something about our official visitor.
793
794Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
795has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
796car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
797to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
798knew little of his background.
799
800I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
801Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
802first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
803
804Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
805
806'Why?' I enquired.
807
808'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
809to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
810never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
811
812Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
813that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
814
815In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
816where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
817revolving door and comes out in front.'
818
819'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
820
821'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
822
823'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
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829 It's not that easy bein' green
830 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 831 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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833
834 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 835 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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837 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
838 Or stars in the sky
839
840 But green's the color of Spring
841 And green can be cool and friendly-like
842 And green can be big like an ocean
843 Or important like a mountain
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845
846 When green is all there is to be
847 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
848 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
849 And I think it's what I want to be
850
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852
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855Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
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863And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
864hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
865cat.
866
867Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 868the wolf? What then?"
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874And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
875bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
876round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
877
878In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
879gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
880climbed up the high stone wall.
881
882One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
883stretched out over the wall.
884
885Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
886Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
887take care that he doesn't catch you!".
888
889The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
890snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
891
892How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 893the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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896
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4363636d 899"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 900you."
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51caa79e 902"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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904"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
905and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 906to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 907
51caa79e 908"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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910"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
911planting it."
912
913"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 914grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 916Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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918"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
919Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 920wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 922Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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924"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
925how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 926and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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932"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
933
934"Hunting," said Pooh.
935
936"Hunting what?"
937
938"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
939
940"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
941
942"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
943
944"What do you think you'll answer?"
945
946"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
947"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
948you see there?"
949
950"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
951excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
952
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954
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957Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
958ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
959bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
960waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
961droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
962hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
963longbow.
964
965In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
966often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
967placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
968likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
969may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
970Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
971Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
972farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
973grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 974T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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977
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980Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
981ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
982sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
983pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
984shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
985
986The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
987Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 988Caledonia and South America.
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991
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994The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
995often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
996large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
997and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
998spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
999year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1000may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1001
1002It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1003branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1004of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1005that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1006
1007Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1008other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1009acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1010mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1011
1012It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1013heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1016
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1019 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1020 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1021 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1022 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1023
1024 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1025 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1026 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1027 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1028 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1029 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1030 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1031 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1032
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1033 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1034 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1035
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1037=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1038
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1041 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1042 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1043 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1044 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1045
1046 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1047 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1048 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1049 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1050 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1051 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1052
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1054
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1057 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1058 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1059 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1060 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1061 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1062 They are searching high and low,
1063 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1064 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1065 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1066 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1067 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1068 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1069 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1070 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1071 And we're off at last of the northern part
1072 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1073
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1074=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1075
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1078 We are the music makers,
1079 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1080 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1081 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1082 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1083 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1084 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1085 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1087=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1088
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1091 There may be trouble ahead,
1092 But while there's music and moonlight,
1093 And love and romance,
1094 Let's face the music and dance.
1095
1096 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1097 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1098 And while we still have that chance,
1099 Let's face the music and dance.
1100
1101 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1102 Humming a different tune, and then,
1103
1104 There may be teardrops to shed,
1105 So while there's music and moonlight,
1106 And love and romance,
1107 Let's face the music and dance.
1108
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1110
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1113 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1114 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1115 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1116 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1117 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1118 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1119
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1120 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1121 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1122 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1123 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1124
1125 O my brave soul!
1126 O farther farther sail!
1127 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1128 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1129
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1131
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1132L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/7669de5804b792f6>
1133
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1134 It's fun to charter an accountant
1135 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1136 To find, explore the funds offshore
1137 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1138
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1140
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1143 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1144 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1145 In spite of all their friends could say,
1146 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1147 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1148 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1149 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1150 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1151 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1152 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1153
1154 Far and few, far and few,
1155 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1156 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1157 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1158
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1160
1161L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
1162
1163=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1164
1165L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
1166
1167No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1168three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1169like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1170no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1171overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1172
1173=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1174
1175L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
1176
1177Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1178It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1179devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1180then you can be my most trusted minister."
1181
1182=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1183
1184L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
1185
1186Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1187a knife with a curved blade.
1188
1189=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1190
1191L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1192
1193Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1194me because I've got magic aaargh."
1195
1196=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1197
1198L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1199
1200Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1201in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1202with his head.
1203
1204But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1205weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1206open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1207defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1208Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1209was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1210
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1212
1213L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1214
1215There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1216"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1217said the low priest.
1218There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1219The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1220"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1221The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1222The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1223The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1224thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1225There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1226"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1227said the High Priest.
1228"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1229There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1230"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1231There were footsteps again.
1232
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1234
1235L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1236
1237=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1238
1239L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1240
1241=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1242
1243L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1244
1245=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1246
1247L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1248
1249Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1250No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1251got there first, and is waiting for it.
1252
1253=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1254
1255L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1256
1257His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1258the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1259all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1260bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1261you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1262
1263=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1264
1265L<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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1267"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1268
1269Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1270
1271"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1272flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1273arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1274and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1275I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1276I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1277will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1278liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1279Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1280ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1281
1282"All that?" said Twoflower.
1283
1284"Usually."
1285
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1287
1288L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1289
1290The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1291but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1292[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1293
1294=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1295
1296L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1297
1298When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1299sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1300a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1301what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1302long in this instance.
1303
1304=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1305
1306L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1307
1308"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1309
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1314`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1315himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1316upset.
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1318`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1319to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1321Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1322stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1323louder.
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1325`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1326my precious, three guesseses.'
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1335
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1347
1348 The dragon is withered,
1349 His bones are now crumbled;
1350 His armour is shivered,
1351 His splendour is humbled!
1352 Though sword shall be rusted,
1353 And throne and crown perish
1354 With strength that men trusted
1355 And wealth that they cherish,
1356 Here grass is still growing,
1357 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1358 The white water flowing,
1359 And elves are yet singing
1360 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1361 Come back to the valley.
1362
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1364
1365L<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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1368
1369L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
1370
1371=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
1372
1373L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1374
1375=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1376
1377L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
1378
1379The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1380the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1381never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1382them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1383chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1384run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1385and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1386and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1387and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1388the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1389fall.
1390
1391=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1392
1393L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
1394
1395Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1396plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1397going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1398she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
1399at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
1400cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
1401hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
1402passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
1403disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
1404of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
1405she fell past it.
1406
1407=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
1408
1409L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
1410
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1412
0e6b8110 1413This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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1415L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1416by ysth.
1417
1418=cut
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4363636d 1420# vim:tw=72: