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0e6b8110 3perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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5=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 7Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
4363636d 8from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or
0e6b8110 9release manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for
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10posterity.
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12I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
13definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
14Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
15
16=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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18=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
19
20=over
21
22The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
23involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
24when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
25streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
26road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
27seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
28smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
29
30"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
31volcano were once more to set to work."
32
33=back
34
35=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
36
37=over
38
39"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
40many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
41Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs—
42what we might call ice-one—is only one of several types of ice.
43Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
44had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
45...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
46"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine—a crystal as
47hard as this desk—with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
48degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
49and-thirty degrees."
50
51=back
52
53=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
54
55=over
56
57San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
58the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
59hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
60of the Free World."
61
62Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
63level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
64harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
65exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
66
67=back
68
69=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
70
71=over
72
73Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
74the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
75just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
76a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
77it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
78of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
79common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
80bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
81
82 Around and around and around we spin,
83 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
84
85=back
86
87=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
88
89=over
90
91'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
92not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
93your cat grins like that?'
94
95'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
96
97She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
98jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
99and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
100
101'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
102that cats COULD grin.'
103
104'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
105
106=back
107
108=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
109
110=over
111
112'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
113have got altered.'
114
115'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
116there was silence for some minutes.
117
118=back
119
120=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
121
122=over
123
124'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
125always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
126rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
127yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
128can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
129kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
130
131=back
132
133=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
134
135=over
136
137At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
138called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
139dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
140in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
141sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
142
143'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
144is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
145the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
146to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
147accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
148Mercia and Northumbria—"'
149
150=back
151
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154=head2 v5.12.0-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
155
156=over
157
158So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
159hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
160making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
161picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
162close by her.
163
164There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
165VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
166dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
167occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
168it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
169OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
170Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
171never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
172take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
173after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
174rabbit-hole under the hedge.
175
176In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
177in the world she was to get out again.
178
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183=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
184
185=over
186
187 A little child, a limber elf,
188 Singing, dancing to itself,
189 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
190 That always finds, and never seeks,
191 Makes such a vision to the sight
192 As fills a father's eyes with light;
193 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
194 Upon his heart, that he at last
195 Must needs express his love's excess
196 With words of unmeant bitterness.
197 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
198 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
199 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
200 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
201 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
202 At each wild word to feel within
203 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
204 And what, if in a world of sin
205 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
206 Such giddiness of heart and brain
207 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
208 So talks as it's most used to do.
209
210=back
211
212=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
213
214=over
215
216And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
217into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
218mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
219question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
220hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
221louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
222who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
223worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
224done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
225
226=back
227
228=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
229
230=over
231
232"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
233course you'd druther work—wouldn't you? Course you would!"
234
235Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
236
237"Why ain't that work?"
238
239Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
240is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
241
242"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
243
244The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
245to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
246
247That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
248swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
249-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
250watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
251absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
252
253=back
254
255
256=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
257
258=over
259
260The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
261at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
262streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
263the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
264live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
265colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
266as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
267wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
268prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
269however much they're into colour.
270
271=back
272
273=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
274
275=over
276
277Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
278and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
279word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
280disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
281everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
282on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
283that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
284glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
285war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
286presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
287for more hazardous assignment.
288
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290
291=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
292
293=over
294
295Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
296streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
297trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
298to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
299about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
300of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
301facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
302explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
303Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
304people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
305work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
306their art.
307
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309
310
311=head2 v5.10.1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
312
313=over
314
315'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
316the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
317Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
318Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
319responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
320Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
321Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
322Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
323Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
324Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
325
326'Can they all type?' I joked.
327
328'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
329McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
330
331I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
332'We could have opened an agency.'
333
334Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
335Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
336amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
337all say that, do they?' I ventured.
338
339Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
340replied. 'Not quite all.'
341
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348=head2 v5.10.0 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
349
350=over
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352He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
353he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
354out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
355noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
356must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
357number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
358did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
359
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372=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
373
374=over
375
376This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
377gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
378technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
379about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
380bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
381paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
382in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
383electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
384picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
385to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
386technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
387getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
388sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
389it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
390conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
391
392"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
393that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
394`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
395
396"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
397one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
398flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
399everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
400make you flip?
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404=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
405
406=over
407
408Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
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412=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
413
414=over
415
416What of October, that ambiguous month
417
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420=head2 v5.8.9 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
421
422=over
423
424Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
425proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
426the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
427anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
428how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
429
430'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
431
432This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
433that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
434
435'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
436expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
437anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
438sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
439
440This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
441basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
442policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
443disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
444the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
445Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
446and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
447Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
448
449In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
450reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
451
452I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
453Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
454for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
455had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
456work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
457the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
458left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
459pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
460the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
461the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
462
463I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
464publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
465Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
466
467So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
468pushing to increase the membership?
469
470'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
471more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
472futile and impotent it becomes.'
473
474This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
475
476Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
477diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
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481=head2 v5.8.9-RC2 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
482
483=over
484
485There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
486about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
487four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
488anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
489thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
490
491Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
492and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
493press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
494obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
495produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
496this draft...'
497
498I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
499hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
500incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
501
502'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
503redundancy payments as well.'
504
505'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
506it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
507
508'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
509
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512=head2 v5.8.9-RC1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
513
514=over
515
516A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
517was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
518and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
519jets and all.
520
521I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
522
523I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
524Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
525specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
526the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
527jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
528grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
529in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
530
531While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
532taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
533me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
534sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
535three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
536plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
537occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
538were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
539
540And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
541were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
542
543Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
544name like Charlie Umtali?
545
546I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
547know something about our official visitor.
548
549Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
550has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
551car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
552to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
553knew little of his background.
554
555I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
556Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
557first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
558
559Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
560
561'Why?' I enquired.
562
563'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
564to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
565never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
566
567Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
568that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
569
570In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
571where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
572revolving door and comes out in front.'
573
574'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
575
576'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
577
578'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
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582=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
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584=over
585
586 It's not that easy bein' green
587 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
588 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
589 Or something much more colorful like that
590
591 It's not easy bein' green
592 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
593 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
594 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
595 Or stars in the sky
596
597 But green's the color of Spring
598 And green can be cool and friendly-like
599 And green can be big like an ocean
600 Or important like a mountain
601 Or tall like a tree
602
603 When green is all there is to be
604 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
605 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
606 And I think it's what I want to be
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610=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
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612=over
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614 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
615
616 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
617
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620=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
621
622=over
623
624And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
625hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
626cat.
627
628Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
629the wolf? What then?"
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633=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
634
635=over
636
637And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
638bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
639round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
640
641In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
642gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
643climbed up the high stone wall.
644
645One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
646stretched out over the wall.
647
648Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
649Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
650take care that he doesn't catch you!".
651
652The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
653snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
654
655How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
656the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
657
658=back
659
660=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
661
662=over
663
664"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
665you."
666
667"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
668
669"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
670and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
671to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
672
673"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
674
675"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
676planting it."
677
678"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
679grow up into a beehive."
680
681Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
682
683"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
684Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
685wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
686
687Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
688
689"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
690how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
691and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
692
693=back
694
695=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
696
697=over
698
699"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
700
701"Hunting," said Pooh.
702
703"Hunting what?"
704
705"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
706
707"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
708
709"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
710
711"What do you think you'll answer?"
712
713"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
714"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
715you see there?"
716
717"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
718excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
719
720=back
721
722=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
723
724=over
725
726Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
727ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
728bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
729waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
730droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
731hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
732longbow.
733
734In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
735often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
736placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
737likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
738may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
739Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
740Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
741farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
742grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
743T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
744
745=back
746
747=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
748
749=over
750
751Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
752ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
753sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
754pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
755shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
756
757The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
758Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
759Caledonia and South America.
760
761=back
762
763=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
764
765=over
766
767The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
768often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
769large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
770and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
771spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
772year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
773may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
774
775It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
776branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
777of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
778that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
779
780Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
781other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
782acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
783mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
784
785It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
786heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
787
788=back
789
790=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
791
792=over
793
794 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
795 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
796 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
797 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
798
799 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
800 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
801 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
802 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
803 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
804 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
805 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
806 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
807
808
809 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
810 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
811
812=back
813
814
815=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
816
817=over
818
819 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
820 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
821 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
822 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
823
824 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
825 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
826 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
827 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
828 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
829 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
830
831=back
832
833=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
834
835=over
836
837 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
838 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
839 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
840 We must find him of the train can't start.'
841 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
842 They are searching high and low,
843 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
844 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
845 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
846 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
847 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
848 He's been busy in the luggage van!
849 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
850 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
851 And we're off at last of the northern part
852 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
853
854=back
855
856=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
857
858=over
859
860 We are the music makers,
861 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
862 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
863 And sitting by desolate streams; --
864 World-losers and world-forsakers,
865 On whom the pale moon gleams:
866 Yet we are the movers and shakers
867 Of the world for ever, it seems.
868
869=back
870
871=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
872
873=over
874
875 There may be trouble ahead,
876 But while there's music and moonlight,
877 And love and romance,
878 Let's face the music and dance.
879
880 Before the fiddlers have fled,
881 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
882 And while we still have that chance,
883 Let's face the music and dance.
884
885 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
886 Humming a different tune, and then,
887
888 There may be teardrops to shed,
889 So while there's music and moonlight,
890 And love and romance,
891 Let's face the music and dance.
892
893=back
894
895=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
896
897=over
898
899 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
900 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
901 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
902 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
903 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
904 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
905
906
907 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
908 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
909 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
910 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
911
912 O my brave soul!
913 O farther farther sail!
914 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
915 O farther, farther, farther sail!
916
917=back
918
919=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
920
921=over
922
923 It's fun to charter an accountant
924 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
925 To find, explore the funds offshore
926 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
927
928=back
929
930=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
931
932=over
933
934 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
935 In a Sieve they went to sea:
936 In spite of all their friends could say,
937 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
938 In a Sieve they went to sea!
939 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
940 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
941 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
942 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
943 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
944
945 Far and few, far and few,
946 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
947 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
948 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
949
950=back
951
952=head2 v5.8.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Color of Magic"
953
954=over
955
956"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
957
958Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
959
960"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
961flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
962arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
963and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
964I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
965I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
966will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
967liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
968Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
969ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
970
971"All that?" said Twoflower.
972
973"Usually."
974
975=back
976
977=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
978
979=over
980
981No matter what she did with her hair it took about
982three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
983like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
984no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
985overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
986
987=back
988
989=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
990
991=over
992
993When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
994sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
995a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
996what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
997long in this instance.
998
999=back
1000
1001=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1002
1003=over
1004
1005"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1006
1007=back
1008
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1012
1013=head2 5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1014
1015=over
1016
1017The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1018the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1019never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1020them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1021chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1022run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1023and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1024and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1025and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1026the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1027fall.
1028
1029=back
1030
1031=head2 5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1032
1033=over
1034
1035Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1036plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1037going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1038she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
1039at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
1040cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
1041hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
1042passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
1043disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
1044of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
1045she fell past it.
1046
1047=back
1048
1049=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
1050
0e6b8110 1051This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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1052on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
1053L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1054by ysth.
1055
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