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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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20=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, The Third Duina Elegy
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25True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
26no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
27not to give roses and other especially auspicious
28things the significance of a human future;
29to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
30and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
31Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
32all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
33And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
34so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
35But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
36Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
37among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
38hurtles all ages along with it forever
39through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
40
41 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
42 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
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44=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
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48Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
49fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
50winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
51down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
52being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
53extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
54but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
55
56Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
57that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
58around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
59fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
60the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
61closed system.
62
63Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
64the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
65/be/ them.'
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67=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
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69L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
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71 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
72 you will have gained.
73
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74=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
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76L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
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78You cannot eat breakfast all day,
79Nor is it the act of a sinner,
80When breakfast is taken away,
81To turn his attention to dinner;
82And it's not in the range of belief,
83To look upon him as a glutton,
84Who, when he is tired of beef,
85Determines to tackle the mutton.
86Ah! But this I am willing to say,
87If it will appease her sorrow,
88I'll marry this lady today,
89And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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91=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> | http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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93L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
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95At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
96my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
97the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
98since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
99already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
100to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
101the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
102can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
103unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
104
105=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
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107L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
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109Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
110Tolerates no work of man.
111Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
112Fetch your clearest honey, please,
113Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
114While the last larks sing and soar,
115From the heather-blossoms sweet
116Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
117And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
118Eleanor makes macaroons!
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120=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
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122L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
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124Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
125And terrapin, too, is tasty,
126Lobster I freely endorse,
127In pate or patty or pasty.
128But there's nothing the matter with butter,
129And nothing the matter with jam,
130And the warmest greetings I utter
131To the ham and the yam and the clam.
132For they're food,
133All food,
134And I think very fondly of food.
135Through I'm broody at times
136When bothered by rhymes,
137I brood
138On food.
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140=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> | http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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142L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
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144At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
145myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
146impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
147"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
148gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
149or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
150
151I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
152computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
153ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
154would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
155my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
156away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
157won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
158
159So a freely distributable program is born.
160
161=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
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163L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
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165This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
166continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
167aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
168and your bags will be offloaded.
169
170=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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172L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
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174Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
175of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
176by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
177sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
178swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
179down their paved streets.
180
181Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
182obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
183company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
184the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
185govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
186the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
187
188=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
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190L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
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192But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
193my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
194reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
195wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
196Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
197the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
198This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
199just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
200this had never reached me.
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202=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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204L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.xray.mpe.mpg.de/mailing-lists/perl5-porters/2011-03/msg00560.html>
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206 When the full-grown poet came,
207 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
208 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
209 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
210 Nay he is mine alone;
211 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
212 by the hand;
213 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
214 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
215 And wholly and joyously blends them.
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221 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
222 nema ráða vel kunni.
223 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
224 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
225 Sák á telgðu talkni
226 tíu launstafi ristna.
227 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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230=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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232L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
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234In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
235granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
236do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
237that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
238generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
239endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
240that fire can truly light the world.
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242And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
243ask what you can do for your country.
244
245My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
246but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
247
248Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
249ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
250we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
251the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
252asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
253work must truly be our own.
254
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255=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
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259The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
260to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
261between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
262cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
263areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
264be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
265As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
266the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
267instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
268interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
269also be automated.
270
271Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
272if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
273were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
274and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
275indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
276techniques like X-ray crystallography.
277
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278=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
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282[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
283
284Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
285
286[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
287
288Trinity: What did you just say?
289Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
290Trinity: What did you see?
291Cypher: What happened?
292Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
293Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
294Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
295Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
296Neo: What is it?
297Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
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299=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
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303The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
304he storm vanishes.
305
306"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
307fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
308to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
309me?"
310
311I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
312like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
313
314"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
315as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
316on my heart.
317
318(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
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320=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
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324Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
325air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
326the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
327faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
328of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
329the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
330deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
331fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
332stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
333revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
334
335For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
336courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
337the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
338jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
339were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
340there, a glimmer of moonshine.
341
342Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
343rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
344grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
345park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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348=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
349
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352`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
353`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
354it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
355she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
356
357 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
358 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
359 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
360 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
361
362
363`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
364
365`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
366nonsense.'
367
368Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
369anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
370
371`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
372
373`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
374
375`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
376with his nose, you know?'
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378`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
379the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
380
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381=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
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385Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
386Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
387notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
388for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
389sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
390
391Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
392dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
393Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
394motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
395Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
396that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
397had ever even been a car.
398
399There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
400been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
401this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
402flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
403re-entry.
404
405There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
406metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
407somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
408make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
409
410It should have fallen apart miles back.
411
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412=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
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416We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
417the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
418in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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420
421=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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425And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
426bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
427yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
428with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
429if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
430bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
431quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
432
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433=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
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437The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
438involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
439when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
440streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
441road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
442seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
443smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
444
445"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
446volcano were once more to set to work."
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448=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
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450L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
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452 I saw a huge steam roller,
453 It blotted out the sun.
454 The people all lay down, lay down;
455 They did not try to run.
456 My love and I, we looked amazed
457 Upon the gory mystery.
458 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
459 'The great machine is history!'
460 My love and I, we ran away,
461 The engine did not find us.
462 We ran up to a mountain top,
463 Left history far behind us.
464 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
465 But somehow we don't think so.
466 We went to see where history'd been,
467 And my, the dead did stink so.
468
469=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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471L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
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473CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
474she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
475seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
476
477What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
478of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
479has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
480will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
481only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
482lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
483design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
484periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
485
486=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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488L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
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490The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
491from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
492view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
493Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
494once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
495endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
496a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
497will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
498of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
499Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
500still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
501
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506"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
507many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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509what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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511had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
512...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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514hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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516and-thirty degrees."
517
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522San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
523the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
524hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
525of the Free World."
526
527Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
528level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
529harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
530exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
531
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537the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
538just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
539a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
540it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
541of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
542common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
543bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
544
545 Around and around and around we spin,
546 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
547
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552'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
553not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
554your cat grins like that?'
555
556'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
557
558She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
559jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
560and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
561
562'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
563that cats COULD grin.'
564
565'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
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571'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
572have got altered.'
573
574'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
575there was silence for some minutes.
576
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581'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
582always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
583rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
584yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
585can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
586kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
587
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592At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
593called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
594dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
595in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
596sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
597
598'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
599is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
600the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
601to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
602accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 603Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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613So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
614hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
615making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
616picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
617close by her.
618
619There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
620VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
621dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
622occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
623it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
624OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
625Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
626never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
627take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
628after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
629rabbit-hole under the hedge.
630
631In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
632in the world she was to get out again.
633
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643 Singing, dancing to itself,
644 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
645 That always finds, and never seeks,
646 Makes such a vision to the sight
647 As fills a father's eyes with light;
648 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
649 Upon his heart, that he at last
650 Must needs express his love's excess
651 With words of unmeant bitterness.
652 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
653 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
654 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
655 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
656 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
657 At each wild word to feel within
658 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
659 And what, if in a world of sin
660 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
661 Such giddiness of heart and brain
662 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
663 So talks as it's most used to do.
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666
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669And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
670into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
671mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
672question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
673hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
674louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
675who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
676worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
677done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
678
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680
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686Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
687
688"Why ain't that work?"
689
690Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
691is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
692
693"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
694
695The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
696to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
697
698That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
699swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
700-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
701watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
702absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
703
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708The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
709at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
710streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
711the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
712live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
713colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
714as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
715wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
716prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
717however much they're into colour.
718
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723Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
724and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
725word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
726disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
727everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
728on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
729that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
730glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
731war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
732presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
733for more hazardous assignment.
734
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736
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739Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
740streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
741trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
742to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
743about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
744of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
745facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
746explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
747Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
748people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
749work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
750their art.
751
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753
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756'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
757the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
758Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
759Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
760responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
761Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
762Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
763Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
764Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
765Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
766
767'Can they all type?' I joked.
768
769'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
770McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
771
772I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
773'We could have opened an agency.'
774
775Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
776Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
777amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
778all say that, do they?' I ventured.
779
780Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
781replied. 'Not quite all.'
782
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795He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
796he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
797out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
798noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
799must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
800number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
801did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
802
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814available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
815
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824=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
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828This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
829gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
830technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
831about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
832bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
833paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
834in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
835electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
836picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
837to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
838technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
839getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
840sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
841it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
842conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
843
844"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
845that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
846`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
847
848"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
849one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
850flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
851everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
852make you flip?
853
854=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
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858Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
859
860=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
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864What of October, that ambiguous month
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870Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
871proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
872the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
873anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
874how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
875
876'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
877
878This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
879that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
880
881'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
882expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
883anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
884sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
885
886This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
887basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
888policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
889disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
890the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
891Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
892and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
893Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
894
895In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
896reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
897
898I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
899Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
900for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
901had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
902work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
903the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
904left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
905pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
906the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
907the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
908
909I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
910publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
911Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
912
913So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
914pushing to increase the membership?
915
916'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
917more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
918futile and impotent it becomes.'
919
920This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
921
922Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
923diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
924
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929There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
930about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
931four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
932anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
933thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
934
935Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
936and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
937press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
938obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
939produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
940this draft...'
941
942I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
943hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
944incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
945
946'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
947redundancy payments as well.'
948
949'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
950it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
951
952'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
953
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955
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958A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
959was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
960and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
961jets and all.
962
963I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
964
965I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
966Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
967specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
968the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
969jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
970grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
971in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
972
973While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
974taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
975me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
976sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
977three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
978plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
979occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
980were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
981
982And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
983were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
984
985Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
986name like Charlie Umtali?
987
988I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
989know something about our official visitor.
990
991Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
992has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
993car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
994to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
995knew little of his background.
996
997I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
998Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
999first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1000
1001Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1002
1003'Why?' I enquired.
1004
1005'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1006to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1007never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1008
1009Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1010that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1011
1012In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1013where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1014revolving door and comes out in front.'
1015
1016'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1017
1018'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1019
1020'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1021
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1023
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1026 It's not that easy bein' green
1027 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1028 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1029 Or something much more colorful like that
1030
1031 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1032 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1033 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1034 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1035 Or stars in the sky
1036
1037 But green's the color of Spring
1038 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1039 And green can be big like an ocean
1040 Or important like a mountain
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1042
1043 When green is all there is to be
1044 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1045 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1046 And I think it's what I want to be
1047
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1049
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1052Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 1053
2831a86c 1054Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1057
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1060And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1061hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1062cat.
1063
1064Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1065the wolf? What then?"
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1068
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1071And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1072bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1073round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1074
1075In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1076gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1077climbed up the high stone wall.
1078
1079One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1080stretched out over the wall.
1081
1082Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1083Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1084take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1085
1086The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1087snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1088
1089How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1090the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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1093
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4363636d 1096"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1097you."
4363636d 1098
51caa79e 1099"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1101"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1102and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1103to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 1104
51caa79e 1105"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1107"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1108planting it."
1109
1110"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1111grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 1112
51caa79e 1113Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1115"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1116Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1117wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 1118
51caa79e 1119Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1121"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1122how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1123and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1129"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1130
1131"Hunting," said Pooh.
1132
1133"Hunting what?"
1134
1135"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1136
1137"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1138
1139"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1140
1141"What do you think you'll answer?"
1142
1143"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1144"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1145you see there?"
1146
1147"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1148excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1149
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1154Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1155ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1156bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1157waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1158droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1159hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1160longbow.
1161
1162In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1163often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1164placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1165likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1166may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1167Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1168Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1169farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1170grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1171T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1177Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1178ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1179sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1180pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1181shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1182
1183The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1184Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1185Caledonia and South America.
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1188
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1191The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1192often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1193large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1194and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1195spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1196year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1197may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1198
1199It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1200branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1201of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1202that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1203
1204Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1205other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1206acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1207mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1208
1209It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1210heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1216 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1217 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1218 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1219 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1220
1221 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1222 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1223 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1224 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1225 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1226 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1227 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1228 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1229
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1230 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1231 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1232
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1234=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1235
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1238 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1239 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1240 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1241 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1242
1243 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1244 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1245 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1246 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1247 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1248 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1249
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1251
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1254 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1255 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1256 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1257 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1258 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1259 They are searching high and low,
1260 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1261 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1262 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1263 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1264 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1265 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1266 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1267 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1268 And we're off at last of the northern part
1269 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1270
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1271=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1272
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1275 We are the music makers,
1276 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1277 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1278 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1279 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1280 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1281 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1282 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1284=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1285
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1288 There may be trouble ahead,
1289 But while there's music and moonlight,
1290 And love and romance,
1291 Let's face the music and dance.
1292
1293 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1294 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1295 And while we still have that chance,
1296 Let's face the music and dance.
1297
1298 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1299 Humming a different tune, and then,
1300
1301 There may be teardrops to shed,
1302 So while there's music and moonlight,
1303 And love and romance,
1304 Let's face the music and dance.
1305
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1306=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
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1310 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1311 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1312 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1313 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1314 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1315 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1316
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1317 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1318 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1319 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1320 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1321
1322 O my brave soul!
1323 O farther farther sail!
1324 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1325 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1326
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1328
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1331 It's fun to charter an accountant
1332 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1333 To find, explore the funds offshore
1334 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1335
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1340 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1341 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1342 In spite of all their friends could say,
1343 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1344 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1345 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1346 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1347 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1348 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1349 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1350
1351 Far and few, far and few,
1352 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1353 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1354 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1355
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1360=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1361
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1364No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1365three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1366like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1367no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1368overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1369
1370=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1371
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1374Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1375It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1376devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1377then you can be my most trusted minister."
1378
1379=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1380
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1383Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1384a knife with a curved blade.
1385
1386=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1387
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1390Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1391me because I've got magic aaargh."
1392
1393=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1394
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1397Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1398in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1399with his head.
1400
1401But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1402weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1403open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1404defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1405Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1406was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1407
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1412There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1413"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1414said the low priest.
1415There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1416The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1417"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1418The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1419The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1420The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1421thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1422There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1423"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1424said the High Priest.
1425"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1426There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1427"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1428There were footsteps again.
1429
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1431
1432L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1433
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1436L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1437
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1439
1440L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1441
1442=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1443
1444L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1445
1446Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1447No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1448got there first, and is waiting for it.
1449
1450=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1451
1452L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1453
1454His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1455the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1456all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1457bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1458you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1459
1460=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1461
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1464"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1465
1466Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1467
1468"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1469flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1470arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1471and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1472I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1473I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1474will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1475liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1476Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1477ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1478
1479"All that?" said Twoflower.
1480
1481"Usually."
1482
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1484
1485L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1486
1487The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1488but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1489[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1490
1491=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1492
1493L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1494
1495When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1496sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1497a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1498what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1499long in this instance.
1500
1501=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1502
1503L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1504
1505"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1506
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1511`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1512himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1513upset.
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1515`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1516to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1518Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1519stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1520louder.
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1522`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1523my precious, three guesseses.'
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1532
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1543L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
1544
1545 The dragon is withered,
1546 His bones are now crumbled;
1547 His armour is shivered,
1548 His splendour is humbled!
1549 Though sword shall be rusted,
1550 And throne and crown perish
1551 With strength that men trusted
1552 And wealth that they cherish,
1553 Here grass is still growing,
1554 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1555 The white water flowing,
1556 And elves are yet singing
1557 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1558 Come back to the valley.
1559
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1561
1562L<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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1565
1566L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
1567
1568=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
1569
1570L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1571
1572=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1573
1574L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
1575
1576The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1577the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1578never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1579them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1580chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1581run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1582and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1583and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1584and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1585the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1586fall.
1587
1588=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1589
1590L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
1591
1592Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1593plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1594going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1595she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
1596at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
1597cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
1598hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
1599passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
1600disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
1601of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
1602she fell past it.
1603
1604=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
1605
1606L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
1607
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1609
0e6b8110 1610This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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1612L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1613by ysth.
1614
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