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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
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8from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
9manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
10and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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12I<Note>: these have also been referred to as <epigrams>, but the
13definition of I<epigraph> is closer to the way they have been used.
14Consult your favorite dictionary for details.
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16=head1 EPIGRAPHS
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18=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
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22The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
23to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
24between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
25cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
26areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
27be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
28As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
29the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
30instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
31interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
32also be automated.
33
34Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
35if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
36were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
37and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
38indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
39techniques like X-ray crystallography.
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41=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
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45[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
46
47Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
48
49[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
50
51Trinity: What did you just say?
52Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
53Trinity: What did you see?
54Cypher: What happened?
55Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
56Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
57Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
58Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
59Neo: What is it?
60Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
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62=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
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66The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
67he storm vanishes.
68
69"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
70fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
71to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
72me?"
73
74I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
75like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
76
77"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
78as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
79on my heart.
80
81(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
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83=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
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87Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
88air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
89the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
90faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
91of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
92the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
93deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
94fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
95stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
96revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
97
98For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
99courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
100the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
101jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
102were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
103there, a glimmer of moonshine.
104
105Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
106rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
107grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
108park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
109described.
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111=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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115CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
116she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
117seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
118
119What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
120of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
121has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
122will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
123only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
124lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
125design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
126periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
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128=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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132The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
133from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
134view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
135Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
136once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
137endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
138a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
139will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
140of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
141Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
142still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
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144=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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148`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
149`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
150it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
151she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
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153 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
154 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
155 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
156 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
157
158
159`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
160
161`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
162nonsense.'
163
164Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
165anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
166
167`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
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169`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
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171`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
172with his nose, you know?'
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174`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
175the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
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177=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
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181Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
182Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
183notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
184for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
185sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
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187Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
188dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
189Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
190motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
191Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
192that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
193had ever even been a car.
194
195There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
196been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
197this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
198flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
199re-entry.
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201There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
202metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
203somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
204make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
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206It should have fallen apart miles back.
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208=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
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212We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
213the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
214in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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215there exist ... special circumstances.
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217=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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221And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
222bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
223yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
224with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
225if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
226bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
227quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
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229=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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233"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
234many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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235Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
236what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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237Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
238had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
239...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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240"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
241hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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242degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
243and-thirty degrees."
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245=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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249San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
250the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
251hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
252of the Free World."
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254Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
255level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
256harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
257exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
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259=head2 v5.12.1-RC1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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263Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
264the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
265just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
266a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
267it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
268of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
269common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
270bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
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272 Around and around and around we spin,
273 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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275=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
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279The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
280involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
281when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
282streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
283road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
284seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
285smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
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287"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
288volcano were once more to set to work."
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290=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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294'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
295not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
296your cat grins like that?'
297
298'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
299
300She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
301jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
302and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
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304'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
305that cats COULD grin.'
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307'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
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309=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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313'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
314have got altered.'
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316'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
317there was silence for some minutes.
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319=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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323'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
324always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
325rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
326yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
327can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
328kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
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330=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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334At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
335called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
336dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
337in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
338sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
339
340'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
341is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
342the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
343to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
344accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 345Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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355So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
356hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
357making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
358picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
359close by her.
360
361There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
362VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
363dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
364occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
365it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
366OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
367Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
368never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
369take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
370after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
371rabbit-hole under the hedge.
372
373In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
374in the world she was to get out again.
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3e340399 380=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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384 A little child, a limber elf,
385 Singing, dancing to itself,
386 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
387 That always finds, and never seeks,
388 Makes such a vision to the sight
389 As fills a father's eyes with light;
390 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
391 Upon his heart, that he at last
392 Must needs express his love's excess
393 With words of unmeant bitterness.
394 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
395 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
396 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
397 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
398 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
399 At each wild word to feel within
400 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
401 And what, if in a world of sin
402 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
403 Such giddiness of heart and brain
404 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
405 So talks as it's most used to do.
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407=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
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411And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
412into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
413mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
414question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
415hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
416louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
417who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
418worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
419done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
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421=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
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4363636d 425"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 426course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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428Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
429
430"Why ain't that work?"
431
432Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
433is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
434
435"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
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437The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
438to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
439
440That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
441swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
442-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
443watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
444absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
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446=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
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450The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
451at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
452streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
453the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
454live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
455colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
456as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
457wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
458prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
459however much they're into colour.
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461=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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465Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
466and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
467word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
468disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
469everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
470on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
471that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
472glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
473war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
474presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
475for more hazardous assignment.
476
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478
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481Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
482streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
483trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
484to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
485about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
486of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
487facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
488explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
489Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
490people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
491work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
492their art.
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495
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498'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
499the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
500Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
501Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
502responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
503Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
504Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
505Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
506Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
507Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
508
509'Can they all type?' I joked.
510
511'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
512McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
513
514I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
515'We could have opened an agency.'
516
517Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
518Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
519amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
520all say that, do they?' I ventured.
521
522Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
523replied. 'Not quite all.'
524
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541Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
542proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
543the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
544anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
545how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
546
547'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
548
549This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
550that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
551
552'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
553expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
554anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
555sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
556
557This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
558basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
559policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
560disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
561the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
562Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
563and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
564Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
565
566In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
567reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
568
569I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
570Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
571for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
572had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
573work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
574the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
575left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
576pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
577the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
578the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
579
580I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
581publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
582Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
583
584So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
585pushing to increase the membership?
586
587'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
588more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
589futile and impotent it becomes.'
590
591This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
592
593Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
594diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
595
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600There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
601about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
602four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
603anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
604thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
605
606Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
607and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
608press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
609obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
610produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
611this draft...'
612
613I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
614hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
615incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
616
617'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
618redundancy payments as well.'
619
620'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
621it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
622
623'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
624
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629A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
630was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
631and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
632jets and all.
633
634I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
635
636I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
637Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
638specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
639the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
640jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
641grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
642in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
643
644While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
645taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
646me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
647sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
648three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
649plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
650occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
651were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
652
653And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
654were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
655
656Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
657name like Charlie Umtali?
658
659I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
660know something about our official visitor.
661
662Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
663has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
664car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
665to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
666knew little of his background.
667
668I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
669Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
670first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
671
672Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
673
674'Why?' I enquired.
675
676'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
677to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
678never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
679
680Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
681that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
682
683In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
684where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
685revolving door and comes out in front.'
686
687'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
688
689'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
690
691'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
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697He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
698he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
699out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
700noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
701must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
702number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
703did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
704
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713=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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716available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
717
718=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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726 It's not that easy bein' green
727 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 728 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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729 Or something much more colorful like that
730
731 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 732 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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733 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
734 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
735 Or stars in the sky
736
737 But green's the color of Spring
738 And green can be cool and friendly-like
739 And green can be big like an ocean
740 Or important like a mountain
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742
743 When green is all there is to be
744 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
745 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
746 And I think it's what I want to be
747
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752=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
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756Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
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2831a86c 758Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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764And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
765hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
766cat.
767
768Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 769the wolf? What then?"
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775And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
776bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
777round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
778
779In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
780gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
781climbed up the high stone wall.
782
783One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
784stretched out over the wall.
785
786Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
787Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
788take care that he doesn't catch you!".
789
790The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
791snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
792
793How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 794the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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800This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
801gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
802technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
803about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
804bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
805paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
806in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
807electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
808picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
809to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
810technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
811getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
812sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
813it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
814conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
815
816"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
817that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
818`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
819
820"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
821one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
822flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
823everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
824make you flip?
825
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827
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4363636d 830"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 831you."
4363636d 832
51caa79e 833"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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835"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
836and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 837to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 838
51caa79e 839"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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841"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
842planting it."
843
844"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 845grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 847Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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849"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
850Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 851wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 853Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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855"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
856how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 857and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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860
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863"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
864
865"Hunting," said Pooh.
866
867"Hunting what?"
868
869"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
870
871"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
872
873"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
874
875"What do you think you'll answer?"
876
877"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
878"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
879you see there?"
880
881"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
882excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
883
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885
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888Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
889ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
890bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
891waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
892droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
893hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
894longbow.
895
896In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
897often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
898placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
899likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
900may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
901Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
902Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
903farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
904grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 905T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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908
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911Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
912ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
913sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
914pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
915shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
916
917The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
918Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 919Caledonia and South America.
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922
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925The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
926often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
927large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
928and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
929spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
930year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
931may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
932
933It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
934branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
935of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
936that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
937
938Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
939other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
940acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
941mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
942
943It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 944heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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947
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949
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950 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
951 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
952 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
953 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
954
955 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
956 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
957 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
958 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
959 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
960 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
961 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
962 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
963
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964 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
965 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
966
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968=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
969
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972 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
973 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
974 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
975 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
976
977 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
978 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
979 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
980 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
981 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
982 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
983
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984=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
985
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987
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988 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
989 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
990 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
991 We must find him of the train can't start.'
992 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
993 They are searching high and low,
994 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
995 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
996 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
997 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
998 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
999 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1000 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1001 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1002 And we're off at last of the northern part
1003 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1004
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1006
1007L<Announced on 2004-03-16 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/8587d77c565f2d43>
1008
1009Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
1010
1011=head2 5.005_04 - no epigraph
1012
1013L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1014
1015=head2 5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1016
1017L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
1018
1019The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1020the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1021never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1022them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1023chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1024run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1025and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1026and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1027and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1028the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1029fall.
1030
1031=head2 5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1032
1033L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
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
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1048
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1051 We are the music makers,
1052 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1053 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1054 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1055 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1056 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1057 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1058 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1060=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1061
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1064 There may be trouble ahead,
1065 But while there's music and moonlight,
1066 And love and romance,
1067 Let's face the music and dance.
1068
1069 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1070 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1071 And while we still have that chance,
1072 Let's face the music and dance.
1073
1074 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1075 Humming a different tune, and then,
1076
1077 There may be teardrops to shed,
1078 So while there's music and moonlight,
1079 And love and romance,
1080 Let's face the music and dance.
1081
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1083
1084L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
1085
1086=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1087
1088L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1089
1090When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1091sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1092a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1093what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1094long in this instance.
1095
1096=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1097
1098L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1099
1100"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1101
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1103
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1106 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1107 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1108 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1109 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1110 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1111 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1112
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1113 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1114 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1115 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1116 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1117
1118 O my brave soul!
1119 O farther farther sail!
1120 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1121 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1122
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1124
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1126
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1127 It's fun to charter an accountant
1128 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1129 To find, explore the funds offshore
1130 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1131
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1132=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
1133
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1136 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1137 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1138 In spite of all their friends could say,
1139 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1140 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1141 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1142 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1143 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1144 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1145 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1146
1147 Far and few, far and few,
1148 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1149 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1150 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1151
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1153
1154L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/63a8c34385de82a1>
1155
1156What of October, that ambiguous month
1157
1158=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
1159
1160L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
1161
1162=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1163
1164L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
1165
1166No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1167three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1168like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1169no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1170overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1171
1172=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1173
1174L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
1175
1176Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1177It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1178devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1179then you can be my most trusted minister."
1180
1181=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1182
1183L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
1184
1185Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1186a knife with a curved blade.
1187
1188=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1189
1190L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1191
1192Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1193me because I've got magic aaargh."
1194
1195=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1196
1197L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1198
1199Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1200in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1201with his head.
1202
1203But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1204weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1205open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1206defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1207Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1208was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1209
1210=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1211
1212L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1213
1214When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1215sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1216a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1217what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1218long in this instance.
1219
1220=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1221
1222L<Announced on 2003-11-08 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1223
1224"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1225
1226=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1227
1228L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1229
1230There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1231"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1232said the low priest.
1233There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1234The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1235"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1236The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1237The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1238The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1239thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1240There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1241"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1242said the High Priest.
1243"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1244There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1245"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1246There were footsteps again.
1247
1248=head2 v5.8.0-RC3 - no epigraph
1249
1250L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1251
1252=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1253
1254L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1255
1256=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1257
1258L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1259
1260=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1261
1262L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1263
1264Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1265No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1266got there first, and is waiting for it.
1267
1268=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1269
1270L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1271
1272His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1273the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1274all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1275bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1276you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1277
1278=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1279
1280L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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1282"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1283
1284Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1285
1286"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1287flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1288arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1289and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1290I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1291I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1292will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1293liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1294Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1295ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1296
1297"All that?" said Twoflower.
1298
1299"Usually."
1300
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1305`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1306himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1307upset.
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1309`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1310to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1312Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1313stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1314louder.
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1316`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1317my precious, three guesseses.'
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1326
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1335=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
1336
1337L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1338
1339The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1340but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1341[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1342
1343=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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1345L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
1346
1347 The dragon is withered,
1348 His bones are now crumbled;
1349 His armour is shivered,
1350 His splendour is humbled!
1351 Though sword shall be rusted,
1352 And throne and crown perish
1353 With strength that men trusted
1354 And wealth that they cherish,
1355 Here grass is still growing,
1356 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1357 The white water flowing,
1358 And elves are yet singing
1359 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1360 Come back to the valley.
1361
1362
1363=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
1364
1365L<Announced on 2000-03-22 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10140.html>
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1367=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
1368
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1371L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1372by ysth.
1373
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