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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 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, All Art is Quite Useless
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25 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
26 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
27 do so at their peril.
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29 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
30 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
31 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
32 artist is in accord with himself.
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34 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
35 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
36 thing is that one admires it intensely.
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38 All art is quite useless.
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40 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
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43=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, The Third Duina Elegy
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48True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
49no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
50not to give roses and other especially auspicious
51things the significance of a human future;
52to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
53and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
54Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
55all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
56And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
57so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
58But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
59Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
60among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
61hurtles all ages along with it forever
62through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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64 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
65 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
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67=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
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71Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
72fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
73winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
74down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
75being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
76extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
77but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
78
79Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
80that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
81around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
82fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
83the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
84closed system.
85
86Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
87the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
88/be/ them.'
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90=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
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92L<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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94 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
95 you will have gained.
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97=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
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99L<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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101You cannot eat breakfast all day,
102Nor is it the act of a sinner,
103When breakfast is taken away,
104To turn his attention to dinner;
105And it's not in the range of belief,
106To look upon him as a glutton,
107Who, when he is tired of beef,
108Determines to tackle the mutton.
109Ah! But this I am willing to say,
110If it will appease her sorrow,
111I'll marry this lady today,
112And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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114=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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118At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
119my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
120the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
121since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
122already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
123to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
124the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
125can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
126unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
127
128=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
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130L<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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132Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
133Tolerates no work of man.
134Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
135Fetch your clearest honey, please,
136Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
137While the last larks sing and soar,
138From the heather-blossoms sweet
139Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
140And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
141Eleanor makes macaroons!
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143=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
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145L<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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147Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
148And terrapin, too, is tasty,
149Lobster I freely endorse,
150In pate or patty or pasty.
151But there's nothing the matter with butter,
152And nothing the matter with jam,
153And the warmest greetings I utter
154To the ham and the yam and the clam.
155For they're food,
156All food,
157And I think very fondly of food.
158Through I'm broody at times
159When bothered by rhymes,
160I brood
161On food.
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163=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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165L<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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167At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
168myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
169impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
170"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
171gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
172or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
173
174I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
175computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
176ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
177would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
178my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
179away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
180won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
181
182So a freely distributable program is born.
183
184=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
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186L<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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188This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
189continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
190aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
191and your bags will be offloaded.
192
193=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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195L<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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197Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
198of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
199by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
200sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
201swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
202down their paved streets.
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204Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
205obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
206company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
207the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
208govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
209the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
210
211=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
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213L<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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215But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
216my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
217reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
218wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
219Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
220the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
221This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
222just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
223this had never reached me.
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225=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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227L<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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229 When the full-grown poet came,
230 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
231 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
232 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
233 Nay he is mine alone;
234 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
235 by the hand;
236 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
237 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
238 And wholly and joyously blends them.
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244 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
245 nema ráða vel kunni.
246 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
247 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
248 Sák á telgðu talkni
249 tíu launstafi ristna.
250 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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253=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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255L<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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257In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
258granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
259do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
260that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
261generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
262endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
263that fire can truly light the world.
264
265And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
266ask what you can do for your country.
267
268My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
269but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
270
271Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
272ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
273we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
274the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
275asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
276work must truly be our own.
277
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278=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
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282The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
283to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
284between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
285cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
286areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
287be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
288As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
289the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
290instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
291interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
292also be automated.
293
294Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
295if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
296were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
297and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
298indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
299techniques like X-ray crystallography.
300
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301=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
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305[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
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307Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
308
309[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
310
311Trinity: What did you just say?
312Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
313Trinity: What did you see?
314Cypher: What happened?
315Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
316Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
317Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
318Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
319Neo: What is it?
320Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
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322=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
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326The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
327he storm vanishes.
328
329"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
330fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
331to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
332me?"
333
334I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
335like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
336
337"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
338as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
339on my heart.
340
341(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
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343=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
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347Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
348air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
349the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
350faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
351of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
352the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
353deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
354fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
355stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
356revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
357
358For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
359courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
360the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
361jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
362were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
363there, a glimmer of moonshine.
364
365Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
366rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
367grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
368park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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371=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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375`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
376`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
377it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
378she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
379
380 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
381 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
382 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
383 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
384
385
386`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
387
388`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
389nonsense.'
390
391Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
392anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
393
394`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
395
396`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
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398`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
399with his nose, you know?'
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401`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
402the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
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404=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
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408Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
409Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
410notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
411for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
412sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
413
414Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
415dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
416Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
417motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
418Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
419that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
420had ever even been a car.
421
422There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
423been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
424this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
425flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
426re-entry.
427
428There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
429metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
430somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
431make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
432
433It should have fallen apart miles back.
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435=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
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439We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
440the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
441in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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442there exist ... special circumstances.
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444=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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448And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
449bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
450yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
451with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
452if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
453bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
454quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
455
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456=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
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458L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
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460The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
461involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
462when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
463streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
464road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
465seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
466smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
467
468"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
469volcano were once more to set to work."
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471=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
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473L<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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475 I saw a huge steam roller,
476 It blotted out the sun.
477 The people all lay down, lay down;
478 They did not try to run.
479 My love and I, we looked amazed
480 Upon the gory mystery.
481 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
482 'The great machine is history!'
483 My love and I, we ran away,
484 The engine did not find us.
485 We ran up to a mountain top,
486 Left history far behind us.
487 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
488 But somehow we don't think so.
489 We went to see where history'd been,
490 And my, the dead did stink so.
491
492=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
493
494L<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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496CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
497she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
498seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
499
500What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
501of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
502has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
503will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
504only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
505lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
506design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
507periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
508
509=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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513The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
514from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
515view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
516Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
517once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
518endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
519a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
520will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
521of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
522Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
523still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
524
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526
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530many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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532what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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534had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
535...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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537hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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539and-thirty degrees."
540
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545San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
546the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
547hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
548of the Free World."
549
550Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
551level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
552harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
553exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
554
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556
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560the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
561just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
562a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
563it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
564of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
565common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
566bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
567
568 Around and around and around we spin,
569 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
570
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575'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
576not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
577your cat grins like that?'
578
579'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
580
581She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
582jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
583and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
584
585'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
586that cats COULD grin.'
587
588'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
589
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591
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594'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
595have got altered.'
596
597'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
598there was silence for some minutes.
599
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601
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604'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
605always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
606rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
607yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
608can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
609kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
610
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612
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615At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
616called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
617dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
618in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
619sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
620
621'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
622is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
623the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
624to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
625accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 626Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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636So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
637hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
638making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
639picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
640close by her.
641
642There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
643VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
644dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
645occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
646it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
647OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
648Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
649never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
650take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
651after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
652rabbit-hole under the hedge.
653
654In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
655in the world she was to get out again.
656
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665 A little child, a limber elf,
666 Singing, dancing to itself,
667 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
668 That always finds, and never seeks,
669 Makes such a vision to the sight
670 As fills a father's eyes with light;
671 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
672 Upon his heart, that he at last
673 Must needs express his love's excess
674 With words of unmeant bitterness.
675 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
676 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
677 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
678 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
679 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
680 At each wild word to feel within
681 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
682 And what, if in a world of sin
683 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
684 Such giddiness of heart and brain
685 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
686 So talks as it's most used to do.
687
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689
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692And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
693into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
694mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
695question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
696hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
697louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
698who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
699worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
700done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
701
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703
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4363636d 706"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 707course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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709Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
710
711"Why ain't that work?"
712
713Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
714is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
715
716"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
717
718The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
719to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
720
721That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
722swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
723-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
724watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
725absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
726
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728
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731The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
732at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
733streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
734the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
735live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
736colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
737as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
738wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
739prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
740however much they're into colour.
741
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743
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746Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
747and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
748word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
749disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
750everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
751on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
752that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
753glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
754war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
755presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
756for more hazardous assignment.
757
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758=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
759
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762Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
763streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
764trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
765to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
766about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
767of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
768facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
769explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
770Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
771people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
772work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
773their art.
774
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776
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779'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
780the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
781Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
782Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
783responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
784Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
785Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
786Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
787Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
788Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
789
790'Can they all type?' I joked.
791
792'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
793McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
794
795I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
796'We could have opened an agency.'
797
798Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
799Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
800amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
801all say that, do they?' I ventured.
802
803Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
804replied. 'Not quite all.'
805
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818He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
819he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
820out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
821noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
822must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
823number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
824did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
825
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834=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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838
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843=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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847=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
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851This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
852gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
853technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
854about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
855bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
856paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
857in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
858electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
859picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
860to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
861technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
862getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
863sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
864it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
865conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
866
867"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
868that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
869`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
870
871"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
872one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
873flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
874everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
875make you flip?
876
877=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
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881Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
882
883=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
884
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887What of October, that ambiguous month
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890
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893Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
894proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
895the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
896anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
897how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
898
899'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
900
901This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
902that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
903
904'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
905expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
906anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
907sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
908
909This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
910basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
911policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
912disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
913the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
914Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
915and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
916Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
917
918In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
919reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
920
921I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
922Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
923for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
924had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
925work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
926the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
927left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
928pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
929the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
930the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
931
932I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
933publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
934Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
935
936So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
937pushing to increase the membership?
938
939'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
940more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
941futile and impotent it becomes.'
942
943This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
944
945Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
946diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
947
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952There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
953about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
954four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
955anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
956thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
957
958Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
959and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
960press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
961obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
962produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
963this draft...'
964
965I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
966hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
967incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
968
969'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
970redundancy payments as well.'
971
972'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
973it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
974
975'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
976
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977=head2 v5.8.9-RC1 - Right Hon. James Hacker MP, "The Complete Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister"
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981A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
982was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
983and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
984jets and all.
985
986I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
987
988I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
989Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
990specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
991the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
992jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
993grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
994in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
995
996While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
997taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
998me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
999sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1000three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1001plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1002occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1003were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1004
1005And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1006were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1007
1008Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1009name like Charlie Umtali?
1010
1011I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1012know something about our official visitor.
1013
1014Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1015has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1016car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1017to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1018knew little of his background.
1019
1020I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1021Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1022first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1023
1024Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1025
1026'Why?' I enquired.
1027
1028'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1029to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1030never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1031
1032Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1033that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1034
1035In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1036where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1037revolving door and comes out in front.'
1038
1039'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1040
1041'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1042
1043'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1044
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1046
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1049 It's not that easy bein' green
1050 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1051 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1052 Or something much more colorful like that
1053
1054 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1055 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1056 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1057 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1058 Or stars in the sky
1059
1060 But green's the color of Spring
1061 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1062 And green can be big like an ocean
1063 Or important like a mountain
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1064 Or tall like a tree
1065
1066 When green is all there is to be
1067 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1068 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1069 And I think it's what I want to be
1070
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1075Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 1076
2831a86c 1077Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1079=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
1080
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1083And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1084hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1085cat.
1086
1087Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1088the wolf? What then?"
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1090=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
1091
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1094And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1095bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1096round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1097
1098In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1099gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1100climbed up the high stone wall.
1101
1102One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1103stretched out over the wall.
1104
1105Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1106Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1107take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1108
1109The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1110snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1111
1112How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1113the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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1115=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
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4363636d 1119"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1120you."
4363636d 1121
51caa79e 1122"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1124"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1125and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1126to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 1127
51caa79e 1128"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1130"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1131planting it."
1132
1133"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1134grow up into a beehive."
4363636d 1135
51caa79e 1136Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1138"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1139Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1140wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
4363636d 1141
51caa79e 1142Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1143
1144"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1145how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1146and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1148=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
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1152"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1153
1154"Hunting," said Pooh.
1155
1156"Hunting what?"
1157
1158"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1159
1160"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1161
1162"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1163
1164"What do you think you'll answer?"
1165
1166"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1167"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1168you see there?"
1169
1170"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1171excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1172
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1173=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
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1177Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1178ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1179bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1180waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1181droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1182hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1183longbow.
1184
1185In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1186often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1187placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1188likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1189may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1190Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1191Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1192farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1193grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1194T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1196=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
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1200Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1201ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1202sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1203pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1204shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1205
1206The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1207Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1208Caledonia and South America.
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1210=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
1211
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1214The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1215often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1216large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1217and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1218spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1219year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1220may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1221
1222It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1223branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1224of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1225that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1226
1227Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1228other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1229acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1230mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1231
1232It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1233heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1235=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
1236
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1239 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1240 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1241 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1242 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1243
1244 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1245 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1246 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1247 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1248 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1249 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1250 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1251 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1252
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1253 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1254 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1255
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1256
1257=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1258
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1261 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1262 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1263 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1264 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1265
1266 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1267 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1268 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1269 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1270 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1271 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1272
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1273=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
1274
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1277 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1278 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1279 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1280 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1281 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1282 They are searching high and low,
1283 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1284 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1285 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1286 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1287 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1288 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1289 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1290 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1291 And we're off at last of the northern part
1292 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1293
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1294=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1295
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1298 We are the music makers,
1299 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1300 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1301 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1302 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1303 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1304 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1305 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1307=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
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1311 There may be trouble ahead,
1312 But while there's music and moonlight,
1313 And love and romance,
1314 Let's face the music and dance.
1315
1316 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1317 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1318 And while we still have that chance,
1319 Let's face the music and dance.
1320
1321 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1322 Humming a different tune, and then,
1323
1324 There may be teardrops to shed,
1325 So while there's music and moonlight,
1326 And love and romance,
1327 Let's face the music and dance.
1328
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1329=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
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1333 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1334 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1335 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1336 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1337 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1338 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1339
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1340 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1341 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1342 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1343 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1344
1345 O my brave soul!
1346 O farther farther sail!
1347 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1348 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1349
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1350=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle/John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
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1354 It's fun to charter an accountant
1355 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1356 To find, explore the funds offshore
1357 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1358
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1359=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
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1363 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1364 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1365 In spite of all their friends could say,
1366 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1367 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1368 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1369 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1370 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1371 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1372 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1373
1374 Far and few, far and few,
1375 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1376 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1377 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1378
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1383=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1384
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1387No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1388three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1389like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1390no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1391overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1392
1393=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1394
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1397Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1398It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1399devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1400then you can be my most trusted minister."
1401
1402=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
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1406Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1407a knife with a curved blade.
1408
1409=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
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1413Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1414me because I've got magic aaargh."
1415
1416=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1417
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1420Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1421in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1422with his head.
1423
1424But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1425weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1426open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1427defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1428Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1429was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1430
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1432
1433L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1434
1435There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1436"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1437said the low priest.
1438There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1439The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1440"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1441The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1442The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1443The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1444thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1445There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1446"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1447said the High Priest.
1448"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1449There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1450"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1451There were footsteps again.
1452
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1454
1455L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1456
1457=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1458
1459L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1460
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1462
1463L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1464
1465=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1466
1467L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1468
1469Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1470No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1471got there first, and is waiting for it.
1472
1473=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1474
1475L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1476
1477His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1478the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1479all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1480bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1481you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1482
1483=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1484
1485L<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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1487"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1488
1489Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1490
1491"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1492flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1493arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1494and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1495I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1496I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1497will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1498liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1499Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1500ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1501
1502"All that?" said Twoflower.
1503
1504"Usually."
1505
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1507
1508L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1509
1510The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1511but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1512[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1513
1514=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1515
1516L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1517
1518When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1519sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1520a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1521what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1522long in this instance.
1523
1524=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1525
1526L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1527
1528"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1529
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1534`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1535himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1536upset.
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1538`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1539to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1541Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1542stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1543louder.
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1545`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1546my precious, three guesseses.'
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1555
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1567
1568 The dragon is withered,
1569 His bones are now crumbled;
1570 His armour is shivered,
1571 His splendour is humbled!
1572 Though sword shall be rusted,
1573 And throne and crown perish
1574 With strength that men trusted
1575 And wealth that they cherish,
1576 Here grass is still growing,
1577 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1578 The white water flowing,
1579 And elves are yet singing
1580 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1581 Come back to the valley.
1582
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1584
1585L<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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1588
1589L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
1590
1591=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
1592
1593L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1594
1595=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1596
1597L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
1598
1599The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1600the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1601never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1602them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1603chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1604run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1605and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1606and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1607and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1608the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1609fall.
1610
1611=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1612
1613L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
1614
1615Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1616plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1617going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1618she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
1619at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
1620cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
1621hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
1622passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
1623disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
1624of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
1625she fell past it.
1626
1627=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
1628
1629L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
1630
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1632
0e6b8110 1633This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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1634on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
1635L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1636by ysth.
1637
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