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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 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, A Wizard of Earthsea
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22Announced on 2011-12-20 by Dave Rolsky
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24Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
25into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
26beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
27winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
28wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
29over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
30
31But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
32gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
33villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
34journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
35domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
36with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
37by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
38Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
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40=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman
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42L<Announced on 2011-11-20 by Steve
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45This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
46been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
47confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
48how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
49could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
50putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
51I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
52before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
53think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
54all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
55off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
56was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
57The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
58endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
59benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
60boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
61lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
62Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
63resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
64Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
65you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
66
67 -- Nikolai Gogol, The Diary of a Madman,
68 trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky
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70=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
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72L<Announced on 2011-10-20 by Florian
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75A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
76don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
77without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
78the human experience, the better design we will have.
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80=head2 v5.14.2 - 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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82L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian
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85
86It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
87do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
88they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
89catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
90awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
91inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
92
93So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
94mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
95the heart of the programmer.
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98=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, All Art is Quite Useless
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103 All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
104 the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
105 do so at their peril.
106
107 It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
108 Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
109 work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
110 artist is in accord with himself.
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112 We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
113 he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
114 thing is that one admires it intensely.
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116 All art is quite useless.
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118 -- Oscar Wilde, From the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
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121=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, The Third Duina Elegy
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123L<Announced on 2011-08-20 by Ricardo
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126True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
127no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
128not to give roses and other especially auspicious
129things the significance of a human future;
130to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
131and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
132Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
133all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
134And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
135so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
136But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
137Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
138among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
139hurtles all ages along with it forever
140through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
141
142 -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino, The First Elegy
143 trans., C. F. MacIntyre
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145=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
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149Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
150fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
151winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
152down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
153being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
154extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
155but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
156
157Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
158that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
159around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
160fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
161the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
162closed system.
163
164Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
165the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
166/be/ them.'
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168=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
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170L<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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172 If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all
173 you will have gained.
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175=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
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177L<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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179You cannot eat breakfast all day,
180Nor is it the act of a sinner,
181When breakfast is taken away,
182To turn his attention to dinner;
183And it's not in the range of belief,
184To look upon him as a glutton,
185Who, when he is tired of beef,
186Determines to tackle the mutton.
187Ah! But this I am willing to say,
188If it will appease her sorrow,
189I'll marry this lady today,
190And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
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192=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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194L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
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196At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
197my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
198the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
199since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
200already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
201to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
202the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
203can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
204unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
205
206=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
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208L<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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210Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
211Tolerates no work of man.
212Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
213Fetch your clearest honey, please,
214Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
215While the last larks sing and soar,
216From the heather-blossoms sweet
217Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
218And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
219Eleanor makes macaroons!
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221=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
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223L<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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225Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
226And terrapin, too, is tasty,
227Lobster I freely endorse,
228In pate or patty or pasty.
229But there's nothing the matter with butter,
230And nothing the matter with jam,
231And the warmest greetings I utter
232To the ham and the yam and the clam.
233For they're food,
234All food,
235And I think very fondly of food.
236Through I'm broody at times
237When bothered by rhymes,
238I brood
239On food.
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243L<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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245At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
246myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
247impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
248"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
249gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
250or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
251
252I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
253computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
254ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
255would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
256my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
257away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
258won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
259
260So a freely distributable program is born.
261
262=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
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264L<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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266This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
267continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
268aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
269and your bags will be offloaded.
270
271=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, Fordlandia, "the Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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273L<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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275Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
276of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
277by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
278sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
279swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
280down their paved streets.
281
282Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
283obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
284company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
285the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
286govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
287the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
288
289=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
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291L<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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293But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
294my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
295reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
296wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
297Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
298the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
299This seemed doubly astounding to meE<0x2014>first that Australia could
300just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
301this had never reached me.
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303=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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305L<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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307 When the full-grown poet came,
308 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
309 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
310 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
311 Nay he is mine alone;
312 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
313 by the hand;
314 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
315 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
316 And wholly and joyously blends them.
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322 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
323 nema ráða vel kunni.
324 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
325 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
326 Sák á telgðu talkni
327 tíu launstafi ristna.
328 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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333L<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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335In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
336granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
337do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
338that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
339generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
340endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
341that fire can truly light the world.
342
343And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
344ask what you can do for your country.
345
346My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
347but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
348
349Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
350ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
351we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
352the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
353asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
354work must truly be our own.
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356=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
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360The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
361to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
362between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
363cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
364areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
365be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
366As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
367the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
368instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
369interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
370also be automated.
371
372Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
373if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
374were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
375and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
376indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
377techniques like X-ray crystallography.
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379=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
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383[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
384
385Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
386
387[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
388
389Trinity: What did you just say?
390Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
391Trinity: What did you see?
392Cypher: What happened?
393Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
394Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
395Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
396Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
397Neo: What is it?
398Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
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400=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
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404The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
405he storm vanishes.
406
407"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
408fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
409to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
410me?"
411
412I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
413like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
414
415"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
416as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
417on my heart.
418
419(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
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421=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
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425Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
426air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
427the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
428faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
429of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
430the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
431deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
432fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
433stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
434revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
435
436For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
437courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
438the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
439jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
440were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
441there, a glimmer of moonshine.
442
443Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
444rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
445grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
446park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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449=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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453`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
454`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
455it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
456she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
457
458 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
459 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
460 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
461 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
462
463
464`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
465
466`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
467nonsense.'
468
469Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
470anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
471
472`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
473
474`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
475
476`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
477with his nose, you know?'
478
479`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
480the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
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482=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
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486Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
487Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
488notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
489for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
490sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
491
492Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
493dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
494Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
495motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
496Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
497that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
498had ever even been a car.
499
500There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
501been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
502this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
503flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
504re-entry.
505
506There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
507metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
508somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
509make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
510
511It should have fallen apart miles back.
512
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514
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518the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
519in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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521
522=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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526And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
527bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
528yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
529with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
530if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
531bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
532quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
533
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538The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
539involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
540when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
541streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
542road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
543seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
544smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
545
546"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
547volcano were once more to set to work."
548
549=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
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553 I saw a huge steam roller,
554 It blotted out the sun.
555 The people all lay down, lay down;
556 They did not try to run.
557 My love and I, we looked amazed
558 Upon the gory mystery.
559 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
560 'The great machine is history!'
561 My love and I, we ran away,
562 The engine did not find us.
563 We ran up to a mountain top,
564 Left history far behind us.
565 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
566 But somehow we don't think so.
567 We went to see where history'd been,
568 And my, the dead did stink so.
569
570=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
571
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574CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
575she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
576seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
577
578What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
579of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
580has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
581will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
582only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
583lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
584design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
585periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
586
587=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
588
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591The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
592from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
593view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
594Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
595once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
596endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
597a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
598will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
599of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
600Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
601still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
602
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607"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
608many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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610what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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612had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
613...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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615hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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617and-thirty degrees."
618
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620
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623San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
624the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
625hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
626of the Free World."
627
628Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
629level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
630harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
631exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
632
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638the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
639just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
640a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
641it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
642of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
643common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
644bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
645
646 Around and around and around we spin,
647 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
648
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650
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653'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
654not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
655your cat grins like that?'
656
657'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
658
659She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
660jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
661and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
662
663'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
664that cats COULD grin.'
665
666'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
667
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669
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672'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
673have got altered.'
674
675'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
676there was silence for some minutes.
677
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679
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682'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
683always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
684rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
685yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
686can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
687kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
688
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689=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
690
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693At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
694called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
695dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
696in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
697sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
698
699'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
700is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
701the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
702to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
703accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 704Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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714So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
715hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
716making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
717picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
718close by her.
719
720There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
721VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
722dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
723occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
724it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
725OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
726Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
727never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
728take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
729after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
730rabbit-hole under the hedge.
731
732In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
733in the world she was to get out again.
734
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743 A little child, a limber elf,
744 Singing, dancing to itself,
745 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
746 That always finds, and never seeks,
747 Makes such a vision to the sight
748 As fills a father's eyes with light;
749 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
750 Upon his heart, that he at last
751 Must needs express his love's excess
752 With words of unmeant bitterness.
753 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
754 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
755 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
756 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
757 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
758 At each wild word to feel within
759 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
760 And what, if in a world of sin
761 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
762 Such giddiness of heart and brain
763 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
764 So talks as it's most used to do.
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767
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770And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
771into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
772mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
773question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
774hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
775louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
776who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
777worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
778done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
779
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781
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d517a16a 785course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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787Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
788
789"Why ain't that work?"
790
791Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
792is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
793
794"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
795
796The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
797to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
798
799That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
800swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
801-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
802watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
803absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
804
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806
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809The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
810at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
811streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
812the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
813live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
814colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
815as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
816wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
817prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
818however much they're into colour.
819
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821
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824Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
825and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
826word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
827disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
828everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
829on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
830that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
831glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
832war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
833presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
834for more hazardous assignment.
835
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837
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840Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
841streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
842trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
843to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
844about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
845of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
846facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
847explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
848Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
849people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
850work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
851their art.
852
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854
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857'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
858the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
859Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
860Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
861responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
862Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
863Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
864Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
865Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
866Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
867
868'Can they all type?' I joked.
869
870'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
871McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
872
873I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
874'We could have opened an agency.'
875
876Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
877Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
878amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
879all say that, do they?' I ventured.
880
881Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
882replied. 'Not quite all.'
883
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896He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
897he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
898out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
899noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
900must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
901number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
902did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
903
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910L<Announced on 2007-11-17 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/11/msg130653.html>
911
912=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
913
914L<Pre-announced on 2007-07-07 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2007/07/msg126358.html>,
915available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
916
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925=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
926
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929This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
930gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
931technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
932about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
933bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
934paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
935in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
936electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
937picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
938to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
939technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
940getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
941sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
942it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
943conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
944
945"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
946that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
947`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
948
949"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
950one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
951flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
952everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
953make you flip?
954
955=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
956
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959Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
960
961=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
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965What of October, that ambiguous month
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971Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
972proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
973the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
974anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
975how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
976
977'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
978
979This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
980that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
981
982'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
983expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
984anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
985sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
986
987This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
988basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
989policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
990disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
991the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
992Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
993and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
994Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
995
996In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
997reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
998
999I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
1000Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
1001for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
1002had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
1003work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
1004the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
1005left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
1006pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
1007the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
1008the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
1009
1010I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
1011publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
1012Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
1013
1014So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
1015pushing to increase the membership?
1016
1017'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
1018more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
1019futile and impotent it becomes.'
1020
1021This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
1022
1023Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
1024diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
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1030There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
1031about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
1032four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
1033anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
1034thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
1035
1036Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
1037and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
1038press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
1039obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
1040produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
1041this draft...'
1042
1043I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
1044hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
1045incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
1046
1047'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
1048redundancy payments as well.'
1049
1050'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
1051it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
1052
1053'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
1054
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1059A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
1060was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
1061and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
1062jets and all.
1063
1064I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
1065
1066I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
1067Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
1068specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
1069the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
1070jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
1071grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
1072in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
1073
1074While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
1075taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
1076me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
1077sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
1078three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
1079plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
1080occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
1081were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
1082
1083And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
1084were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
1085
1086Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
1087name like Charlie Umtali?
1088
1089I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
1090know something about our official visitor.
1091
1092Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
1093has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
1094car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
1095to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
1096knew little of his background.
1097
1098I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
1099Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
1100first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
1101
1102Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
1103
1104'Why?' I enquired.
1105
1106'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
1107to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
1108never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
1109
1110Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
1111that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
1112
1113In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
1114where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
1115revolving door and comes out in front.'
1116
1117'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
1118
1119'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
1120
1121'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
1122
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1127 It's not that easy bein' green
1128 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 1129 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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1130 Or something much more colorful like that
1131
1132 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 1133 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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1134 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
1135 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
1136 Or stars in the sky
1137
1138 But green's the color of Spring
1139 And green can be cool and friendly-like
1140 And green can be big like an ocean
1141 Or important like a mountain
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1143
1144 When green is all there is to be
1145 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
1146 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
1147 And I think it's what I want to be
1148
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1153Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 1154
2831a86c 1155Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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1161And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
1162hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
1163cat.
1164
1165Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 1166the wolf? What then?"
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1172And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
1173bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
1174round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
1175
1176In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
1177gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
1178climbed up the high stone wall.
1179
1180One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
1181stretched out over the wall.
1182
1183Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
1184Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
1185take care that he doesn't catch you!".
1186
1187The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
1188snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
1189
1190How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 1191the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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4363636d 1197"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 1198you."
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51caa79e 1200"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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1202"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
1203and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 1204to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 1205
51caa79e 1206"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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1208"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
1209planting it."
1210
1211"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 1212grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 1214Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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1216"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
1217Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 1218wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 1220Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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1222"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
1223how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 1224and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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1230"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
1231
1232"Hunting," said Pooh.
1233
1234"Hunting what?"
1235
1236"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
1237
1238"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
1239
1240"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
1241
1242"What do you think you'll answer?"
1243
1244"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
1245"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
1246you see there?"
1247
1248"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
1249excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
1250
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1255Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
1256ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
1257bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
1258waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
1259droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
1260hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
1261longbow.
1262
1263In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
1264often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
1265placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
1266likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
1267may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
1268Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
1269Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
1270farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
1271grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 1272T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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1278Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
1279ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
1280sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
1281pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
1282shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1283
1284The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1285Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1286Caledonia and South America.
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1292The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1293often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1294large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1295and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1296spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1297year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1298may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1299
1300It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1301branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1302of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1303that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1304
1305Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1306other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1307acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1308mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1309
1310It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1311heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1317 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1318 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1319 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1320 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1321
1322 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1323 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1324 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1325 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1326 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1327 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1328 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1329 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1330
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1331 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1332 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1333
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1335=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
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1339 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1340 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1341 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1342 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1343
1344 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1345 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1346 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1347 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1348 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1349 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1350
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1355 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1356 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1357 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1358 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1359 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1360 They are searching high and low,
1361 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1362 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1363 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1364 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1365 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1366 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1367 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1368 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1369 And we're off at last of the northern part
1370 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1371
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1376 We are the music makers,
1377 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1378 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1379 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1380 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1381 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1382 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1383 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1385=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
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1389 There may be trouble ahead,
1390 But while there's music and moonlight,
1391 And love and romance,
1392 Let's face the music and dance.
1393
1394 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1395 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1396 And while we still have that chance,
1397 Let's face the music and dance.
1398
1399 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1400 Humming a different tune, and then,
1401
1402 There may be teardrops to shed,
1403 So while there's music and moonlight,
1404 And love and romance,
1405 Let's face the music and dance.
1406
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1407=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
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1411 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1412 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1413 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1414 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1415 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1416 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1417
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1418 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1419 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1420 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1421 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1422
1423 O my brave soul!
1424 O farther farther sail!
1425 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1426 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1427
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1429
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1430L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/7669de5804b792f6>
1431
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1432 It's fun to charter an accountant
1433 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1434 To find, explore the funds offshore
1435 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1436
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1437=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
1438
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1441 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1442 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1443 In spite of all their friends could say,
1444 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1445 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1446 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1447 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1448 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1449 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1450 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1451
1452 Far and few, far and few,
1453 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1454 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1455 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1456
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1458
1459L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
1460
1461=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1462
1463L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
1464
1465No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1466three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1467like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1468no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1469overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1470
1471=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1472
1473L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
1474
1475Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1476It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1477devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1478then you can be my most trusted minister."
1479
1480=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1481
1482L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
1483
1484Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1485a knife with a curved blade.
1486
1487=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1488
1489L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1490
1491Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1492me because I've got magic aaargh."
1493
1494=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1495
1496L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1497
1498Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1499in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1500with his head.
1501
1502But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1503weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1504open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1505defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1506Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1507was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1508
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1510
1511L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1512
1513There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1514"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1515said the low priest.
1516There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1517The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1518"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1519The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1520The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1521The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1522thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1523There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1524"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1525said the High Priest.
1526"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1527There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1528"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1529There were footsteps again.
1530
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1532
1533L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1534
1535=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1536
1537L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1538
1539=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1540
1541L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1542
1543=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1544
1545L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1546
1547Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1548No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1549got there first, and is waiting for it.
1550
1551=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1552
1553L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1554
1555His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1556the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1557all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1558bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1559you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1560
1561=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1562
1563L<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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1565"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1566
1567Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1568
1569"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1570flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1571arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1572and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1573I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1574I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1575will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1576liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1577Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1578ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1579
1580"All that?" said Twoflower.
1581
1582"Usually."
1583
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1585
1586L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1587
1588The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1589but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1590[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1591
1592=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1593
1594L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1595
1596When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1597sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1598a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1599what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1600long in this instance.
1601
1602=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1603
1604L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1605
1606"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1607
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1612`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1613himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1614upset.
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1616`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1617to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1619Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1620stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1621louder.
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1623`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1624my precious, three guesseses.'
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1632No announcement available.
1633
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2831a86c 1642=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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1645
1646 The dragon is withered,
1647 His bones are now crumbled;
1648 His armour is shivered,
1649 His splendour is humbled!
1650 Though sword shall be rusted,
1651 And throne and crown perish
1652 With strength that men trusted
1653 And wealth that they cherish,
1654 Here grass is still growing,
1655 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1656 The white water flowing,
1657 And elves are yet singing
1658 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1659 Come back to the valley.
1660
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1662
1663L<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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1666
1667L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
1668
1669=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
1670
1671L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1672
1673=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1674
1675L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
1676
1677The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1678the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1679never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1680them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1681chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1682run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1683and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1684and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1685and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1686the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1687fall.
1688
1689=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1690
1691L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
1692
1693Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1694plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1695going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1696she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
1697at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
1698cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
1699hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
1700passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
1701disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
1702of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
1703she fell past it.
1704
1705=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
1706
1707L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
1708
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1709=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
1710
0e6b8110 1711This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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1713L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1714by ysth.
1715
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