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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 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<Leaves of Grass|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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22L<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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24 When the full-grown poet came,
25 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
26 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
27 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
28 Nay he is mine alone;
29 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
30 by the hand;
31 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly holding hands,
32 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
33 And wholly and joyously blends them.
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39 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
40 nema ráða vel kunni.
41 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
42 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
43 Sák á telgðu talkni
44 tíu launstafi ristna.
45 Þat hefr lauka lindi
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48=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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50L<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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52In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
53granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
54do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
55that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
56generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
57endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
58that fire can truly light the world.
59
60And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
61ask what you can do for your country.
62
63My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
64but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
65
66Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
67ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
68we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
69the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
70asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
71work must truly be our own.
72
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73=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
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77The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
78to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
79between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
80cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
81areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
82be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
83As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
84the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
85instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
86interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
87also be automated.
88
89Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
90if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
91were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
92and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
93indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
94techniques like X-ray crystallography.
95
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96=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, 'The Matrix'
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100[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
101
102Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
103
104[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
105
106Trinity: What did you just say?
107Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
108Trinity: What did you see?
109Cypher: What happened?
110Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just like it.
111Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
112Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
113Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
114Neo: What is it?
115Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.
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117=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
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121The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
122he storm vanishes.
123
124"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
125fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
126to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
127me?"
128
129I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
130like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
131
132"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
133as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
134on my heart.
135
136(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
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138=head2 v5.13.5 - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, "The Room in the Dragon Volant"
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142Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
143air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
144the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
145faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
146of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
147the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
148deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
149fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
150stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
151revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
152
153For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
154courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
155the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
156jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
157were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
158there, a glimmer of moonshine.
159
160Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
161rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
162grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
163park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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166=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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170`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
171`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
172it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
173she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
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175 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
176 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
177 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
178 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
179
180
181`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
182
183`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
184nonsense.'
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186Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
187anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
188
189`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
190
191`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
192
193`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
194with his nose, you know?'
195
196`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
197the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
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199=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
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203Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
204Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
205notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
206for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
207sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
208
209Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
210dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
211Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
212motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
213Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
214that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
215had ever even been a car.
216
217There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
218been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
219this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
220flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
221re-entry.
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223There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
224metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
225somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
226make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
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228It should have fallen apart miles back.
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230=head2 v5.13.2 - Iain M Banks, "Use of Weapons"
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234We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
235the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
236in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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237there exist ... special circumstances.
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239=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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243And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
244bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
245yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
246with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
247if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
248bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
249quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
250
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251=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
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255The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
256involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
257when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
258streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
259road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
260seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
261smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
262
263"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
264volcano were once more to set to work."
265
266=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
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270 I saw a huge steam roller,
271 It blotted out the sun.
272 The people all lay down, lay down;
273 They did not try to run.
274 My love and I, we looked amazed
275 Upon the gory mystery.
276 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
277 'The great machine is history!'
278 My love and I, we ran away,
279 The engine did not find us.
280 We ran up to a mountain top,
281 Left history far behind us.
282 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
283 But somehow we don't think so.
284 We went to see where history'd been,
285 And my, the dead did stink so.
286
287=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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291CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
292she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
293seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
294
295What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
296of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
297has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
298will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
299only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
300lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
301design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
302periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
303
304=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
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308The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
309from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
310view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
311Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
312once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
313endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
314a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
315will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
316of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
317Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
318still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
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320=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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324"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
325many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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326Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
327what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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328Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
329had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
330...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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331"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
332hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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333degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
334and-thirty degrees."
335
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336=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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340San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
341the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
342hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
343of the Free World."
344
345Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
346level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
347harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
348exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
349
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350=head2 v5.12.1-RC1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
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354Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
355the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
356just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
357a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
358it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
359of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
360common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
361bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
362
363 Around and around and around we spin,
364 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
365
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366=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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370'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
371not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
372your cat grins like that?'
373
374'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
375
376She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
377jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
378and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
379
380'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
381that cats COULD grin.'
382
383'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
384
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389'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
390have got altered.'
391
392'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
393there was silence for some minutes.
394
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395=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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399'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
400always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
401rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
402yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
403can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
404kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
405
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406=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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410At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
411called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
412dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
413in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
414sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
415
416'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
417is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
418the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
419to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
420accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
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431So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
432hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
433making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
434picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
435close by her.
436
437There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
438VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
439dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
440occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
441it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
442OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
443Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
444never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
445take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
446after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
447rabbit-hole under the hedge.
448
449In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
450in the world she was to get out again.
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460 A little child, a limber elf,
461 Singing, dancing to itself,
462 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
463 That always finds, and never seeks,
464 Makes such a vision to the sight
465 As fills a father's eyes with light;
466 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
467 Upon his heart, that he at last
468 Must needs express his love's excess
469 With words of unmeant bitterness.
470 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
471 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
472 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
473 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
474 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
475 At each wild word to feel within
476 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
477 And what, if in a world of sin
478 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
479 Such giddiness of heart and brain
480 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
481 So talks as it's most used to do.
482
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484
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487And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
488into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
489mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
490question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
491hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
492louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
493who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
494worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
495done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
496
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498
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4363636d 501"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 502course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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504Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
505
506"Why ain't that work?"
507
508Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
509is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
510
511"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
512
513The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
514to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
515
516That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
517swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
518-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
519watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
520absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
521
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526The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
527at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
528streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
529the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
530live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
531colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
532as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
533wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
534prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
535however much they're into colour.
536
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541Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
542and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
543word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
544disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
545everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
546on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
547that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
548glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
549war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Mil
550presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
551for more hazardous assignment.
552
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554
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557Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
558streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
559trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
560to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
561about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
562of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
563facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
564explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
565Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
566people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
567work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
568their art.
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574'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
575the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
576Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
577Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
578responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
579Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
580Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
581Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
582Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
583Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
584
585'Can they all type?' I joked.
586
587'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
588McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
589
590I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
591'We could have opened an agency.'
592
593Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
594Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
595amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
596all say that, do they?' I ventured.
597
598Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
599replied. 'Not quite all.'
600
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613He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
614he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
615out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
616noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
617must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
618number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
619did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
620
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625=head2 v5.10.0-RC1 - no epigraph
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629=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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632available on CPAN with same date, but never actually announced.
633
634=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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638=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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642=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
643
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646This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
647gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
648technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
649about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
650bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
651paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
652in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
653electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
654picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
655to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
656technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
657getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
658sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
659it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
660conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
661
662"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
663that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
664`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
665
666"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
667one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
668flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
669everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
670make you flip?
671
672=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
673
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676Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
677
678=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
679
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682What of October, that ambiguous month
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688Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
689proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
690the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
691anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
692how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
693
694'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
695
696This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
697that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
698
699'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
700expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
701anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
702sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
703
704This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
705basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
706policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
707disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
708the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
709Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
710and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
711Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
712
713In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
714reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
715
716I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
717Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
718for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
719had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
720work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
721the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
722left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
723pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
724the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
725the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
726
727I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
728publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
729Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
730
731So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
732pushing to increase the membership?
733
734'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
735more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
736futile and impotent it becomes.'
737
738This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
739
740Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
741diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
742
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747There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
748about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
749four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
750anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
751thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
752
753Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
754and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
755press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
756obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
757produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
758this draft...'
759
760I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
761hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
762incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
763
764'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
765redundancy payments as well.'
766
767'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
768it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
769
770'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
771
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776A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
777was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
778and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
779jets and all.
780
781I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
782
783I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
784Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
785specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
786the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
787jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
788grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
789in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
790
791While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
792taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
793me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
794sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
795three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
796plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
797occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
798were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
799
800And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
801were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
802
803Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
804name like Charlie Umtali?
805
806I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
807know something about our official visitor.
808
809Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
810has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
811car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
812to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
813knew little of his background.
814
815I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
816Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
817first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
818
819Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
820
821'Why?' I enquired.
822
823'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
824to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
825never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
826
827Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
828that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
829
830In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
831where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
832revolving door and comes out in front.'
833
834'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
835
836'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
837
838'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
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844 It's not that easy bein' green
845 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
4363636d 846 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
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847 Or something much more colorful like that
848
849 It's not easy bein' green
4363636d 850 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
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852 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
853 Or stars in the sky
854
855 But green's the color of Spring
856 And green can be cool and friendly-like
857 And green can be big like an ocean
858 Or important like a mountain
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860
861 When green is all there is to be
862 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
863 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
864 And I think it's what I want to be
865
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867
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870Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
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2831a86c 872Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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878And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
879hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
880cat.
881
882Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 883the wolf? What then?"
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886
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889And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
890bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
891round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
892
893In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
894gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
895climbed up the high stone wall.
896
897One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
898stretched out over the wall.
899
900Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
901Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
902take care that he doesn't catch you!".
903
904The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
905snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
906
907How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 908the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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911
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4363636d 914"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 915you."
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51caa79e 917"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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919"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
920and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 921to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 922
51caa79e 923"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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925"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
926planting it."
927
928"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 929grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 931Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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933"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
934Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 935wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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939"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
940how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 941and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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944
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947"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
948
949"Hunting," said Pooh.
950
951"Hunting what?"
952
953"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
954
955"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
956
957"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
958
959"What do you think you'll answer?"
960
961"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
962"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
963you see there?"
964
965"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
966excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
967
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969
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972Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
973ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
974bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
975waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
976droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
977hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
978longbow.
979
980In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
981often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
982placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
983likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
984may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
985Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
986Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
987farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
988grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 989T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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992
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995Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
996ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
997sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
998pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
999shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
1000
1001The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
1002Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 1003Caledonia and South America.
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1006
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1009The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
1010often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
1011large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
1012and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
1013spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
1014year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
1015may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
1016
1017It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
1018branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
1019of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
1020that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
1021
1022Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
1023other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
1024acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
1025mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
1026
1027It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 1028heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
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1031
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1034 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
1035 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
1036 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
1037 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
1038
1039 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
1040 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
1041 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
1042 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
1043 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
1044 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
1045 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
1046 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
1047
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1048 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
1049 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
1050
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1052=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
1053
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1056 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
1057 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
1058 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
1059 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1060
1061 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
1062 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
1063 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
1064 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
1065 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
1066 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
1067
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1069
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1072 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
1073 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
1074 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
1075 We must find him of the train can't start.'
1076 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
1077 They are searching high and low,
1078 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
1079 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
1080 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
1081 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
1082 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
1083 He's been busy in the luggage van!
1084 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
1085 And the the signal goes 'All Clear!'
1086 And we're off at last of the northern part
1087 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
1088
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1089=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
1090
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1092
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1093 We are the music makers,
1094 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
1095 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
1096 And sitting by desolate streams; --
1097 World-losers and world-forsakers,
1098 On whom the pale moon gleams:
1099 Yet we are the movers and shakers
1100 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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1102=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
1103
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1106 There may be trouble ahead,
1107 But while there's music and moonlight,
1108 And love and romance,
1109 Let's face the music and dance.
1110
1111 Before the fiddlers have fled,
1112 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
1113 And while we still have that chance,
1114 Let's face the music and dance.
1115
1116 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
1117 Humming a different tune, and then,
1118
1119 There may be teardrops to shed,
1120 So while there's music and moonlight,
1121 And love and romance,
1122 Let's face the music and dance.
1123
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1125
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1128 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
1129 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
1130 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
1131 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
1132 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
1133 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
1134
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1135 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
1136 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
1137 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
1138 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
1139
1140 O my brave soul!
1141 O farther farther sail!
1142 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
1143 O farther, farther, farther sail!
1144
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1146
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1147L<Announced on 2003-11-03 by Nicholas Clark|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/7669de5804b792f6>
1148
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1149 It's fun to charter an accountant
1150 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
1151 To find, explore the funds offshore
1152 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
1153
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1154=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
1155
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1158 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
1159 In a Sieve they went to sea:
1160 In spite of all their friends could say,
1161 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
1162 In a Sieve they went to sea!
1163 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
1164 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
1165 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
1166 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
1167 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
1168
1169 Far and few, far and few,
1170 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
1171 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
1172 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
1173
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1175
1176L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
1177
1178=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
1179
1180L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
1181
1182No matter what she did with her hair it took about
1183three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
1184like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
1185no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
1186overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
1187
1188=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1189
1190L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
1191
1192Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
1193It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
1194devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
1195then you can be my most trusted minister."
1196
1197=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1198
1199L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
1200
1201Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
1202a knife with a curved blade.
1203
1204=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1205
1206L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
1207
1208Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
1209me because I've got magic aaargh."
1210
1211=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
1212
1213L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
1214
1215Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
1216in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
1217with his head.
1218
1219But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
1220weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
1221open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
1222defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
1223Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
1224was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
1225
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1227
1228L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
1229
1230There was the faint sound of footsteps.
1231"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
1232said the low priest.
1233There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
1234The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
1235"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
1236The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
1237The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
1238The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
1239thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
1240There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
1241"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
1242said the High Priest.
1243"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
1244There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
1245"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
1246There were footsteps again.
1247
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1249
1250L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
1251
1252=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
1253
1254L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
1255
1256=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
1257
1258L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
1259
1260=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
1261
1262L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
1263
1264Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
1265No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
1266got there first, and is waiting for it.
1267
1268=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
1269
1270L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
1271
1272His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
1273the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
1274all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
1275bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
1276you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
1277
1278=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
1279
1280L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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1282"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
1283
1284Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
1285
1286"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
1287flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
1288arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
1289and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
1290I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
1291I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
1292will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
1293liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
1294Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
1295ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
1296
1297"All that?" said Twoflower.
1298
1299"Usually."
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1302
1303L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
1304
1305The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
1306but that had to be the 57th strangest.
1307[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
1308
1309=head2 v5.6.2 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1310
1311L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/deb8cb9ad918716f>
1312
1313When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
1314sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
1315a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
1316what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
1317long in this instance.
1318
1319=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
1320
1321L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/e3d4acc7a8dd3ce5>
1322
1323"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
1324
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1329`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
1330himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
1331upset.
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1333`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
1334to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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1336Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
1337stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
1338louder.
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1340`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
1341my precious, three guesseses.'
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2831a86c 1345L<Announced on 2001-08-04 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33421.html>
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1350
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1361L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
1362
1363 The dragon is withered,
1364 His bones are now crumbled;
1365 His armour is shivered,
1366 His splendour is humbled!
1367 Though sword shall be rusted,
1368 And throne and crown perish
1369 With strength that men trusted
1370 And wealth that they cherish,
1371 Here grass is still growing,
1372 And leaves are a yet swinging,
1373 The white water flowing,
1374 And elves are yet singing
1375 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
1376 Come back to the valley.
1377
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1379
1380L<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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1383
1384L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
1385
1386=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
1387
1388L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6c240ad0b189cb47>
1389
1390=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
1391
1392L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/83e5421124a7b49d>
1393
1394The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
1395the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
1396never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
1397them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
1398chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
1399run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
1400and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
1401and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
1402and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
1403the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
1404fall.
1405
1406=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1407
1408L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/6aaeb6ec699bd116>
1409
1410Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
1411plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
1412going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
1413she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
1414at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
1415cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
1416hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
1417passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
1418disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
1419of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
1420she fell past it.
1421
1422=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
1423
1424L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://groups.google.com/group/perl.perl5.porters/msg/9281dc6194d15940>
1425
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1426=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
1427
0e6b8110 1428This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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1429on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
1430L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
1431by ysth.
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