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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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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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de6a5728 14I<Note>: these have also been referred to as I<epigrams>, but the
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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 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
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22L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
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24 I was born beneath this willow,
25 Where my sire the earth did farm
26 Had the green grass as my pillow
27 The east wind as a blanket warm.
28
29 But away! away! called the wind from the west
30 And in answer I did run
31 Seeking glory and adventure
32 Promised by the rising sun.
33
34 I found love beneath this willow,
35 As true a love as life could hold,
36 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
37 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
38
39 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
40 In faithful answer I did run
41 Marching forth for king and country
42 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
43
44 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
45 As the seven seas I plied
46 And the girl who I left waiting
47 Longing to be at her side.
48
49 But about! about! called the wind from the west
50 As once again my ship did run
51 Down the coast, about the wide world
52 Flying sails in the setting sun.
53
54 Now I lie beneath the willow
55 Now at last no more to roam,
56 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
57 In their arms I'm finally home.
58
59 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
60 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
61 Will chase the sun into the morning
62 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
63
64=head2 v5.23.0 - Bob Dylan, Maggie's Farm
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66L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
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68 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
69 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
70 Well, I try my best
71 To be just like I am
72 But everybody wants you
73 To be just like them
74 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
75 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
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77=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
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79L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
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81“You are the advocate of the dead.”
82
83The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
84that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
85take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
86their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
87remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
88figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
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90=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
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92L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
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94 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
95 Among the theories scattered on the grass
96 Take up my good intentions with the rest
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98=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
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100L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
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102There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
103its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
104
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105=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
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107L<Announced on 2015-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/04/msg227472.html>
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109 They shall pass and their places be taken,
110 The gods and the priests that are pure.
111 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
112 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
113 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
114 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
115 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
116 And delicate dust.
117
118 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
119 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
120 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
121 As the serpent again to a rod.
122 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
123 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
124 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
125 Our Lady of Pain.
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127=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
128
129L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
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131The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
132Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
133started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
134crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
135and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
136pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
137through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
138claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
139were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
140they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
141It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
142obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
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144=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
145
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148 There is another sky,
149 Ever serene and fair,
150 And there is another sunshine,
151 Though it be darkness there;
152 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
153 Never mind silent fields -
154 Here is a little forest,
155 Whose leaf is ever green;
156 Here is a brighter garden,
157 Where not a frost has been;
158 In its unfading flowers
159 I hear the bright bee hum:
160 Prithee, my brother,
161 Into my garden come!
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163=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
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167Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
168Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
169Calvin: Brother! You doubting Thomases get in the way of more scientific advances with your stupid ethical questions! This is a *BRILLIANT* idea! Hit the button, will ya?
170Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
171[Box]: *BOINK*
172Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
173Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
174Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
175
2ee7da68 176=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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178L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
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180"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
181Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
182we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
183everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
184"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
185refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
186"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
187would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
188than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
189the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 191=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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193L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
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195GAME CAT
196
197EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
198things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
199Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
200lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
201snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
202This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
203all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
204Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
205some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
206finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
207just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
208Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
209MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
210The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
211involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
212and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
213where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
214Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 216=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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218L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
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220 Het Dorp
221
222 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
223 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
224 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
225 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
226 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
227 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
228 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
229 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
230 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
231 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
232 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 233 het vee, de boerderijen.
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235 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
236 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
237 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 238 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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240 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
241 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
242 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
243 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
244 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
245 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
246 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
247 ze zien de televisiequiz
248 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
249 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
250 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
251 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
252
253 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
254 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
255 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 256 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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258 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
259 in minirok en beatle-haar
260 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
261 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
262 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
263 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
264 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
265 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
266 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
267 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
268 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
269 een ansicht en herinneringen.
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271 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
272 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
273 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
274 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
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2ee7da68 276=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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280To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
281of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
282masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
283of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
284seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
285joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
286to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
287high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
288approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
289ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
290myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
291to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
292discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
293canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
294armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
295rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
296handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
297stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
298occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
299and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
300which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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302=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
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304L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
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306 If they just went straight they might go far,
307 They are strong and brave and true;
308 But they're always tired of the things that are,
309 And they want the strange and new.
310 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
311 What a deep mark I would make!"
312 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
313 Is only a fresh mistake.
314
315=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
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317L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
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319 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
320 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
321 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
322 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
323 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
324 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
325 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
326 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
327 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
328 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
329 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
330 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
331 Aldrin: 120 feet.
332 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
333 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
334 Duke: 60 seconds.
335 Aldrin: Light's on.
336 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
337 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
338 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
339 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
340 down a half.
341 Duke: 30 seconds.
342 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
343 Aldrin: Contact Light.
344 Armstrong: Shutdown.
345 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
346 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
347 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
348 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
349 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
350 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
351 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
352 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
353 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
354 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
355 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
356 Aldrin: Thank you.
357
358=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
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362 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
363 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
364 We danced among the lightning bolts,
365 and tore the world asunder.
366
367 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
368 written near the end of the previous Age,
369 known by some as the Third Age.
370 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
371 Reborn.
372
373=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
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375L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
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377 Walled in fast within the earth
378 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
379 This must be the bell’s great birth!
380 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
381 Sweat must trickle now
382 From the burning brow,
383 Till the work its master honour.
384 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
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388L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
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390 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
391 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
392 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
393 Where is the cow hidden right now?
394
395 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
396 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
397 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
398 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
399
400 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
401 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
402 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
403 Yeah!
404
405 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
406 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
407 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
408 Yeah, yeah!
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412L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
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414 I've seen things,
415 I've seen them with my eyes;
416 I've seen things,
417 They're often in disguise.
418
419 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
420 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
421 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
422 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
423
424 I've seen things,
425 I've seen them with my eyes;
426 I've seen things,
427 They're often in disguise.
428
429 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
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435 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
436 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
437 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
438
439 DON ALFONSO:
440 Take heart, my dearest children.
441 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
442
443 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
444 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
445
446 FIORDILIGI:
447 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
448 It is disappearing already!
449 It is no longer in sight!
450 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
451
452 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
453 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
454
455 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
456 May the wind be gentle,
457 may the sea be calm,
458 and may the elements
459 respond kindly
460 to our wishes.
461
2ee7da68 462=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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466 GUGLIELMO:
467 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
468 is reluctant to come before her.
469
470 FERRANDO:
471 My trembling lip
472 can utter no word.
473
474 DON ALFONSO:
475 The hero displays his manliness
476 in the most terrible moments.
477
478 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
479 Now that we have heard the news,
480 you have the lesser duty:
481 Take heart, and plunge your swords
482 into both our hearts.
483
484 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
485 My idol, blame fate
486 that I must abandon you.
487
488 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
489 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
490 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
491 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
492 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
493 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
494 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
495
496 ALL:
497 Thus destiny defrauds
498 the hopes of mortals.
499 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
500 who can ever love life?
501
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506 DON ALFONSO:
507 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
508 my lip stammers.
509 My voice cannot emerge,
510 but remains in my throat.
511 What will you do? What shall I do?
512 Oh what a great catastrophe!
513 There can be nothing worse.
514 I feel pity for you and for them.
515
516 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
517 die.
518 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
519 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
520 love dead, perhaps?
521 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
522 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
523 DORABELLA: Wounded?
524 DON ALFONSO: No.
525 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
526 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
527 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
528 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
529 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
530 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
531 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
532 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
533 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
534 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
535 you wish it, they are ready...
536 DORABELLA: Where are they?
537 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
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539=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
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543 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
544 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
545 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
546 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
547 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
548 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
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550=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
551
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554 When times go bad
555 when times go rough
556 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
557 And let me do my stuff
558
2ee7da68 559=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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563O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
564sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
565Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
566than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
567temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
568mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
569your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
570draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
571implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
572rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
573bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
574Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
575is a fool!
576
2ee7da68 577=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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581The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
582the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
583withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
584consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
585tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
586detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
587by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
588
2ee7da68 589=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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593Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
594rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
595stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
596know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
597that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
598chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
599clouds thickened above them.
600
601"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
602you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
603body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
604closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
605hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
606he looked Long in the face.
607
608"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
609master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
610grew fierce.
611
612"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
613fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
614truth!"
615
2ee7da68 616=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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620“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
621hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
622
623“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
624
625“Is there? What is the point?”
626
627“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
628
629“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
630
631“The trick is not to think about that.”
632
633“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
634
635Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
636
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637=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
638
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641And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
642down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
643the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
644were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
645they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
646Europe was over.
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648Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
649leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
650kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
651horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 652
e91f1fc1 653Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 654
e91f1fc1 655One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
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657=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
658
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661 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
662
663 Mr. Bun: Morning.
664 Waitress: Morning.
665 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
666 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
667 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
668 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
669 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
670 egg on top and spam
671 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
672 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
673 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
674 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
675 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
676 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
677 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
678 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
679 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
680 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
681
682 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
683
684 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
685 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
686 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
687 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
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693 I
694
695 A cat is strolling through my mind
696 Acting as though he owned the place,
697 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
698 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
699
700 So tender and discreet his tone;
701 But whether he should growl or purr
702 His voice is always rich and deep.
703 That is the secret of his charm.
704
705 This purling voice that filters down
706 Into my darkest depths of soul
707 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
708 Delights me as a potion would.
709
710 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
711 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
712 Without the need for any words
713 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
714
715 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
716 Across my heart, fine instrument,
717 And makes to sing so royally
718 The strongest and the purest chord,
719
720 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
721 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
722 In whom all is, angelically,
723 As subtle as harmonious.
724
725 II
726
727 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
728 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
729 I might have been embalmed in it
730 By giving him one little pet.
731
732 He is my household's guardian soul;
733 He judges, he presides, inspires
734 All matters in hos royal realm;
735 Might he be fairy? or a god?
736
737 When my eyes, to this cat I love
738 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
739 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
740 And when I look within myself,
741
742 I notice with astonishment
743 The fire of his opal eyes,
744 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
745 Taking my measure, steadily.
746
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748
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751There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
752that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
753Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
754despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
755loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
756looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
757his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
758of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
759heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
760danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
761She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
762surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
763and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
764be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
765name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
766and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
767him.
768
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769=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
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773E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
774written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
775betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
776have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
777personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
778Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
779For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
780political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
781working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
782between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
783however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
784logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
785an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
786to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
787outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
788there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
789There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
790
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791=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
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795The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
796correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
797showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
798however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
799magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
800the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
801
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802=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
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805
806 Over hill, over dale,
807 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
808 Over park, over pale,
809 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
810 I do wander everywhere,
811 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
812 And I serve the fairy queen,
813 To dew her orbs upon the green.
814 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
815 In their gold coats, spots you see;
816 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
817 In their freckles live our savours.
818 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
819 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
820 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
821 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
822
5f42d1f2 823=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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826
827 From the beginning, I knew…
828 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
829 …that I can't fix…
830 …with my hands…
831
40e1c3e8 832=head2 v5.18.4 - Robert W. Chambers, Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow," Act I, Scene 2
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835
836 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
837 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
838 The shadows lengthen
839 In Carcosa.
840
841 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
842 And strange moons circle through the skies
843 But stranger still is
844 Lost Carcosa.
845
846 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
847 Where flap the tatters of the King,
848 Must die unheard in
849 Dim Carcosa.
850
851 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
852 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
853 Shall dry and die in
854 Lost Carcosa.
855
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856=head2 v5.18.3 - (no epigraph)
857
858(no epigraph)
859
40e1c3e8 860=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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863
864"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
865empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
866Yellow!"
867
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871
872 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
873
874 STRANGER: Indeed?
875
876 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
877
878 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
879
880 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
881
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882=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
883
884L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
885
886One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
887only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
888that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
889about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
890places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
891Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
892mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
893every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
894
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898
899The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
900systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
901thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
902operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
903ever seen.
904
905An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
906something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
907kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
908anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
909disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
910gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
911that renders the operating system unnecessary.
912
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917Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
918someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
919again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
920and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
921language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
922
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924
925L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
926
927It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
928who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
929walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
930and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
931search, in questions, in torment.
932
2ee7da68 933=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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937Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
938
939=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
940
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942
943 I'd love to go drowning
944 And to stay and to stay
945 But the ocean doesn't want me today
946 I'll go in up to here
947 It can't possibly hurt
948 All they will find is my beer
949 And my shirt
950
951=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
952
953L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
954
955 And the great day of wrath has come
956 And here's mud in your big red eye
957 The poker's in the fire
958 And the locusts take the sky
959 And the earth died screaming
960 While I lay dreaming of you
961
962=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
963
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965
966 What's he building in there?
967
968 We have a right to know…
969
2ee7da68 970=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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972L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
973
974It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
975eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
976
2ee7da68 977=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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980
981The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
982followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
983safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
984place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
985would be famous for this.
986
987Six months passed. A year.
988
72f869fd 989The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 990Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 991powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 992
2ee7da68 993=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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996
997Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
998The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
999recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
1000his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
1001Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
1002of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
1003Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
1004of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
1005'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
1006embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
1007'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
1008in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
1009leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
1010
1011The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
1012Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
1013in the destruction of the planet Earth.
1014
2ee7da68 1015=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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1019I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
1020the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
1021dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
1022between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
1023improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
1024fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
1025I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
1026them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
1027do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
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1030perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
1031himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
1032a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
1033the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
1034world is richer for it.
1035
2ee7da68 1036=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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1040No thought.
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1042The boy extinguished. Only a place.
1043
1044This place.
1045
1046Motionless, the Pragma sat facing him, the bare soles of his feet flat against each other, his dark frock scored by the shadows of deep folds, his eyes as empty as the child they watched.
1047
1048A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
1049
1050For the first lances of sunlight careered over the glacier, as ponderous as great tree limbs in the wind. Shadows hardened and light gleamed across the Pragma’s ancient skull.
1051
1052The old man’s left hand forsook his right sleeve, bearing a watery knife. And like a rope in water, his arm pitched outward, fingertips trailing across the blade as the knife swung languidly into the air, the sun skating and the dark shrine plunging across its mirror back . . .
1053
1054And the place where Kellhus had once existed extended an open hand—the blond hairs like luminous filaments against tanned skin—and grasped the knife from stunned space.
1055
1056The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
1057
1058I have been legion . . .
1059
1060In his periphery, he could see the spike of the sun ease from the mountain. He felt drunk with exhaustion. In the recoil of his trance, it seemed all he could hear were the twigs arching and bobbing in the wind, pulled by leaves like a million sails no bigger than his hand. Cause everywhere, but amid countless minute happenings—diffuse, useless.
1061
1062Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 1064=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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1068Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
1069of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
1070scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
1071glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
1072beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
1073much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
1074caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
1075vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
1076had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
1077
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1079
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1081
1082Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
1083behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
1084recording everything.
1085
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1086=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
1087
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1090 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
1091 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
1092 She aims it at the creature's head,
1093 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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1095 A few weeks later, in the wood,
1096 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
1097 But what a change! No cloak of red,
1098 No silly hood upon her head.
1099 She said, "Hello, and do please note
1100 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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1106Preparation:
1107
1108Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
1109or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
1110Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
1111look golden brown.
1112Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
1113ready to create the soup.
1114
1115Ingredients:
1116
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1118 3 tbsp butter
1119 1/4 cup olive oil
1120 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
1121 1 tsp salt
1122 1 tsp sugar
1123 black pepper to taste
1124 1 cup red wine
1125 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1126 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
1127 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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1129Method:
1130
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1131 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
1132 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
1133 to half an hour.
1134 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
1135 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
1136 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
1137 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
1138 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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1140Enjoy.
1141
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1145
1146‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
1147
1148Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
1149their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
1150
1151The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
1152butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
1153and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
1154
1155Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
1156
1157‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
1158
1159‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
1160
1161‘What?’
1162
1163‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
1164
1165‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
1166his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
1167dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
1168quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
1169
1170‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
1171an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
1172
1173‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
1174
1175The iotum rose, spinning.
1176
1177‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
1178
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1183On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
1184taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
1185"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
1186and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
1187merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
1188subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
1189Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
1190it.
1191
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1195
1196`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
1197`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
1198hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
1199The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
1200been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
1201be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
1202to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
1203fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
1204
1205There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
1206climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
1207broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
1208implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
1209on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
1210Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
1211astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
1212for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
1213out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
1214the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
1215
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1217
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1219
1220 A victim of collision on the open sea
1221 Nobody ever said that life was free
1222 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
1223 But use your freedom of choice
1224
1225=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
1226
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1229Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
1230machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
1231trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
1232little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
1233to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
1234he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
1235the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
1236
1237The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
1238current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
1239transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
1240chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
1241adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
1242as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
1243solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
1244valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
1245the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
1246machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
1247
2ee7da68 1248=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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1252 Don't you know? You never split the party
1253 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
1254 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
1255 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
1256
c33412d7 1257=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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1260
1261I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
1262Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
1263Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
1264The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
1265
1266
1267
1268I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
1269sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
1270collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
1271
1272My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
1273inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
1274swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
1275side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
1276The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
1277dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
1278
2ee7da68 1279=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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1283 All I have is a voice
1284 To undo the folded lie,
1285 The romantic lie in the brain
1286 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
1287 And the lie of Authority
1288 Whose buildings grope the sky:
1289 There is no such thing as the State
1290 And no one exists alone;
1291 Hunger allows no choice
1292 To the citizen or the police;
1293 We must love one another or die.
1294
2ee7da68 1295=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
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1299 How many roads must a man walk down
1300 Before you call him a man?
1301 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
1302 Before she sleeps in the sand?
1303 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
1304 Before they're forever banned?
1305 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1306 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1307
1308 How many years can a mountain exist
1309 Before it's washed to the sea?
1310 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
1311 Before they're allowed to be free?
1312 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
1313 Pretending he just doesn't see?
1314 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1315 The answer is blowin' in the wind
1316
1317 How many times must a man look up
1318 Before he can see the sky?
1319 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
1320 Before he can hear people cry?
1321 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
1322 That too many people have died?
1323 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
1324 The answer is blowin' in the wind
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2ee7da68 1326=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
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1329
1330 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1331 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
1332 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
1333 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
1334 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
1335
1336Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
1337age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
1338older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
1339debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
1340girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
1341A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
1342Top for more than one week.
1343
1344Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
1345lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
1346buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
1347into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
1348meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
1349soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
1350single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
1351
1352 "I'm never going to give you up"
1353
2ee7da68 1354=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
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1357
1358"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
1359
1360He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
1361notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
1362which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
1363OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
1364ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
1365
1366There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
1367busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
1368out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
1369mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
1370and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
1371with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
1372bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
1373chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
1374excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
1375down cheering and applauding.
1376
1377"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
1378
2ee7da68 1379=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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1383Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
1384into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
1385beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
1386winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
1387wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
1388over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
1389
1390But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
1391gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
1392villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
1393journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
1394domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
1395with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
1396by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
1397Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
1398
2ee7da68 1399=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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1403This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
1404been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
1405confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
1406how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
1407could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
1408putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
1409I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
1410before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
1411think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
1412all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
1413off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
1414was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
1415The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
1416endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
1417benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
1418boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
1419lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
1420Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
1421resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
1422Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
1423you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
1424
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1428
1429A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
1430don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
1431without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
1432the human experience, the better design we will have.
1433
2ee7da68 1434=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
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1438All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
1439the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
1440do so at their peril.
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1442It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
1443Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
1444work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
1445artist is in accord with himself.
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1447We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
1448he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
1449thing is that one admires it intensely.
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4ed12d4a 1451All art is quite useless.
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2ee7da68 1453=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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1457 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
1458 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
1459 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
1460 things the significance of a human future;
1461 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
1462 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
1463 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
1464 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
1465 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
1466 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
1467 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
1468 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
1469 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
1470 hurtles all ages along with it forever
1471 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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1474
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1476
1477Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
1478fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
1479winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
1480down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
1481being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
1482extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
1483but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
1484
1485Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
1486that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
1487around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
1488fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
1489the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
1490closed system.
1491
1492Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
1493the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
1494/be/ them.'
1495
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1499
4ed12d4a 1500If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
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c682aa67 1502=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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1506He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
1507mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
1508encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
1509
1510'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
1511Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
1512finished its run. It was due about now.'
1513
1514Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
1515see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
1516
1517'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
1518is always a last time for everything.)
1519
1520Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
1521
1522=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
1523
1524L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
1525
1526 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
1527 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
1528 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
1529 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
1530 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
1531 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
1532 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
1533 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
1534 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
1535 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
1536 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
1537 eaten them, but not for love.
1538
1539=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 >>
1540
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1542
1543It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
1544do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
1545they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
1546catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
1547awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
1548inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
1549
1550So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
1551mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
1552the heart of the programmer.
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1557
1558At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
1559my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
1560the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
1561since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
1562already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
1563to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
1564the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
1565can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
1566unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
1567
c684cf36 1568=head2 v5.14.0 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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1571
1572At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
1573myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
1574impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
1575"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
1576gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
1577or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
1578
1579I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
1580computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
1581ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
1582would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
1583my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
1584away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
1585won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
1586
1587So a freely distributable program is born.
1588
1589=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
1590
1591L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
1592
1593This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
1594continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
1595aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
1596and your bags will be offloaded.
1597
2ee7da68 1598=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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1601
1602Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
1603of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
1604by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
1605sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
1606swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
1607down their paved streets.
1608
1609Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
1610obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
1611company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
1612the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
1613govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
1614the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
1615
1616=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
1617
1618L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
1619
1620But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
1621my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
1622reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
1623wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
1624Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
1625the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
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1627just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
1628this had never reached me.
1629
2ee7da68 1630=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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1633
1634 When the full-grown poet came,
1635 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
1636 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
1637 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
1638 Nay he is mine alone;
1639 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
1640 by the hand;
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1641 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
1642 holding hands,
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1643 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
1644 And wholly and joyously blends them.
1645
2ee7da68 1646=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
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1650 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
1651 nema ráða vel kunni.
1652 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
1653 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
1654 Sák á telgðu talkni
1655 tíu launstafi ristna.
1656 Þat hefr lauka lindi
1657 langs ofrtrega fengit.
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1660
1661L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
1662
1663In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
1664granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
1665do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
1666that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
1667generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
1668endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
1669that fire can truly light the world.
1670
1671And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
1672ask what you can do for your country.
1673
1674My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
1675but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
1676
1677Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
1678ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
1679we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
1680the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
1681asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
1682work must truly be our own.
1683
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1685
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1688The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
1689to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
1690between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
1691cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
1692areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
1693be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
1694As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
1695the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
1696instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
1697interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
1698also be automated.
1699
1700Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
1701if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
1702were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
1703and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
1704indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
1705techniques like X-ray crystallography.
1706
2ee7da68 1707=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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1711[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
1712
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1714
1715[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
1716
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1717 Trinity: What did you just say?
1718 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
1719 Trinity: What did you see?
1720 Cypher: What happened?
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1721 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
1722 like it.
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1723 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
1724 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
1725 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
1726 Neo: What is it?
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1727 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
1728 they change something.
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1730=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
1731
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1734The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
1735he storm vanishes.
1736
1737"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
1738fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
1739to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
1740me?"
1741
1742I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
1743like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
1744
1745"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
1746as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
1747on my heart.
1748
1749(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
1750
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1752
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1755Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
1756air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
1757the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
1758faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
1759of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
1760the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
1761deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
1762fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
1763stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
1764revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
1765
1766For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
1767courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
1768the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
1769jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
1770were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
1771there, a glimmer of moonshine.
1772
1773Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
1774rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
1775grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
1776park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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1779=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
1780
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1783`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
1784`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
1785it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
1786she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
1787
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1788 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
1789 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
1790 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
1791 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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1793
1794`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
1795
1796`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
1797nonsense.'
1798
1799Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
1800anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
1801
1802`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
1803
1804`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
1805
1806`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
1807with his nose, you know?'
1808
1809`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
1810the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
1811
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1812=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
1813
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1816Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
1817Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
1818notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
1819for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
1820sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
1821
1822Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
1823dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
1824Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
1825motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
1826Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
1827that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
1828had ever even been a car.
1829
1830There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
1831been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
1832this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
1833flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
1834re-entry.
1835
1836There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
1837metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
1838somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
1839make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
1840
1841It should have fallen apart miles back.
1842
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1844
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1847We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
1848the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
1849in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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1851
1852=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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1856And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
1857bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
1858yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
1859with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
1860if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
1861bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
1862quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
1863
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1865
1866L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
1867
1868The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
1869involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
1870when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
1871streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
1872road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
1873seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
1874smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
1875
1876"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
1877volcano were once more to set to work."
1878
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1879=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
1880
1881L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
1882
1883 Music oft hath such a charm
1884 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
1885
1886=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
1887
1888L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
1889
1890 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
1891 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
1892 When breakfast is taken away,
1893 To turn his attention to dinner;
1894 And it's not in the range of belief,
1895 To look upon him as a glutton,
1896 Who, when he is tired of beef,
1897 Determines to tackle the mutton.
1898 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
1899 If it will appease her sorrow,
1900 I'll marry this lady today,
1901 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
1902
1903=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
1904
1905L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
1906
1907 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
1908 Tolerates no work of man.
1909 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
1910 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
1911 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
1912 While the last larks sing and soar,
1913 From the heather-blossoms sweet
1914 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
1915 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
1916 Eleanor makes macaroons!
1917
1918=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
1919
1920L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
1921
1922 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
1923 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
1924 Lobster I freely endorse,
1925 In pate or patty or pasty.
1926 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
1927 And nothing the matter with jam,
1928 And the warmest greetings I utter
1929 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
1930 For they're food,
1931 All food,
1932 And I think very fondly of food.
1933 Through I'm broody at times
1934 When bothered by rhymes,
1935 I brood
1936 On food.
1937
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1938=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
1939
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1942 I saw a huge steam roller,
1943 It blotted out the sun.
1944 The people all lay down, lay down;
1945 They did not try to run.
1946 My love and I, we looked amazed
1947 Upon the gory mystery.
1948 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
1949 'The great machine is history!'
1950 My love and I, we ran away,
1951 The engine did not find us.
1952 We ran up to a mountain top,
1953 Left history far behind us.
1954 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
1955 But somehow we don't think so.
1956 We went to see where history'd been,
1957 And my, the dead did stink so.
1958
1959=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1960
1961L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
1962
1963CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
1964she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
1965seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
1966
1967What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
1968of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
1969has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
1970will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
1971only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
1972lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
1973design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
1974periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
1975
1976=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
1977
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1980The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
1981from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
1982view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
1983Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
1984once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
1985endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
1986a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
1987will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
1988of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
1989Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
1990still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
1991
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1993
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1996"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
1997many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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1999what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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2001had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
2002...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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2004hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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2005degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
2006and-thirty degrees."
2007
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2009
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2012San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
2013the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
2014hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
2015of the Free World."
2016
2017Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
2018level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
2019harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
2020exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
2021
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2026Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
2027the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
2028just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
2029a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
2030it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
2031of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
2032common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
2033bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
2034
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2036 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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2039
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2042'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
2043not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
2044your cat grins like that?'
2045
2046'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
2047
2048She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
2049jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
2050and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
2051
2052'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
2053that cats COULD grin.'
2054
2055'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
2056
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2058
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2061'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
2062have got altered.'
2063
2064'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
2065there was silence for some minutes.
2066
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2068
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2071'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
2072always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
2073rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
2074yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
2075can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
2076kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
2077
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2079
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2082At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
2083called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
2084dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
2085in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
2086sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
2087
2088'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
2089is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
2090the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
2091to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
2092accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 2093Mercia and Northumbria --"'
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2103So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
2104hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
2105making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
2106picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
2107close by her.
2108
2109There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
2110VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
2111dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
2112occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
2113it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
2114OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
2115Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
2116never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
2117take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
2118after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
2119rabbit-hole under the hedge.
2120
2121In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
2122in the world she was to get out again.
2123
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2132 A little child, a limber elf,
2133 Singing, dancing to itself,
2134 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
2135 That always finds, and never seeks,
2136 Makes such a vision to the sight
2137 As fills a father's eyes with light;
2138 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
2139 Upon his heart, that he at last
2140 Must needs express his love's excess
2141 With words of unmeant bitterness.
2142 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
2143 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
2144 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
2145 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
2146 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
2147 At each wild word to feel within
2148 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
2149 And what, if in a world of sin
2150 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
2151 Such giddiness of heart and brain
2152 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
2153 So talks as it's most used to do.
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2155=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
2156
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2159And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
2160into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
2161mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
2162question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
2163hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
2164louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
2165who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
2166worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
2167done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
2168
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2176Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
2177
2178"Why ain't that work?"
2179
2180Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
2181is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
2182
2183"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
2184
2185The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
2186to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
2187
2188That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
2189swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
2190-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
2191watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
2192absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
2193
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2195
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2198The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
2199at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
2200streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
2201the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
2202live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
2203colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
2204as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
2205wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
2206prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
2207however much they're into colour.
2208
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2209=head2 v5.11.1 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
2210
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2213Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
2214and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
2215word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
2216disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
2217everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
2218on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
2219that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
2220glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 2221war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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2222presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
2223for more hazardous assignment.
2224
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2225=head2 v5.11.0 - Mikhail Bulgakov, "The Master and Margarita"
2226
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2229Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
2230streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
2231trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
2232to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
2233about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
2234of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
2235facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
2236explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
2237Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
2238people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
2239work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
2240their art.
2241
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2243
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2246'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
2247the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
2248Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
2249Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
2250responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
2251Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
2252Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
2253Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
2254Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
2255Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
2256
2257'Can they all type?' I joked.
2258
2259'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
2260McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
2261
2262I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
2263'We could have opened an agency.'
2264
2265Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
2266Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
2267amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
2268all say that, do they?' I ventured.
2269
2270Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
2271replied. 'Not quite all.'
2272
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2285He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
2286he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
2287out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
2288noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
2289must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
2290number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
2291did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
2292
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2305
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2314=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
2315
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2318This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
2319gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
2320technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
2321about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
2322bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
2323paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
2324in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
2325electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
2326picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
2327to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
2328technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
2329getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
2330sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
2331it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
2332conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
2333
2334"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
2335that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
2336`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
2337
2338"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
2339one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
2340flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
2341everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
2342make you flip?
2343
2344=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
2345
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2348Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
2349
2350=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
2351
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2354What of October, that ambiguous month
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2357
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2360Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
2361proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
2362the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
2363anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
2364how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
2365
2366'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
2367
2368This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
2369that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
2370
2371'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
2372expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
2373anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
2374sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
2375
2376This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
2377basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
2378policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
2379disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
2380the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
2381Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
2382and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
2383Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
2384
2385In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
2386reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
2387
2388I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
2389Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
2390for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
2391had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
2392work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
2393the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
2394left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
2395pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
2396the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
2397the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
2398
2399I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
2400publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
2401Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
2402
2403So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
2404pushing to increase the membership?
2405
2406'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
2407more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
2408futile and impotent it becomes.'
2409
2410This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
2411
2412Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
2413diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
2414
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2416
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2419There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
2420about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
2421four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
2422anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
2423thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
2424
2425Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
2426and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
2427press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
2428obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
2429produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
2430this draft...'
2431
2432I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
2433hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
2434incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
2435
2436'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
2437redundancy payments as well.'
2438
2439'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
2440it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
2441
2442'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
2443
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2445
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2448A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
2449was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
2450and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
2451jets and all.
2452
2453I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
2454
2455I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
2456Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
2457specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
2458the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
2459jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
2460grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
2461in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
2462
2463While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
2464taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
2465me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
2466sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
2467three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
2468plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
2469occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
2470were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
2471
2472And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
2473were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
2474
2475Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
2476name like Charlie Umtali?
2477
2478I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
2479know something about our official visitor.
2480
2481Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
2482has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
2483car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
2484to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
2485knew little of his background.
2486
2487I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
2488Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
2489first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
2490
2491Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
2492
2493'Why?' I enquired.
2494
2495'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
2496to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
2497never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
2498
2499Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
2500that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
2501
2502In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
2503where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
2504revolving door and comes out in front.'
2505
2506'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
2507
2508'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
2509
2510'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
2511
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2512=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
2513
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2516 It's not that easy bein' green
2517 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
2518 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
2519 Or something much more colorful like that
51caa79e 2520
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2521 It's not easy bein' green
2522 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
2523 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
2524 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
2525 Or stars in the sky
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2527 But green's the color of Spring
2528 And green can be cool and friendly-like
2529 And green can be big like an ocean
2530 Or important like a mountain
2531 Or tall like a tree
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2533 When green is all there is to be
2534 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
2535 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
2536 And I think it's what I want to be
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2538=head2 v5.8.8-RC1 - Cosgrove Hall Productions, "Dangermouse"
2539
f3d08688 2540L<Announced on 2006-01-20 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2006/01/msg108833.html>
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4ed12d4a 2542 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 2543
4ed12d4a 2544 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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2546=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2547
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2550And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
2551hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
2552cat.
2553
2554Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 2555the wolf? What then?"
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2557=head2 v5.8.7-RC1 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
2558
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2561And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
2562bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
2563round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
2564
2565In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
2566gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
2567climbed up the high stone wall.
2568
2569One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
2570stretched out over the wall.
2571
2572Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
2573Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
2574take care that he doesn't catch you!".
2575
2576The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
2577snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
2578
2579How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 2580the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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2582=head2 v5.8.6 - A. A. Milne, "The House at Pooh Corner"
2583
f3d08688 2584L<Announced on 2004-11-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/11/msg96304.html>
2831a86c 2585
4363636d 2586"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 2587you."
4363636d 2588
51caa79e 2589"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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2590
2591"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
2592and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 2593to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 2594
51caa79e 2595"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.
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2596
2597"It will, because Christopher Robin says it will, so that's why I'm
2598planting it."
2599
2600"Well," aid Pooh, "if I plant a honeycomb outside my house, then it will
51caa79e 2601grow up into a beehive."
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51caa79e 2603Piglet wasn't quite sure about this.
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2604
2605"Or a /piece/ of a honeycomb," said Pooh, "so as not to waste too much.
2606Only then I might only get a piece of a beehive, and it might be the
51caa79e 2607wrong piece, where the bees were buzzing and not hunnying. Bother"
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51caa79e 2609Piglet agreed that that would be rather bothering.
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2610
2611"Besides, Pooh, it's a very difficult thing, planting unless you know
2612how to do it," he said; and he put the acorn in the hole he had made,
51caa79e 2613and covered it up with earth, and jumped on it.
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2615=head2 v5.8.6-RC1 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie the Pooh"
2616
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2617L<Announced on 2004-11-11 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/11/msg95786.html>
2618
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2619"Hallo!" said Piglet, "whare are /you/ doing?"
2620
2621"Hunting," said Pooh.
2622
2623"Hunting what?"
2624
2625"Tracking something," said Winnie-the-Pooh very mysteriously.
2626
2627"Tracking what?" said Piglet, coming closer.
2628
2629"That's just what I ask myself, I ask myself, What?"
2630
2631"What do you think you'll answer?"
2632
2633"I shall have to wait until I catch up with it," said Winnie-the-Pooh.
2634"Now, look there." He pointed to the ground in front of him. "What do
2635you see there?"
2636
2637"Track," said Piglet. "Paw-marks." He gave a little squeak of
2638excitement. "Oh, Pooh!" Do you think it's a--a--a Woozle?"
2639
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2640=head2 v5.8.5 - wikipedia, "Yew"
2641
f3d08688 2642L<Announced on 2004-07-19 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg93189.html>
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2644Yews are relatively slow growing trees, widely used in landscaping and
2645ornamental horticulture. They have flat, dark-green needles, reddish
2646bark, and bear seeds with red arils, which are eaten by thrushes,
2647waxwings and other birds, dispersing the hard seeds undamaged in their
2648droppings. Yew wood is reddish brown (with white sapwood), and very
2649hard. It was traditionally used to make bows, especially the English
2650longbow.
2651
2652In England, the Common Yew (Taxus baccata, also known as English Yew) is
2653often found in churchyards. It is sometimes suggested that these are
2654placed there as a symbol of long life or trees of death, and some are
2655likely to be over 3,000 years old. It is also suggested that yew trees
2656may have a pre-Christian association with old pagan holy sites, and the
2657Christian church found it expedient to use and take over existing sites.
2658Another explanation is that the poisonous berries and foliage discourage
2659farmers and drovers from letting their animals wander into the burial
2660grounds. The yew tree is a frequent symbol in the Christian poetry of
51caa79e 2661T.S. Eliot, especially his Four Quartets.
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2663=head2 v5.8.5-RC2 - wikipedia, "Beech"
2664
f3d08688 2665L<Announced on 2004-07-09 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92934.html>
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2667Beeches are trees of the Genus Fagus, family Fagaceae, including about
2668ten species in Europe, Asia, and North America. The leaves are entire or
2669sparsely toothed. The fruit is a small, sharply-angled nut, borne in
2670pairs in spiny husks. The beech most commonly grown as an ornamental or
2671shade tree is the European beech (Fagus sylvatica).
2672
2673The southern beeches belong to a different but related genus,
2674Nothofagus. They are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, New
51caa79e 2675Caledonia and South America.
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2677=head2 v5.8.5-RC1 - wikipedia, "Pedunculate Oak" (abridged)
2678
f3d08688 2679L<Announced on 2004-07-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/07/msg92840.html>
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2681The Pedunculate Oak is called the Common Oak in Britain, and is also
2682often called the English Oak in other English speaking countries It is a
2683large deciduous tree to 25-35m tall (exceptionally to 40m), with lobed
2684and sessile (stalk-less) leaves. Flowering takes place in early to mid
2685spring, and their fruit, called "acorns", ripen by autumn of the same
2686year. The acorns are pedunculate (having a peduncle or acorn-stalk) and
2687may occur singly, or several acorns may occur on a stalk.
2688
2689It forms a long-lived tree, with a large widespreading head of rugged
2690branches. While it may naturally live to an age of a few centuries, many
2691of the oldest trees are pollarded or coppiced, both pruning techniques
2692that extend the tree's potential lifespan, if not its health.
2693
2694Within its native range it is valued for its importance to insects and
2695other wildlife. Numerous insects live on the leaves, buds, and in the
2696acorns. The acorns form a valuable food resource for several small
2697mammals and some birds, notably Jays Garrulus glandarius.
2698
2699It is planted for forestry, and produces a long-lasting and durable
51caa79e 2700heartwood, much in demand for interior and furniture work.
4363636d 2701
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2702=head2 v5.8.4 - T. S. Eliot, "The Old Gumbie Cat"
2703
f3d08688 2704L<Announced on 2004-04-22 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90984.html>
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2706 I have a Gumbie Cat in mind, her name is Jennyanydots;
2707 The curtain-cord she likes to wind, and tie it into sailor-knots.
2708 She sits upon the window-sill, or anything that's smooth and flat:
2709 She sits and sits and sits and sits -- and that's what makes a Gumbie Cat!
2710
2711 But when the day's hustle and bustle is done,
2712 Then the Gumbie Cat's work is but hardly begun.
2713 She thinks that the cockroaches just need employment
2714 To prevent them from idle and wanton destroyment.
2715 So she's formed, from that a lot of disorderly louts,
2716 A troop of well-disciplined helpful boy-scouts,
2717 With a purpose in life and a good deed to do--
2718 And she's even created a Beetles' Tattoo.
2719
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2720 So for Old Gumbie Cats let us now give three cheers --
2721 On whom well-ordered households depend, it appears.
2722
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2723
2724=head2 v5.8.4-RC2 - T. S. Eliot, "Macavity: The Mystery Cat"
2725
f3d08688 2726L<Announced on 2004-04-16 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90796.html>
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2728 Macavity's a Mystery Cat: he's called the Hidden Paw --
2729 For he's the master criminal who can defy the Law.
2730 He's the bafflement of Scotland Yard, the Flying Squad's despair:
2731 For when they reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2732
2733 Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
2734 He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
2735 His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
2736 And when you reach the scene of crime -- /Macavity's not there/!
2737 You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air --
2738 But I tell you once and once again, /Macavity's not there/!
2739
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2740=head2 v5.8.4-RC1 - T. S. Eliot, "Skimbleshanks: The Railway Cat"
2741
f3d08688 2742L<Announced on 2004-04-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/04/msg90422.html>
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2744 There's a whisper down the line at 11.39
2745 When the Night Mail's ready to depart,
2746 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble has he gone to hunt the thimble?
2747 We must find him of the train can't start.'
2748 All the guards and all the porters and the stationmaster's daughters
2749 They are searching high and low,
2750 Saying 'Skimble where is Skimble for unless he's very nimble
2751 Then the Night Mail just can't go'
2752 At 11.42 then the signal's overdue
2753 And the passengers are frantic to a man--
2754 Then Skimble will appear and he'll saunter to the rear:
2755 He's been busy in the luggage van!
2756 He gives one flash of his glass-green eyes
c5fb089a 2757 And the signal goes 'All Clear!'
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2758 And we're off at last of the northern part
2759 Of the Northern Hemisphere!
2760
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2761=head2 v5.8.3 - Arthur William Edgar O'Shaugnessy, "Ode"
2762
f3d08688 2763L<Announced on 2004-01-14 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg87317.html>
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2765 We are the music makers,
2766 And we are the dreamers of dreams,
2767 Wandering by lonely sea-breakers,
2768 And sitting by desolate streams; --
2769 World-losers and world-forsakers,
2770 On whom the pale moon gleams:
2771 Yet we are the movers and shakers
2772 Of the world for ever, it seems.
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2774=head2 v5.8.3-RC1 - Irving Berlin, "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
2775
f3d08688 2776L<Announced on 2004-01-07 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/01/msg86969.html>
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2778 There may be trouble ahead,
2779 But while there's music and moonlight,
2780 And love and romance,
2781 Let's face the music and dance.
2782
2783 Before the fiddlers have fled,
2784 Before they ask us to pay the bill,
2785 And while we still have that chance,
2786 Let's face the music and dance.
2787
2788 Soon, we'll be without the moon,
2789 Humming a different tune, and then,
2790
2791 There may be teardrops to shed,
2792 So while there's music and moonlight,
2793 And love and romance,
2794 Let's face the music and dance.
2795
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2796=head2 v5.8.2 - Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"
2797
f3d08688 2798L<Announced on 2003-11-05 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg84822.html>
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2800 Passage, immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins!
2801 Away O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
2802 Cut the hawsers - hall out - shake out every sail!
2803 Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
2804 Have we not grovel'd here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
2805 Have we not darken'd and dazed ourselves with books long enough?
2806
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2807 Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only,
2808 Reckless O soul, exploring, I with the and thou with me,
2809 For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go,
2810 And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.
2811
2812 O my brave soul!
2813 O farther farther sail!
2814 O daring job, but safe! are they not all the seas of God?
2815 O farther, farther, farther sail!
2816
2ee7da68 2817=head2 v5.8.2-RC2 - Eric Idle and John Du Prez, "Accountancy Shanty"
4363636d 2818
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2821 It's fun to charter an accountant
2822 And sail the wide accountan-cy,
2823 To find, explore the funds offshore
2824 And skirt the shoals of bankruptcy.
2825
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2826=head2 v5.8.2-RC1 - Edward Lear, "The Jumblies"
2827
f3d08688 2828L<Announced on 2003-10-27 by Nicholas Clark|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/10/msg84194.html>
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2830 They went to sea in a Sieve, they did,
2831 In a Sieve they went to sea:
2832 In spite of all their friends could say,
2833 On a winter's morn, on a stormy day,
2834 In a Sieve they went to sea!
2835 And when the Sieve turned round and round,
2836 And everyone cried, "You'll all be drowned!"
2837 They cried aloud, "Our Sieve ain't big,
2838 But we don't care a button, we don't care a fig!
2839 In a Sieve we'll go to sea!"
2840
2841 Far and few, far and few,
2842 Are the lands where the Jumblies live;
2843 Their heads are green, and their hands are blue,
2844 And they went to sea in a Sieve.
2845
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2846=head2 v5.8.1 - epigraph same as v5.7.1
2847
2848L<Announced on 2003-09-25 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82678.html>
2849
2850=head2 v5.8.1-RC5 - Terry Pratchett, "Lords and Ladies"
2851
2852L<Announced on 2003-09-22 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/09/msg82476.html>
2853
2854No matter what she did with her hair it took about
2855three minutes for it to tangle itself up again,
2856like a garden hosepipe in a shed [Footnote: Which,
2857no matter how carefully coiled, will always uncoil
2858overnight and tie the lawnmower to the bicycles].
2859
2860=head2 v5.8.1-RC4 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2861
2862L<Announced on 2003-08-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/08/msg79184.html>
2863
2864Grand Viziers were /always/ scheming megalomaniacs.
2865It was probably in the job description: "Are you a
2866devious, plotting, unreliable madman? Ah, good,
2867then you can be my most trusted minister."
2868
2869=head2 v5.8.1-RC3 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2870
2871L<Announced on 2003-07-30 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg79048.html>
2872
2873Lord Hong had a mind like a knife, although possibly
2874a knife with a curved blade.
2875
2876=head2 v5.8.1-RC2 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2877
2878L<Announced on 2003-07-11 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78102.html>
2879
2880Many an ancient lord's last words had been, "You can't kill
2881me because I've got magic aaargh."
2882
2883=head2 v5.8.1-RC1 - Terry Pratchett, "Interesting Times"
2884
2885L<Announced on 2003-07-10 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/07/msg78009.html>
2886
2887Cohen was familiar with city gates. He'd broken down a number
2888in his time, by battering ram, siege gun, and on one occasion
2889with his head.
2890
2891But the gates of Hunghung were pretty damn good gates. They
2892weren't like the gates of Ankh-Morpork, which were usually wide
2893open to attract the spending customer and whose concession to
2894defense was the sign "Thank You For Not Attacking Our City.
2895Bonum Diem." These things were big and made of metal and there
2896was a guardhouse and a squad of unhelpful men in black armor.
2897
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2898=head2 v5.8.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2899
2900L<Announced on 2002-07-18 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63720.html>
2901
2902There was the faint sound of footsteps.
2903"Chap with a whip got as far as the big sharp spikes last week,"
2904said the low priest.
2905There was a sound like the flushing of a very old dry lavatory.
2906The footsteps stopped. The High Priest smiled to himself.
2907"Right," he said. "See your two pebbles and raise you two pebbles."
2908The low priest threw down his cards. "Double Onion," he said.
2909The High Priest looked down suspiciously.
2910The low priest consulted a scrap of paper. "That's three hundred
2911thousand, nine hundred and sixty-four pebbles you owe me," he said.
2912There was the sound of footsteps. The priests exchanged glances.
2913"Haven't had one for poisoned-dart alley for quite some time,"
2914said the High Priest.
2915"Five says he makes it", said the low priest. "You're on."
2916There was a faint clatter of metal points on stone.
2917"It's a shame to take your pebbles."
2918There were footsteps again.
2919
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2921
2922L<Announced on 2002-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/07/msg63234.html>
2923
2924=head2 v5.8.0-RC2 - no epigraph
2925
2926L<Announced on 2002-06-21 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg62013.html>
2927
2928=head2 v5.8.0-RC1 - no epigraph
2929
2930L<Announced on 2002-06-01 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/06/msg60317.html>
2931
2932=head2 v5.7.3 - Terry Pratchett, "Reaper Man"
2933
2934L<Announced on 2002-03-04 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2002/03/msg53652.html>
2935
2936Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong.
2937No matter how fast light travels it finds the darkness has always
2938got there first, and is waiting for it.
2939
2940=head2 v5.7.2 - Terry Pratchett, "Small Gods"
2941
2942L<Announced on 2001-07-13 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/07/msg40370.html>
2943
2944His philosophy was a mixture of three famous schools --
2945the Cynics, the Stoics and the Epicureans -- and summed up
2946all three of them in his famous phrase, "You can't trust any
2947bugger further than you can throw him, and there's nothing
2948you can do about it, so let's have a drink."
2949
2950=head2 v5.7.1 - Terry Pratchett, "The Colour of Magic"
2951
dd047fac 2952L<Announced on 2001-04-09 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33851.html>
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2954"What happens next?" asked Twoflower.
2955
2956Hrun screwed a finger in his ear and inspected it absently.
2957
2958"Oh,", he said, "I expect in a minute the door will be
2959flung back and I'll be dragged off to some sort of temple
2960arena where I'll fight maybe a couple of giant spiders
2961and an eight-foot slave from the jungles of Klatch and then
2962I'll rescue some kind of a princess from the altar and then
2963I'll kill off a few guards or whatever and then this girl
2964will show me the secret passage out of the place and we'll
2965liberate a couple of horses and escape with the treasure."
2966Hrun leaned his head back on his hands and looked at the
2967ceiling, whistling tunelessly.
2968
2969"All that?" said Twoflower.
2970
2971"Usually."
2972
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2973=head2 v5.7.0 - Terry Pratchett, "Moving Pictures"
2974
2975L<Announced on 2000-09-02 by Jarkko Hietaniemi|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/09/msg17730.html>
2976
2977The Librarian had seen many weird things in his time,
2978but that had to be the 57th strangest.
2979[footnote: he had a tidy mind]
2980
2ee7da68 2981=head2 v5.6.2 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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f3d08688 2983L<Announced on 2003-11-15 by Rafael Garcia-Suarez|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/11/msg85222.html>
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2984
2985When great or unexpected events fall out upon the stage of this
2986sublunary word--the mind of man, which is an inquisitive kind of
2987a substance, naturally takes a flight, behind the scenes, to see
2988what is the cause and first spring of them--The search was not
2989long in this instance.
2990
2ee7da68 2991=head2 v5.6.2-RC1 - Laurence Sterne, "Tristram Shandy"
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2994
2995"Pray, my dear", quoth my mother, "have you not forgot to wind up the clock?"
2996
2831a86c 2997=head2 v5.6.1 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", Riddles in the Dark
4363636d 2998
2831a86c 2999L<Announced on 2001-04-08 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2001/04/msg33823.html>
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3001`What have I got in my pocket?' he said aloud. He was talking to
3002himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully
3003upset.
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3005`Not fair! not fair!' he hissed. `It isn't fair, my precious, is it,
3006to ask us what it's got in its nassty little pocketses?'
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3008Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask
3009stuck to his question, `What have I got in my pocket?' he said
3010louder.
4363636d 3011
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3012`S-s-s-s-s,' hissed Gollum. `It must give us three guesseses,
3013my precious, three guesseses.'
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2831a86c 3015=head2 v5.6.1-foolish - no epigraph
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3e340399 3018
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3021No announcement available.
3022
2831a86c 3023=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL2 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 3027=head2 v5.6.1-TRIAL1 - no epigraph
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2831a86c 3031=head2 v5.6.0 - J R R Tolkien, "The Hobbit", The Last Stage
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3033L<Announced on 2000-03-23 by Gurusamy Sarathy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2000/03/msg10341.html>
3034
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3035 The dragon is withered,
3036 His bones are now crumbled;
3037 His armour is shivered,
3038 His splendour is humbled!
3039 Though sword shall be rusted,
3040 And throne and crown perish
3041 With strength that men trusted
3042 And wealth that they cherish,
3043 Here grass is still growing,
3044 And leaves are a yet swinging,
3045 The white water flowing,
3046 And elves are yet singing
3047 Come! Tra-la-la-lally!
3048 Come back to the valley.
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3050=head2 v5.6.0-RC3 - no epigraph
3051
3052L<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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3054=head2 v5.005_05-RC1 - no epigraph
3055
3056L<Announced on 2009-02-16 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2009/02/msg144227.html>
3057
3058=head2 v5.005_04 - no epigraph
3059
f3d08688 3060L<Announced on 2004-03-01 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/03/msg89047.html>
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3062=head2 v5.005_04-RC2 - Rudyard Kipling, "The Jungle Book"
3063
f3d08688 3064L<Announced on 2004-02-19 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88672.html>
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3065
3066The monkeys called the place their city, and pretended to despise
3067the Jungle-People because they lived in the forest. And yet they
3068never knew what the buildings were made for nor how to use
3069them. They would sit in circles on the hall of the king's council
3070chamber, and scratch for fleas and pretend to be men; or they would
3071run in and out of the roofless houses and collect pieces of plaster
3072and old bricks in a corner, and forget where they had hidden them,
3073and fight and cry in scuffling crowds, and then break off to play up
3074and down the terraces of the king's garden, where they would shake
3075the rose trees and the oranges in sport to see the fruit and flowers
3076fall.
3077
3078=head2 v5.005_04-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3079
f3d08688 3080L<Announced on 2004-02-05 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2004/02/msg88312.html>
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3081
3082Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had
3083plenty of time as she went down to look about her and to wonder what was
3084going to happen next. First, she tried to look down and make out what
3085she was coming to, but it was too dark to see anything; then she looked
3086at the sides of the well, and noticed that they were filled with
3087cupboards and book-shelves; here and there she saw maps and pictures
3088hung upon pegs. She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she
3089passed; it was labelled 'ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great
3090disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear
3091of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as
3092she fell past it.
3093
3094=head2 v1.0_16 - Johan Vromans, extemporarily
3095
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3096L<Announced on 2003-12-18 by Richard Clamp|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2003/12/msg86423.html>
3097
3098 't was 16 years ago today
3099 Larry taught us a new game
3100 of lazyness, impatience, and hubris
3101 Happy birthday, Perl!
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3103=head1 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
3104
0e6b8110 3105This document was originally compiled based on a list of epigraphs
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3106on L<Perl Monks|http://perlmonks.org> titled
3107L<Recent Perl Release Announcement|http://perlmonks.org/?node_id=372406>
3108by ysth.
3109
3110=cut
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