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0e6b8110 5perlepigraphs - list of Perl release epigraphs
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7=head1 DESCRIPTION
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0e6b8110 9Many Perl release announcements included an I<epigraph>, a short excerpt
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10from a literary or other creative work, chosen by the pumpking or release
11manager. This file assembles the known list of epigraph for posterity,
12and also links to the release announcements in mailing list archives.
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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 v5.27.3 - Rodgers and Hammerstein, "You'll Never Walk Alone"
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22L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/08/msg245988.html>
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24 When you walk through a storm
25 Hold your head up high
26 And don't be afraid of the dark
27
28 At the end of a storm
29 There's a golden sky
30 And the sweet silver song of a lark
31
32 Walk on through the wind
33 Walk on through the rain
34 Though your dreams be tossed and blown
35
36 Walk on, walk on
37 With hope in your heart
38 And you'll never walk alone
39
40 You'll never walk alone
41
42 Walk on, walk on
43 With hope in your heart
44 And you'll never walk alone
45
46 You'll never walk alone
47
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48=head2 v5.27.2 - Lev Grossman, Codex
49
50L<Announced on 2017-07-20 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245585.html>
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52 He went back for another stack of books: a three-volume English legal
53 treatise; a travel guide to Tuscany from the '20s crammed with faded
54 Italian wildflowers that fluttered out from between the pages like
55 moths; a French edition of Turgeniev so decayed that it came apart in
56 his hands; a register of London society from 1863. In a way it was
57 idiotic. He was treating these books like they were holy relics. It
58 wasn't like he would ever actually read them. But there was something
59 magnetic about them, something that compelled respect, even the silly
60 ones, like the Enlightenment treatise about how lightning was caused
61 by bees. They were information, data, but not in the form he was used
62 to dealing with it. They were non-digital, nonelectrical chunks of
63 memory, not stamped out of silicon but laboriously crafted out of wood
64 pulp and ink, leather and glue. Somebody had cared enough to write
65 these things; somebody else had cared enough to buy them, possibly
66 even read them, at the very least keep them safe for 150 years,
67 sometimes longer, when they could have vanished at the touch of a
68 spark. That made them worth something, didn't it, just by itself?
69 Though most of them would have bored him rigid the second he cracked
70 them open, which there wasn't much chance of. Maybe that was what he
71 found so appealing: the sight of so many books that he'd never have to
72 read, so much work he'd never have to do.
73
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74=head2 v5.27.1 - Rona Munro, Doctor Who: Survival
75
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78 There are worlds out there where the sky is burning,
79 where the sea's asleep and the rivers dream,
80 people made of smoke and cities made of song.
81 Somewhere there's danger,
82 somewhere there's injustice
83 and somewhere else the tea is getting cold.
84 Come on, Ace, we've got work to do.
85
86=head2 v5.27.0 - Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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90 People who have theories as to how one should live tend to forget the
91 limitations of nature. If your way of life involves constant
92 restraint of impulse for the sake of some one supreme aim that you
93 have set yourself, it is likely that the aim will become increasingly
94 distasteful because of the efforts that it demands; impulse, denied
95 its normal outlets, will find others, probably in spite; pleasure, if
96 you allow yourself any at all, will be dissociated from the main
97 current of your life, and will become Bacchic and frivolous. Such
98 pleasure brings no happiness, but only a deeper despair.
99
100 -- Bertrand Russell, The Road to Happiness
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102=head2 v5.26.0 - Nine Simone, Ain't Got No / I Got Life
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106 I've got the life
107 And I'm gonna keep it
108 I've got the life
109 And nobody's gonna take it away
110 I've got the life
111
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112=head2 v5.26.0-RC2 - Richard Condon, The Manchurian Candidate
113
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116 Amateur psychiatric prognosis can be fascinating when there is
117 absolutely nothing else to do.
118
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119=head2 v5.26.0-RC1 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
120
121L<Announced on 2017-05-11 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/05/msg244337.html>
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123 A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial
124 appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in
125 defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more
126 converts than reason.
127
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128=head2 v5.25.12 - Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
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132 I have told my sons that they are not under any circumstances to take
133 part in massacres, and that the news of massacres of enemies is not
134 to fill them with satisfaction or glee.
135
136 I have also told them not to work for companies which make massacre
137 machinery, and to express contempt for people who think we need
138 machinery like that.
139
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140=head2 v5.25.11 - Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow
141
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142L<Announced on 2017-03-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/03/msg243624.html>
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144 Subjective confidence in a judgment is not a reasoned evaluation of
145 the probability that this judgment is correct. Confidence is a
146 feeling, which reflects the coherence of the information and the
147 cognitive ease of processing it. It is wise to take admissions of
148 uncertainty seriously, but declarations of high confidence mainly
149 tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his
150 mind, not necessarily that the story is true.
151
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154L<Announced on 2017-02-20 by Renee Bäcker|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/02/msg243173.html>
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156 He who wants the world to remain as it is
157 doesn't want it to remain.
158
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159=head2 v5.25.9 - A. A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh", 1926
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161L<Announced on 2017-01-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242405.html>
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163 Pooh always liked a little something at eleven o'clock in the
164 morning, and he was very glad to see Rabbit getting out the plates
165 and mugs; and when Rabbit said, "Honey or condensed milk with
166 your bread?" he was so excited that he said, "Both," and then,
167 so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the
168 bread, please."
169
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170=head2 v5.25.8 - Langston Hughes, So long
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174 So long
175 is in the song
176 and it's in the way you're gone
177 but it's like a foreign language
178 in my mind
179 and maybe was I blind
180 I could not see
181 and would not know
182 you're gone so long
183 so long.
184
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185=head2 v5.25.7 - J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Silmarillion"
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187L<Announced on 2016-11-20 by Chad 'Exodist' Granum|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/11/msg241120.html>
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189 Of Beren and Lúthien
190
191 Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of
192 those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy and under the
193 shadow of death light that endures. And of these histories most fair still in
194 the ears of the Elves is the tale of Beren and Lúthien. Of their lives was made
195 the Lay of Leithian, Release from Bondage, which is the longest save one of the
196 songs concerning the world of old; but here is told in fewer words and without
197 song.
198
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199=head2 v5.25.6 - Alan Warner, "The Sopranos"
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201L<Announced on 2016-10-10 by Aaron Crane|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240406.html>
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203 I'm up on all the pop trivia, says the guy with the stud in his tongue.
204 Are you?
205 Yes. Do you know who he lead singer of Echo and the Bunnymen is?
206 Let me guess, is he called Echo?
207 Good guess but no, anyway when they played Glastonbury it was so
208 muddy he had two roadies to hold up a binliner on each of his legs so
209 they wouldn't get covered in mud.
210 That's what being rich and famous is all about, having someone
211 else hold up your binliners on each leg when you're wandering across
212 a sea of shite.
213 Do you know what Sammy Davis Junior said being black and famous in
214 America meant?
215 No.
216 He said being black and famous in America meant he could be
217 refused entry to exclusive clubs and restaurants that other people
218 could only ever dream of going to. Do you know Michael Stipe likes to
219 send his remote control toy cars onto stage while his support band are
220 playing to freak them out?
221 Who's Michael Stipe?
222 You're not really a pop trivia person, are you, Kylah?
223 No, I'm not, Stephen.
224
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225=head2 v5.25.5 - Philip K. Dick, VALIS
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227L<Announced on 2016-09-20 by Stevan Little|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/09/msg239887.html>
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229 We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is
230 change in the content of the information; the message has changed.
231 This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves
232 are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content
233 of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information
234 enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now
235 in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in
236 fact this is all we are doing
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238=head2 v5.25.4 - Terry Pratchett, "Truckers"
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240L<Announced on 2016-08-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg239191.html>
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242 Concerning Nomes and Time
243
244 Nomes are small. On the whole, small creatures don't live for a long
245 time. But perhaps they do live fast.
246
247 Let me explain.
248
249 One of the shortest-lived creatures on the planet Earth is the adult
250 common mayfly. It lasts for one day. The longest-living things are
251 bristlecone pine trees, at 4,700 years and still counting.
252
253 This may seem tough on the mayflies. But the important thing is not
254 how long your life is, but how long it seems.
255
256 To a mayfly, a single hour may last as long as a century. Perhaps
257 old mayflies sit around complaining about how life this minute isn't a
258 patch on the good old minutes of long ago, when the world was
259 young and the sun seemed so much brighter and larvae showed you a
260 bit of respect. Whereas the trees, which are not famous to their
261 quick reactions, may just have time to notice the way the sky keeps
262 flickering before the dry rot and woodworm set in.
263
264 It's all a sort of relativity. The faster you live, the more time
265 stretches out. To a nome, a year lasts as long as ten years does to a
266 human. Remember it. Don't let it concern you. They don't. They don't
267 even know.
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269=head2 v5.25.3 - Edward Lear, ed. Vivien Noakes, "The Complete Nonsense and Other Verse": The Dong with a Luminous Nose
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271L<Announced on 2016-07-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238158.html>
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273 When awful darkness and silence reign
274 Over the great Gromboolian plain,
275 Through the long, long wintry nights; -
276 When the angry breakers roar
277 As they beat on the rocky shore; -
278 When Storm-clouds brood on the towering heights
279 Of the Hills of the Chankly Bore: -
280
281 Then, through the vast and gloomy dark,
282 There moves what seems a fiery spark,
283 A lonely spark with silvery rays
284 Piercing the coal-black night, -
285 A Meteor strange and bright: -
286 Hither and thither the vision strays,
287 A single lurid light.
288
289 Slowly it wanders, - pauses, - creeps, -
290 Anon it sparkles, - flashes and leaps;
291 And ever as onward it gleaming goes
292 A light on the Bong-tree stems it throws.
293 And those who watch at that midnight hour
294 From Hall or Terrace, or lofty Tower,
295 Cry, as the wild light passes along, -
296 'The Dong! - the Dong!
297 The wandering Dong through the forest goes!
298 The Dong! the Dong!
299 The Dong with a luminous Nose!'
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301=head2 v5.25.2 - Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip "Waiting For The Beat To Kick In"
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303L<Announced on 2016-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/06/msg237274.html>
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305 Waiting for the beat to kick in
306 But it never does
307 Waiting for my feet to grow wings
308 That lift me above
309 All of these tiresome things
310 That we know and love
311 Waiting for the beat to kick in
312 But it never does
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314=head2 v5.25.1 - Eli Pariser, "The Filter Bubble"
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318Imagine that you're a smart high school student on the low end of the social
319totem pole. You're alienated from adult authority, but unlike many teenagers,
320you're also alienated from the power structures of your peers -- an existence
321that can feel lonely and peripheral. Systems and equations are intuitive, but
322people aren't -- social signals are confusing and messy, difficult to interpret.
323
324Then you discover code. You may be powerless at the lunch table, but code
325gives you power over an infinitely malleable world and opens the door to a
326symbolic system that's perfectly clear and ordered. The jostling for position
327and status fades away. The nagging parental voices disappear. There's just a
328clean, white page for you to fill, an opportunity to build a better place, a
329home, from the ground up.
330
331No wonder you're a geek.
332
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333=head2 v5.25.0 - Robert Frost, "The Trial by Existence"
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335L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236244.html>
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337 Even the bravest that are slain
338 Shall not dissemble their surprise
339 On waking to find valor reign,
340 Even as on earth, in paradise;
341 And where they sought without the sword
342 Wide fields of asphodel fore’er,
343 To find that the utmost reward
344 Of daring should be still to dare.
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346=head2 v5.24.2 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
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348L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245527.html>
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350 A short while later, through the wood,
351 Came striding brave Miss Riding Hood.
352 The Wolf stood there, his eyes ablaze
353 And yellowish, like mayonnaise.
354 His teeth were sharp, his gums were raw,
355 And spit was dripping from his jaw.
356 Once more the maiden's eyelid flickers.
357 She draws the pistol from her knickers.
358 Once more, she hits the vital spot,
359 And kills him with a single shot.
360 Pig, peeping through the window, stood
361 And yelled, 'Well done, Miss Riding Hood!'
362
363 Ah, Piglet, you must never trust
364 Young ladies from the upper crust.
365 For now, Miss Riding Hood, one notes,
366 Not only has two wolfskin coats,
367 But when she goes from place to place,
368 She has a PIGSKIN TRAVELLING CASE.
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370=head2 v5.24.2-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "The Three Little Pigs"
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372L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245292.html>
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374 The animal I really dig
375 Above all others is the pig.
376 Pigs are noble. Pigs are clever,
377 Pig are courteous. However,
378 Now and then, to break this rule,
379 One meets a pig who is a fool.
380 What, for example, would you say
381 If strolling through the woods one day,
382 Right there in front of you you saw
383 A pig who'd built his house of STRAW?
384 The Wolf who saw it licked his lips,
385 And said, 'That pig has had his chips.'
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387=head2 v5.24.1 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "The Hunting of the Snark", Fit 4: The Hunting
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389L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242259.html>
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391 The Bellman looked uffish, and wrinkled his brow.
392 'If only you'd spoken before!
393 It's excessively awkward to mention it now,
394 With the Snark, so to speak, at the door!
395
396 'We should all of us grieve, as you well may believe,
397 If you never were met with again -
398 But surely, my man, when the voyage began,
399 You might have suggested it then?
400
401 'It's excessively awkward to mention it now -
402 As I think I've already remarked.'
403 And the man they called 'Hi!' replied, with a sigh,
404 'I informed you the day we embarked.
405
406 'You may charge me with murder - or want of sense -
407 (We are all of us weak at times):
408 But the slightest approach to a false pretence
409 Was never among my crimes!
410
411 'I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch -
412 I said it in German and Greek:
413 But I wholly forgot (and it vexes me much)
414 That English is what you speak!'
415
416 ''Tis a pitiful tale,' said the Bellman, whose face
417 Had grown longer at every word:
418 'But, now that you've stated the whole of your case,
419 More debate would be simply absurd.
420
421 'The rest of my speech' (he exclaimed to his men)
422 'You shall hear when I've leisure to speak it.
423 But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
424 'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!
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426=head2 v5.24.1-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book IV
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428L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242016.html>
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430 Thus passed the night so foul, till Morning fair
431 Came forth with pilgrim steps, in amice grey;
432 Who with her radiant finger stilled the roar
433 Of thunder, chased the clouds, and laid the winds,
434 And grisly spectres, which the fiend had raised
435 To tempt the Son of God with terrors dire.
436 And now the sun with more effectual beams
437 Had cheered the face of earth, and dried the wet
438 From drooping plant, or dropping tree; the birds,
439 Who all things now behold more fresh and green,
440 After a night of storm so ruinous,
441 Cleared up their choicest notes in bush and spray,
442 To gratulate the sweet return of morn.
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444=head2 v5.24.1-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
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446L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240224.html>
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448 Before the gates there sat
449 On either side a formidable shape;
450 The one seemed woman to the waste, and fair,
451 But ended foul in many a scaly fold,
452 Voluminous and vast -- a serpent armed
453 With mortal sting; about her middle round
454 A cry of hell hounds never ceasing barked
455 With wide Cerberean mouths full loud, and rung
456 A hideous peal; yet, when they list, would creep,
457 If aught disturbed their noise, into her womb,
458 And kennel there; yet there still barked and howled
459 Within unseen. Far less abhorred than these
460 Vexed Scylla, bathing in the sea that parts
461 Calabria from the hoarse Trinacrian shore;
462 Nor uglier follow the night-hag, when, called
463 In secret, riding through the air she comes,
464 Lured with the smell of infant blood, to dance
465 With Lapland witches, while the labouring moon
466 Eclipses at their charms. The other shape --
467 If shape it might be called that shape had none
468 Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb;
469 Or substance might be called that shadow seemed,
470 For each seemed either -- black it stood as night,
471 Fierce as ten Furies, terrible as hell,
472 And shook a dreadful dart: what seemed his head
473 The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
474 Satan was now at hand, and from his seat
475 The monster moving onward came as fast
476 With horrid strides; hell trembled as he strode.
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478=head2 v5.24.1-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto XXIII
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480L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238909.html>
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482 A bird within the bower of her delight,
483 Quiet upon the nest with her sweet brood
484 Throughout the dark concealment of the night,
485
486 Anxious to look on them and gather food -
487 No weary task for her, for as at play
488 Blithely she toils to seek her fledglings' good -
489
490 Before the time, upon the topmost spray
491 Eager awaits the sun and on the East
492 Fixes her wakeful eye till break of day.
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494=head2 v5.24.1-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto X
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496L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238269.html>
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498 When we had crossed the threshold of that gate
499 Which the soul's evil loves put out of use,
500 Because they make the crooked path seem straight,
501
502 I heard its closing clang ring clamorous,
503 And had I then turned back my eyes to it
504 How could my fault have found the least excuse?
505
506 We had to climb now through a rocky slit
507 Which ran from side to side in many a swerve,
508 As runs the wave in onset and retreat.
509
510 "Now here," the master said, "we must observe
511 Some little caution, hugging now this wall,
512 Now that, upon the far side of the curve."
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514=head2 v5.24.1-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XX
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516L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238072.html>
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518 New punishments behoves me sing in this
519 Twentieth canto of my first canticle,
520 Which tells of spirits sunk in the Abyss.
521
522 I now stood ready to observe the full
523 Extent of the new chasm thus laid bare,
524 Drenched as it was in tears most miserable.
525
526 Through the round vale I saw folk drawing near,
527 Weeping and silent, and at such slow pace
528 As Litany processions keep, up here.
529
530 And presently, when I had dropped my gaze
531 Lower than the head, I saw them strangely wried
532 'Twixt collar-bone and chin, so that the face
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534 Of each was turned towards his own backside,
535 And backwards must they needs creep with their feet,
536 All power of looking forward being denied.
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538=head2 v5.24.0 - Robert Frost, "The Black Cottage"
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540L<Announced on 2016-05-09 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236242.html>
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542 As I sit here, and oftentimes, I wish
543 I could be monarch of a desert land
544 I could devote and dedicate forever
545 To the truths we keep coming back and back to.
546 So desert it would have to be, so walled
547 By mountain ranges half in summer snow,
548 No one would covet it or think it worth
549 The pains of conquering to force change on.
550 Scattered oases where men dwelt, but mostly
551 Sand dunes held loosely in tamarisk
552 Blown over and over themselves in idleness.
553 Sand grains should sugar in the natal dew
554 The babe born to the desert, the sand storm
555 Retard mid-waste my cowering caravans—
556
557 “There are bees in this wall.” He struck the clapboards,
558 Fierce heads looked out; small bodies pivoted.
559 We rose to go. Sunset blazed on the windows.
560
561=head2 v5.24.0-RC5 - The Mountain Goats, "No Children"
562
563L<Announced on 2016-05-04 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236198.html>
564
565 And I hope when you think of me years down the line
566 You can't find one good thing to say
567 And I'd hope that if I found the strength to walk out
568 You'd stay the hell out of my way
569
570 I am drowning, there is no sign of land
571 You are coming down with me, hand in unlovable hand
572
573=head2 v5.24.0-RC4 - The Joker in "The Killing Joke"
574
575L<Announced on 2016-05-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/05/msg236145.html>
576
577"See, there were these two guys in a lunatic asylum…"
578
579=head2 v5.24.0-RC3 - Jesse Vincent
580
581L<Announced on 2016-04-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236066.html>
582
583The Great Pumpkin is a Santa-Claus like figure. He does bring toys like
584Santa. But unlike Santa, who gives away toys because it's his job, he
585gives away toys because it's the right thing to do.
586
587=head2 v5.24.0-RC2 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
588
589L<Announced on 2016-04-23 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235999.html>
590
591“How do you feel, Yossarian?”
592
593“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”
594
595“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive. It won’t
596be fun.”
597
598Yossarian started out. “Yes it will.”
599
600“I mean it, Yossarian. You’ll have to keep on your toes every minute of
601every day. They’ll bend heaven and earth to catch you.”
602
603“I’ll keep on my toes every minute.”
604
605“You’ll have to jump.”
606
607“I’ll jump.”
608
609“Jump!” Major Danby cried.
610
611Yossarian jumped.
612
613Nately’s [girl] was hiding just outside the door. The knife came down,
614missing him by inches, and he took off.
615
616=head2 v5.24.0-RC1 - Robert Frost, "The Census-Taker"
617
618L<Announced on 2016-04-14 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235807.html>
619
620 Nothing was left to do that I could see
621 Unless to find that there was no one there
622 And declare to the cliffs too far for echo,
623 "The place is desert, and let whoso lurks
624 In silence, if in this he is aggrieved,
625 Break silence now or be forever silent.
626 Let him say why it should not be declared so."
627 The melancholy of having to count souls
628 Where they grow fewer and fewer every year
629 Is extreme where they shrink to none at all.
630 It must be I want life to go on living.
631
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632=head2 v5.23.9 - Tom Kitchin, "from nature to plate"
633
634L<Announced on 2016-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/03/msg235251.html>
635
636Spring
637
638Spring is the proper beginning of my kitchen and a season that I
639look forward to with great anticipation. By the time spring arrives
640I am desperate to welcome all the spring produce into my kitchen
641and I long to work with fresh green vegetables again. As much as I
642love root vegetables, such as celeriac and parsnips, and the heaver
643meat and game dishes, I'm ready to leave those behind with winter
644and begin a new adventure.
645
646Somehow spring always gives me a little bit of bounce in my feet
647-- I feel like I want to kick off my shoes and dance around in my
648kitchen. Not that I do, of course, but I feel lighter somehow. My
649adrenalin kicks in with spring and so does the level of excitement,
650as I think about all the produce that is about to come in.
651
652The moment spring arrives I'm eager to cook peas, broad beans, green
653asparagus and other fresh vegetables! I want to create lighter,
654brighter dishes and I can't wait to get my hands on the first greens
655and the first morels, not to mention the first wild Scottish salmon.
656Thanks to my network of trusted suppliers, I always get to first
657produce of the season delivered to my restaurant as soon as it is
658possible. I want my customers to experience and understand the
659beauty of locally grown produce and to try things the minute they
660are available so they can taste how incredibly fresh the ingredients
661are. I also want them to understand the relationship between
662seasonality and flavours. One of the most important things to
663remember is to allow the seasons to inspire your dishes and help
664you make natural matches. Wild spring herbs, such as sorrel, sweet
665cicely and wild garlic, as well as spring salad leaves and green
666lettuce served with wild salmon, wild sea trout, lamb or rabbit are
667marriages made in heaven.
668
669
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670=head2 v5.23.8 - Patrick Rothfuss, "The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller's Chronicle: Day Two)"
671
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672L<Announced on 2016-02-20 by Sawyer X|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/02/msg234535.html>
673
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674Denna, on the other hand, had never been trained. She knew nothing
675of shortcuts. You'd think she'd be forced to wander the city, lost and
676helpless, trapped in a twisting maze of mortared stone.
677
678But instead, she simply walked throught the walls. She didn't know
679any better. Nobody had ever told her she couldn't. Because of this,
680she moved through the city like some faerie creature. She walked roads
681no one else could see, and it made her music wild and strange and
682free.
683
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687
688A year here and he still dreamed of cyberspace, hope fading
689nightly. All the speed he took, all the turns he'd taken and
690the corners he cut in Night City, and he'd still see the matrix
691in his dreams, bright lattices of logic unfolding across that
692colourless void...The Sprawl was a long, strange way home now
693over the Pacific, and he was no Console Man, no cyberspace
694cowboy. Just another hustler, trying to make it through. But
695the dreams came on in the Japanese night like livewire voodoo,
696and he'd cry for it, cry in his sleep, and wake alone in the
697dark, curled in his capsule in some coffin hotel, hands clawed
698into the bedslab, temper foam bunched between his fingers,
699trying to reach the console that wasn't there.
700
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701=head2 v5.23.6 - 5.23 Episode VII
702
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703L<Announced on 2015-12-21 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/12/msg233475.html>
704
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705 A long time ago in microseconds, in a galaxy not very far away...
706
707 5.23 Episode VII
708 THE FUZZ AWAKENS
709
710 It is a period of
711 unrest as separatists
712 announce their intentions
713 to fork PERL and return the
714 galaxy to speed and stability.
715
716 Chancellor Rik Hoolian struggles
717 to hold together the remains of the
718 once mighty Republic against a tide of
719 incivility and the depredations of a new
720 foe, the FUZZ RAIDERS.
721
722 Meanwhile, after 15 years of preparation and
723 high expectations, Supreme Leader Toady prepares
724 to unleash a devastating new weapon, PERL SIXDOTOH,
725 that could splinter the Republic forever and usher in
726 a new Empire of gradual typing....
727
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728=head2 v5.23.5 - utastro!nather (Ed Nather), "The Story of Mel", in net.jokes, May 21, 1983.
729
730L<Announced on 2015-11-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/11/msg232758.html>
731
732After Mel had left the company for greener pa$ture$, the Big Boss asked
733me to look at the code and see if I could find the test and reverse it.
734Somewhat reluctantly, I agreed to look. Tracking Mel's code was a real
735adventure.
736
737I have often felt that programming is an art form, whose real value can
738only be appreciated by another versed in the same arcane art; there are
739lovely gems and brilliant coups hidden from human view and admiration,
740sometimes forever, by the very nature of the process. You can learn a
741lot about an individual just by reading through his code, even in
742hexadecimal. Mel was, I think, an unsung genius.
743
744Perhaps my greatest shock came when I found an innocent loop that had
745no test in it. No test. None. Common sense said it had to be a closed
746loop, where the program would circle, forever, endlessly. Program
747control passed right through it, however, and safely out the other side.
748It took me two weeks to figure it out.
749
750The RPC-4000 computer had a really modern facility called an index
751register. It allowed the programmer to write a program loop that used
752an indexed instruction inside; each time through, the number in the
753index register was added to the address of that instruction, so it
754would refer to the next datum in a series. He had only to increment
755the index register each time through. Mel never used it.
756
757Instead, he would pull the instruction into a machine register, add one
758to its address, and store it back. He would then execute the modified
759instruction right from the register. The loop was written so this
760additional execution time was taken into account -- just as this
761instruction finished, the next one was right under the drum's read head,
762ready to go. But the loop had no test in it.
763
764The vital clue came when I noticed the index register bit, the bit that
765lay between the address and the operation code in the instruction word,
766was turned on -- yet Mel never used the index register, leaving it zero
767all the time. When the light went on it nearly blinded me.
768
769He had located the data he was working on near the top of memory -- the
770largest locations the instructions could address -- so, after the last
771datum was handled, incrementing the instruction address would make it
772overflow. The carry would add one to the operation code, changing it to
773the next one in the instruction set: a jump instruction. Sure enough,
774the next program instruction was in address location zero, and the
775program went happily on its way.
776
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777=head2 v5.23.4 - Denis Diderot, trans. David Coward, "Jacques the Fatalist"
778
779L<Announced on 2015-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232040.html>
780
781Well, everybody's got a dog. The prime minister is the king's dog. The
782first secretary is the prime minister's dog. A wife is a husband's dog,
783or a husband is a wife's dog. Favourite is Madame So-and-so's dog and
784Thibaut is the man on the corner's dog. When my Master tells me to talk
785when I'd prefer not to, which to be honest doesn't happen very often,
786when he tells me to shut up when I feel like talking, which I find very
787difficult, when he asks me to tell the story of my love-life and then
788keeps interrupting, what am I if not his dog? Weak men are the dogs of
789strong men.
790
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791=head2 v5.23.3 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, "The Deacon’s Masterpiece or The Wonderful 'One-Hoss Shay': A Logical Story"
792
793L<Announced on 2015-09-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg231173.html>
794
795 Little of of all we value here
796 Wakes on the morn of its hundredth year
797 Without both feeling and looking queer.
798 In fact, there’s nothing that keeps its youth,
799 So far as I know, but a tree and truth.
800 (This is a moral that runs at large;
801 Take it. — You’re welcome. — No extra charge.)
802
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803=head2 v5.23.2 - Blind Guardian, "Skalds and Shadows"
804
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806
807 Would you believe in a night like this
808 A night like this, when visions come true
809 Would you believe in a tale like this
810 A lay of bliss, praise in the old lore
811 Come to the blazing fire and
812
813 See me in the shadows
814 See me in the shadows
815 Songs I will sing
816 Of runes and rings
817 Just hand me my harp
818 This night turns into myth
819 Nothing seems real
820 You soon will feel
821 The world we live in is another skald's
822 Dream in the shadows
823 Dream in the shadows
824
825 Do you believe there is sense in it
826 Is it truth or myth?
827 They´re one in my rhymes
828 Nobody knows the meaning behind
829 The weaver's line
830 Well nobody else but the Norns can
831 See through the blazing fires of time and
832 All things will proceed as the
833 Child of the hallowed
834 Will speak to you now
835
836 See me in the shadows
837 See me in the shadows
838 Songs I will sing of tribes and kings
839 The carrion bird and the hall of the slain
840 Nothing seems real
841 You soon will feel
842 The world we live in is another skald´s
843 Dream in the shadows
844 Dream in the shadows
845
846 Do not fear for my reason
847 There's nothing to hide
848 How bitter your treason
849 How bitter the lie
850 Remember the runes and remember the light
851 All I ever want is to be at your side
852 We'll gladden the raven now I will
853 Run through the blazing fires
854 That's my choice
855 Cause things shall proceed as foreseen
856
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857=head2 v5.23.1 - Elizabeth Haydon, "The Assassin King"
858
859L<Announced on 2015-07-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/07/msg229413.html>
860
861 I was born beneath this willow,
862 Where my sire the earth did farm
863 Had the green grass as my pillow
864 The east wind as a blanket warm.
865
866 But away! away! called the wind from the west
867 And in answer I did run
868 Seeking glory and adventure
869 Promised by the rising sun.
870
871 I found love beneath this willow,
872 As true a love as life could hold,
873 Pledged my heart and swore my fealty
874 Sealed with a kiss and a band of gold.
875
876 But to arms! to arms! called the wind from the west
877 In faithful answer I did run
878 Marching forth for king and country
879 In battles 'neath the midday sun.
880
881 Oft I dreamt of that fair willow
882 As the seven seas I plied
883 And the girl who I left waiting
884 Longing to be at her side.
885
886 But about! about! called the wind from the west
887 As once again my ship did run
888 Down the coast, about the wide world
889 Flying sails in the setting sun.
890
891 Now I lie beneath the willow
892 Now at last no more to roam,
893 My bride and earth so tightly hold me
894 In their arms I'm finally home.
895
896 While away! away! calls the wind from the west
897 Beyond the grave my spirit, free
898 Will chase the sun into the morning
899 Beyond the sky, beyond the sea.
900
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902
903L<Announced on 2015-06-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228807.html>
904
905 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
906 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
907 Well, I try my best
908 To be just like I am
909 But everybody wants you
910 To be just like them
911 They sing while you slave and I just get bored
912 I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more
913
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914=head2 v5.22.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
915
916L<Announced on 2017-07-15 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245526.html>
917
918 Then Little Red Riding Hood said, 'But Grandma,
919 what a lovely great big furry coat you have on.'
920 'That's wrong!' cried Wolf. 'Have you forgot
921 'To tell me what BIG TEETH I've got?
922 'Ah well, no matter what you say,
923 'I'm going to eat you anyway.'
924 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
925 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
926 She aims it at the creature's head
927 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
928
929 A few weeks later, in the wood,
930 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
931 But what a change! No cloak of red,
932 No silly hood upon her head.
933 She said, 'Hello, and do please note
934 'My lovely furry WOLFSKIN COAT.'
935
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936=head2 v5.22.4-RC1 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
937
938L<Announced on 2017-07-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/07/msg245293.html>
939
940 As soon as Wolf began to feel
941 That he would like a decent meal,
942 He went and knocked on Grandma's door.
943 When Grandma opened it, she saw
944 The sharp white teeth, the horrid grin,
945 And Wolfie said, 'May I come in?'
946 Poor Grandmamma was terrified,
947 'He's going to eat me up!' she cried.
948 And she was absolutely right.
949 He ate her up in one big bite.
950
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951=head2 v5.22.3 - Charles Dodgson [as "Lewis Carroll"], "Phantasmagoria", Canto 6: Discomfyture
952
953L<Announced on 2017-01-14 by Steve Hay|https://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242258.html>
954
955 As one who strives a hill to climb,
956 Who never climbed before:
957 Who finds it, in a little time,
958 Grow every moment less sublime,
959 And votes the thing a bore:
960
961 Yet, having once begun to try,
962 Dares not desert his quest,
963 But, climbing, ever keeps his eye
964 On one small hut against the sky
965 Wherein he hopes to rest:
966
967 Who climbs till nerve and force are spent,
968 With many a puff and pant:
969 Who still, as rises the ascent,
970 In language grows more violent,
971 Although in breath more scant:
972
973 Who, climbing, gains at length the place
974 That crowns the upward track:
975 And, entering with unsteady pace,
976 Receives a buffet in the face
977 That lands him on his back:
978
979 And feels himself, like one in sleep,
980 Glide swiftly down again,
981 A helpless weight, from steep to steep,
982 Till, with a headlong giddy sweep,
983 He drops upon the plain -
984
985 So I, that had resolved to bring
986 Conviction to a ghost,
987 And found it quite a different thing
988 From any human arguing,
989 Yet dared not quit my post.
990
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991=head2 v5.22.3-RC5 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Regained", Book II
992
993L<Announced on 2017-01-02 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2017/01/msg242017.html>
994
995 Thus wore out night; and now the herald lark
996 Left his ground-nest, high towering to descry
997 The Morn's approach, and greet her with his song;
998 As lightly from his grassy couch up rose
999 Our Saviour, and found all was but a dream;
1000 Fasting he went to sleep, and fasting waked.
1001 Up to a hill anon his steps he reared,
1002 From whose high top to ken the prospect round,
1003 If cottage were in view, sheep-cote, or herd;
1004 But cottage, herd, or sheep-cote, none he saw --
1005 Only in a bottom saw a pleasant grove,
1006 With chant of tuneful birds resounding loud;
1007 Thither he bent his way, determined there
1008 To rest at noon, and entered soon the shade,
1009 High-roofed and walks beneath, and alleys brown,
1010 That opened in the midst a woody scene;
1011 Nature's own work it seemed (Nature taught Art),
1012 And, to a superstitious eye, the haunt
1013 Of wood-gods and wood-nymphs.
1014
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1015=head2 v5.22.3-RC4 - John Milton, ed. Gordon Campbell, "Paradise Lost", Book II
1016
1017L<Announced on 2016-10-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/10/msg240223.html>
1018
1019 Far off from these, a slow and silent stream,
1020 Lethe, the river of oblivion, rolls
1021 Her watery labyrinth, whereof who drinks
1022 Forthwith his former state and being forgets --
1023 Forgets both joy and grief, pleasure and pain.
1024 Beyond this flood a frozen continent
1025 Lies dark and wild, beat with perpetual storms
1026 Of Whirlwind and dire hail, which on firm land
1027 Thaws not, but gathers heap, and ruin seems
1028 Of ancient pile; all else deep snow and ice,
1029 A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog
1030 Betwixt Damiata and Mount Casius old,
1031 Where armies whole have sunk: the parching air
1032 Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
1033 Thither, by harpy-footed Furies haled,
1034 At certain revolutions all the damned
1035 Are brought; and feel by turns the bitter change
1036 Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more fierce,
1037 From beds of raging fire to starve in ice
1038 Their soft ethereal warmth, and there to pine
1039 Immovable, infixed, and frozen round
1040 Periods of time -- thence hurried back to fire.
1041 They ferry over this Lethean sound
1042 Both to and fro, their sorrow to augment,
1043 And wish and struggle, as they pass, to reach
1044 The tempting stream, with one small drop to lose
1045 In sweet forgetfulness all pain and woe,
1046 All in one moment, and so near the brink;
1047 But fate withstands, and, to oppose the attempt,
1048 Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards
1049 The ford, and of itself the water flies
1050 All taste of living wight, as once it fled
1051 The lip of Tantalus.
1052
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1053=head2 v5.22.3-RC3 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers and Barbara Reynolds, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica III: Paradise, Canto IV
1054
1055L<Announced on 2016-08-11 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/08/msg238908.html>
1056
1057 Between two dishes, equally attractive
1058 And near to him, a free man, I suppose,
1059 Would starve to death before his teeth got active;
1060
1061 So would a lamb 'twixt two fierce wolfish foes,
1062 Fearing the fangs both ways, not stir a foot;
1063 So would a deerhound halt between two does;
1064
1065 So I can't blame myself for standing mute,
1066 Nor praise myself: for I must needs so do,
1067 Suspended 'twixt two doubts, alike acute.
1068
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1069=head2 v5.22.3-RC2 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica II: Purgatory, Canto I
1070
1071L<Announced on 2016-07-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238270.html>
1072
1073 For better waters heading with the wind
1074 My ship of genius now shakes out her sail
1075 And leaves that ocean of despair behind;
1076
1077 For to the second realm I tune my tale,
1078 Where human spirits purge themselves, and train
1079 To leap up into joy celestial.
1080
1081 Now from the grave wake poetry again,
1082 O sacred Muses I have served so long!
1083 Now let Calliope uplift her strain
1084
1085 And lift my voice up on the mighty song
1086 That smote the miserable Magpies nine
1087 Out of all hope of pardon for their wrong!
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1089=head2 v5.22.3-RC1 - Dante Alighieri, trans. Dorothy L. Sayers, "The Divine Comedy", Cantica I: Hell, Canto XII
1090
1091L<Announced on 2016-07-17 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/07/msg238071.html>
1092
1093 The place we came to, to descend the brink from,
1094 Was sheer crag; and there was a Thing there - making,
1095 All told, a prospect any eye would shrink from.
1096
1097 Like the great landslide that rushed downward, shaking
1098 The bank of Adige on this side Trent,
1099 (Whether through faulty shoring or the earth's quaking)
1100
1101 So that the rock, down from the summit rent
1102 Far as the plain, lies strewn, and one might crawl
1103 From top to bottom by that unsure descent,
1104
1105 Such was the precipice; and there we spied,
1106 Topping the cleft that split the rocky wall,
1107 That which was wombed in the false heifer's side,
1108
1109 The infamy of Crete, stretched out a-sprawl;
1110 And seeing us, he gnawed himself, like one
1111 Inly devoured with spite and burning gall.
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1113=head2 v5.22.2 - Gaston Leroux, trans. Mireille Ribière, "The Phantom of the Opera"
1114
1115L<Announced on 2016-04-29 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg236120.html>
1116
1117A silence; and then: 'If, in just two minutes' time by my watch--and a
1118splendid watch it is--you have not turned the scorpion, mademoiselle, I
1119shall turn the grasshopper... and the grasshopper, remember, _leaps
1120straight up into the air!_'
1121The silence that ensued was terrifying, worse than any we had
1122experienced before. I knew that when Erik spoke with that quiet,
1123gentle, slightly weary voice, it meant that he had reached the end of
1124his tether: that he was capable of the most abominable crimes or the
1125most selfless devotion; that the slightest irritation might unleash a
1126storm.
1127Realizing that our fate was out of our hands, the Viscount fell to his
1128knees and prayed. As for me, I pressed both hands to my chest, for my
1129heart was pounding so fiercely that I thought it would burst. We were
1130intensely aware of the excruciating dilemma Christine Daaé faced in
1131those final seconds. We understood why she hesitated to turn the
1132scorpion. What if the scorpion, rather than the grasshopper, were to
1133set off the explosion? What if Erik was simply intent on destroying
1134everything, regardless?
1135At last he spoke: 'The two minutes are up,' he said in a soft, angelic
1136voice. 'Goodbye, mademoiselle. Off you go, little grasshopper!'
1137
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1139
1140L<Announced on 2016-04-10 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2016/04/msg235732.html>
1141
1142This annual ball was quite a magnificent affair. It was given some time
1143before Shrovetide to celebrate the birthday of a famous illustrator
1144whose pencil had immortalized, in the style of Gavarni, the extravagant
1145carnival parade down La Courtille. As such, the ball was an altogether
1146merrier, noisier and more Bohemian occasion than was usual for a masked
1147ball. Many artists had arranged to meet there; they arrived with an
1148entourage of models and pupils, who, by midnight, had become quite
1149boisterous.
1150Raoul climbed the grand staircase at five minutes to midnight. He did
1151not linger to admire the many-coloured costumes on display all the way
1152up the marble steps of one of the most luxurious settings in the world;
1153nor did he allow himself to be drawn into the facetious conversation of
1154masked guests. He simply ignored all the jesting remarks, and shook off
1155the attentions of several all too merry couples.
1156Crossing the big crush-room and escaping from the dancers' farandole
1157that had encircled him awhile, he at last entered the salon mentioned by
1158Christine in her letter. The small room was crammed with people either
1159on their way to supper at the restaurant in the Rotunda or back from
1160raising a glass of champagne.
1161In the midst of the gay and lively hubbub, Raoul thought that, for their
1162mysterious assignation, Christine must have preferred this crowd to some
1163lonely corner.
1164He leaned against a door-jamb and waited. He did not have to wait long;
1165a black domino passed him and deftly touched his hand. He understood
1166that it was Christine and followed her.
1167'Is that you, Christine?' he murmured, barely moving his slips.
1168The black domino promptly looked back and raised her finger to her lips,
1169no doubt to caution him against uttering her name again. Raoul followed
1170on in silence.
1171
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1172=head2 v5.22.1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Courage" (No. 22 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1173
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1175
1176 If the snow flies in my face,
1177 Let me shake it off me!
1178 If my heart within me speaks,
1179 I'll sing bright and gaily!
1180
1181 Will not listen what it says,
1182 Have no ears for moaning.
1183 Do not feel what it complains,--
1184 Only fools like groaning!
1185
1186 Jolly brave into the world,
1187 'Gainst all wind and weather,--
1188 If there is no God on earth,
1189 Let 's be gods down nether!
1190
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1191=head2 v5.22.1-RC4 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Signpost" (No. 20 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1192
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1194
1195 Why do I shun all those highways
1196 Which the other wanderer seeks?
1197 Why do I find bridged by-ways
1198 Through snow-covered deep creeks?
1199
1200 For I have no crime committed,
1201 Why I should now run from men,--
1202 What demented heart's desire
1203 Drives me to a desert glen?
1204
1205 Signposts on all highways stationed
1206 Point their signs toward the towns,
1207 Whilst I wonder 'yond moderation,
1208 Without rest, yet seeking rest!
1209
1210 One such signpost I see planted
1211 Of my question unconcerned,
1212 One road must my choice be granted,
1213 Whence no man has yet returned!
1214
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1215=head2 v5.22.1-RC3 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Stormy Morning" (No. 18 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
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1218
1219 How the storm tore rents
1220 In heavens gray attired!
1221 The rags of cloud are flying
1222 Around, of combat tired.
1223
1224 And flames of fire lambent,
1225 Fly between them and part,
1226 That 's what I call a morning,
1227 A morning after my heart!
1228
1229 My heart sees in the heavens
1230 Its own picture unspoilt--
1231 It's nothing but the Winter,
1232 The Winter, cold and wild.
1233
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1234=head2 v5.22.1-RC2 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "The Old Head" (No. 14 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1235
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1237
1238 The hoary frost has a white sheen
1239 Strewn all over my hair,
1240 So I thought I was an old man
1241 And thought life dealt me fair.
1242
1243 Yet soon was thawed my old white mane,
1244 And I have my black hair again.
1245 How I abhor my young fair years,
1246 How long to wait for death and biers?
1247
1248 From setting sun to morning's hue
1249 Many a head turns white.
1250 Who'll credit it? My hair did not
1251 In all this lifelong plight!
1252
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1253=head2 v5.22.1-RC1 - Wilhelm Müller, trans. Anon., "Will-o'-the Wisp" (No. 9 in Schubert's song-cycle, "Winterreise")
1254
1255L<Announced on 2015-10-31 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/10/msg232321.html>
1256
1257 In the deepest rocky crevice
1258 A will-o'-the wisp lured me;
1259 How I could find my way from here,
1260 For me it's easy memory!
1261
1262 For I am used to straying ways,
1263 Every path to th'end a way,
1264 All our joys and all our suffering,--
1265 To a will-o'-the wisp it 's all play!
1266
1267 Through the dried-up bed of torrents
1268 I quite calmly downward stroll;
1269 Every stream its sea will enter,
1270 Every suffering finds its goal!
1271
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1272=head2 v5.22.0 - Gene Wolfe, The Citadel of the Autarch
1273
1274L<Announced on 2015-06-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/06/msg228300.html>
1275
1276“You are the advocate of the dead.”
1277
1278The old man nodded. “I am. People talk about being fair to this one and
1279that one, but nobody I ever heard talks about doing right by them. We
1280take everything they had, which is all right. And spit, most often, on
1281their opinions, which I suppose is all right too. But we ought to
1282remember now and then how much of what we have we got from them. I
1283figure while I’m still here I ought to put a word in for them.”
1284
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1285=head2 v5.22.0-RC2 - T.S. Eliot, unpublished work
1286
1287L<Announced on 2015-05-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228142.html>
1288
1289 And when thyself with silver foot shall pass
1290 Among the theories scattered on the grass
1291 Take up my good intentions with the rest
1292
1293=head2 v5.22.0-RC1 - Gene Wolfe, Citadel of the Autarch
1294
1295L<Announced on 2015-05-19 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/05/msg228059.html>
1296
1297There is no limit to stupidity. Space itself is said to be bounded by
1298its own curvature, but stupidity continues beyond infinity.
1299
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1300=head2 v5.21.11 - Algernon Charles Swinburne, "Dolores (Notre-Dame des Sept Douleurs)"
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1303
1304 They shall pass and their places be taken,
1305 The gods and the priests that are pure.
1306 They shall pass, and shalt thou not be shaken?
1307 They shall perish, and shalt thou endure?
1308 Death laughs, breathing close and relentless
1309 In the nostrils and eyelids of lust,
1310 With a pinch in his fingers of scentless
1311 And delicate dust.
1312
1313 But the worm shall revive thee with kisses;
1314 Thou shalt change and transmute as a god,
1315 As the rod to a serpent that hisses,
1316 As the serpent again to a rod.
1317 Thy life shall not cease though thou doff it;
1318 Thou shalt live until evil be slain,
1319 And good shall die first, said thy prophet,
1320 Our Lady of Pain.
1321
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1322=head2 v5.21.10 - Aldous Huxley, "The Devils of Loudun"
1323
1324L<Announced on 2015-03-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/03/msg226847.html>
1325
1326The fire burned on, the good fathers continued to sprinkle and intone.
1327Suddenly a flock of pigeons came swooping down from the church and
1328started to wheel around the roaring column of flame and smoke. The
1329crowd shouted, the archers waved their halberds at the birds, Lactance
1330and Tranquille splashed them on the wing with holy water. In vain. The
1331pigeons were not to be driven away. Round and round they flew, diving
1332through the smoke, singeing their feathers in the flames. Both parties
1333claimed a miracle. For the parson's enemies the birds, quite obviously,
1334were a troop of devils, come to fetch away his soul. For his friends,
1335they were emblems of the Holy Ghost and living proof of his innocence.
1336It never seems to have occurred to anyone that they were just pigeons,
1337obeying the laws of their own, their blessedly other-than-human nature.
1338
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1339=head2 v5.21.9 - Emily Dickinson, "There is Another Sky"
1340
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1343 There is another sky,
1344 Ever serene and fair,
1345 And there is another sunshine,
1346 Though it be darkness there;
1347 Never mind faded forests, Austin,
1348 Never mind silent fields -
1349 Here is a little forest,
1350 Whose leaf is ever green;
1351 Here is a brighter garden,
1352 Where not a frost has been;
1353 In its unfading flowers
1354 I hear the bright bee hum:
1355 Prithee, my brother,
1356 Into my garden come!
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1358=head2 v5.21.8 - Bill Watterson, "Scientific Progress Goes 'Boink': A Calvin and Hobbes Collection"
1359
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1361
1362Calvin: OK Hobbes, press the button and duplicate me.
1363Hobbes: Are you sure this is such a good idea?
1364Calvin: 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?
1365Hobbes: I'd hate to be accused of inhibiting scientific progress... Here you go.
1366[Box]: *BOINK*
1367Hobbes: Scientific progress goes "BOINK"?
1368Calvin?: It worked! It worked! I'm a genius!
1369Cavlin??: No you're not, you liar! *I* invented this!
1370
2ee7da68 1371=head2 v5.21.7 - Robert Heinlein, "The Number of the Beast"
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1373L<Announced on 2014-12-20 by Max Maischein|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/12/msg223774.html>
1374
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1375"Zebadiah, Hilda and I salvaged and put everything into the basket.
1376Hilda started to put it into our wardrobe-and it was heavy. So
1377we looked. Packed as tight as when we left Oz. Six bananas-and
1378everything else. Cross my heart. No, go look."
1379"Hmmm- Jake, can you write equations for a picnic basket that
1380refills itself? Will it go on doing so?"
1381"Zeb, equations can be written to describe anything. The description
1382would be simpler for a basket that replenishes itself indefinitely
1383than for one that does it once and stops-I would have to describe
1384the discontinuity."
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2ee7da68 1386=head2 v5.21.6 - Jeff Noon, "Vurt"
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1387
1388L<Announced on 2014-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/11/msg222448.html>
1389
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1390GAME CAT
1391
1392EXCHANGE MECHANISMS. Sometimes we lose precious
1393things. Friends and colleagues, fellow travellers in the
1394Vurt, sometimes we lose them; even lovers we sometimes
1395lose. And get bad things in exchange: aliens, objects,
1396snakes, and sometimes even death. Things we don't want.
1397This is part of the deal, part of the game deal;
1398all things, in all worlds, must be kept in balance.
1399Kittlings often ask, who decides on the swappings? Now then,
1400some say it's all accidental; that some poor Vurt thing
1401finds himself too close to a door, at too critical a time,
1402just when something real is being lost. Whoosh! Swap time!
1403Others say that some kind of overseer is working the
1404MECHANISMS OF EXCHANGE, deciding the fate of innocents.
1405The Cat can only tease at this, because of the big secrets
1406involved, and because of the levels between you, the reader,
1407and me, the Game Cat. Hey, listen; I've struggled to get
1408where I am today; why should I give you the easy route?
1409Get working, kittlings! Reach up higher. Work the Vurt.
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2ee7da68 1411=head2 v5.21.5 - Friso Wiegersma (text), Jean Ferrat (music), Wim Sonneveld (performer), "Het Dorp"
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1413L<Announced on 2014-10-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg221399.html>
1414
1415 Het Dorp
1416
1417 Thuis heb ik nog een ansichtkaart
1418 waarop een kerk, een kar met paard,
1419 een slagerij J. van der Ven.
1420 Een kroeg, een juffrouw op de fiets
1421 het zegt u hoogstwaarschijnlijk niets,
1422 maar 't is waar ik geboren ben.
1423 Dit dorp, ik weet nog hoe het was,
1424 de boerenkind'ren in de klas,
1425 een kar die ratelt op de keien,
1426 het raadhuis met een pomp ervoor,
1427 een zandweg tussen koren door,
11741df4 1428 het vee, de boerderijen.
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1429
1430 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1431 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1432 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1433 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1434
1435 Wat leefden ze eenvoudig toen
1436 in simp'le huizen tussen groen
1437 met boerenbloemen en een heg.
1438 Maar blijkbaar leefden ze verkeerd,
1439 het dorp is gemoderniseerd
1440 en nu zijn ze op de goeie weg.
1441 Want ziet, hoe rijk het leven is,
1442 ze zien de televisiequiz
1443 en wonen in betonnen dozen,
1444 met flink veel glas, dan kun je zien
1445 hoe of het bankstel staat bij Mien
1446 en d'r dressoir met plastic rozen.
1447
1448 En langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1449 zag ik de hoge bomen staan.
1450 Ik was een kind en wist niet beter,
11741df4 1451 dan dat dat nooit voorbij zou gaan.
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1452
1453 De dorpsjeugd klit wat bij elkaar
1454 in minirok en beatle-haar
1455 en joelt wat mee met beat-muziek.
1456 Ik weet wel, het is hun goeie recht,
1457 de nieuwe tijd, net wat u zegt,
1458 maar het maakt me wat melancholiek.
1459 Ik heb hun vaders nog gekend
1460 ze kochten zoethout voor een cent
1461 ik zag hun moeders touwtjespringen.
1462 Dat dorp van toen, het is voorbij,
1463 dit is al wat er bleef voor mij:
1464 een ansicht en herinneringen.
1465
1466 Toen ik langs het tuinpad van m'n vader
1467 de hoge bomen nog zag staan.
1468 Ik was een kind, hoe kon ik weten
1469 dat dat voorgoed voorbij zou gaan.
1470
2ee7da68 1471=head2 v5.21.4 - Edgar Allan Poe, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket"
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1474
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1475To-day, being in latitude 83° 20', longitude 43° 5' W. (the sea being
1476of an extraordinarily dark colour), we again saw land from the
1477masthead, and, upon a closer scrutiny, found it to be one of a group
1478of very large islands. The shore was precipitous, and the interior
1479seemed to be well wooded, a circumstance which occasioned us great
1480joy. In about four hours from our first discovering the land we came
1481to anchor in ten fathoms, sandy bottom, a league from the coast, as a
1482high surf, with strong ripples here and there, rendered a nearer
1483approach of doubtful expediency. The two largest boats were now
1484ordered out, and a party, well armed (among whome were Peters and
1485myself), proceeded to look for an opening in the reef which appeared
1486to encircle the island. After searching about for some time, we
1487discovered an inlet, which we were entering, when we saw four large
1488canoes put off from the shore, filled with men who seemed to be well
1489armed. We waited for them to come up, and, as they moved with great
1490rapidity, they were soon within hail. Captain Guy now held up a white
1491handkerchief on the blade of an oar, when the strangers made a full
1492stop, and commenced a loud jabbering all at once, intermingled with
1493occasional shouts, in which we could distinguish the words Anamoo-moo!
1494and Lama-Lama! They continued this for at least half an hour, during
1495which we had a good opportunity of observing their appearance.
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1497=head2 v5.21.3 - Robert Service, "The Men that Don't Fit In"
1498
1499L<Announced on 2014-08-20 by Peter Martini|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218826.html>
1500
1501 If they just went straight they might go far,
1502 They are strong and brave and true;
1503 But they're always tired of the things that are,
1504 And they want the strange and new.
1505 They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
1506 What a deep mark I would make!"
1507 So they chop and change, and each fresh move
1508 Is only a fresh mistake.
1509
1510=head2 v5.21.2 - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, Final minutes of communication of the first manned moon landing, July 20, 1969
1511
1512L<Announced on 2014-07-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/07/msg217937.html>
1513
1514 Armstrong: Okay. Here's a...Looks like a good area here.
1515 Aldrin: I got the shadow out there.
1516 Aldrin: 250, down at 2 1/2, 19 forward.
1517 Aldrin: Altitude, velocity lights.
1518 Aldrin: 3 1/2 down, 220 feet, 13 forward.
1519 Aldrin: 11 forward. Coming down nicely.
1520 Armstrong: Gonna be right over that crater.
1521 Aldrin: 200 feet, 4 1/2 down.
1522 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down.
1523 Armstrong: I got a good spot [garbled].
1524 Aldrin: 160 feet, 6 1/2 down.
1525 Aldrin: 5 1/2 down, 9 forward. You're looking good.
1526 Aldrin: 120 feet.
1527 Aldrin: 100 feet, 3 1/2 down, 9 forward. Five percent. Quantity light.
1528 Aldrin: Okay. 75 feet. And it's looking good. Down a half, 6 forward.
1529 Duke: 60 seconds.
1530 Aldrin: Light's on.
1531 Aldrin: 60 feet, down 2 1/2. 2 forward. 2 forward. That's good.
1532 Aldrin: 40 feet, down 2 1/2. Picking up some dust.
1533 Aldrin: 30 feet, 2 1/2 down. [Garbled] shadow.
1534 Aldrin: 4 forward. 4 forward. Drifting to the right a little. 20 feet,
1535 down a half.
1536 Duke: 30 seconds.
1537 Aldrin: Drifting forward just a little bit; that's good.
1538 Aldrin: Contact Light.
1539 Armstrong: Shutdown.
1540 Aldrin: Okay. Engine Stop.
1541 Aldrin: ACA out of Detent.
1542 Armstrong: Out of Detent. Auto.
1543 Aldrin: Mode Control, both Auto. Descent Engine Command Override, Off.
1544 Engine Arm, Off. 413 is in.
1545 Duke: We copy you down, Eagle.
1546 Armstrong: Engine arm is off.
1547 Armstrong: Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.
1548 Duke: Roger, Twan...[correcting himself] Tranquility. We copy you on
1549 the ground. You got a bunch of guys about to turn blue.
1550 We're breathing again. Thanks a lot.
1551 Aldrin: Thank you.
1552
1553=head2 v5.21.1 - Robert Jordan, "The Crossroads of Twilights", Book 10 of "The Wheel of Time"
1554
1555L<Announced on 2014-06-20 by Matthew Horsfall|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/06/msg217030.html>
1556
1557 We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
1558 We ran to the sounds of the thunder.
1559 We danced among the lightning bolts,
1560 and tore the world asunder.
1561
1562 -- Anonymous fragment of a poem believed
1563 written near the end of the previous Age,
1564 known by some as the Third Age.
1565 Sometimes attributed to the Dragon
1566 Reborn.
1567
1568=head2 v5.21.0 - Friedrich von Schiller, "The Song of the Bell"
1569
1570L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215826.html>
1571
1572 Walled in fast within the earth
1573 Stands the form burnt out of clay.
1574 This must be the bell’s great birth!
1575 Fellows, lend a hand to-day.
1576 Sweat must trickle now
1577 From the burning brow,
1578 Till the work its master honour.
1579 Blessing comes from Heaven’s Donor.
1580
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1581=head2 v5.20.3 - Elias Lönnrot, trans. Keith Bosley, "The Kalevala", Canto 42: Stealing the Sampo
1582
1583L<Announced on 2015-09-12 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/09/msg230945.html>
1584
1585 Steady old Väinämöinen
1586 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1587 'No lilting on the waters
1588 and no singing on the waves!
1589 Song keeps you lazy
1590 tales delay rowing.
1591 Precious day would pass and night
1592 would overtake us midway
1593 on these wide waters
1594 upon these vast waves.'
1595
1596 The wanton Lemminkäinen
1597 uttered a word and spoke thus:
1598 'The time will pass anyway
1599 the fair day will flee
1600 and the night will come panting
1601 and the twilight will steal in
1602 if you don't sing while you live
1603 nor hum in this world.'
1604
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1606
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1608
1609'I fled from Basra, sad and tearful, with no idea where I was going,
1610and I was reciting these lines:
1611
1612 The pain of parting makes me melt away,
1613 As lovers do when those they love are harsh.
1614 I wonder at the patience that I showed
1615 When I had lost my love, for that was wonderful.
1616 Beloved, do you know that since you left,
1617 I have remained confused in misery.
1618
1619I then heard a voice that said: "Damn you, have you no fear of
1620Almighty God that you hand over a girl to an unbelieving 'ifrit?" I
1621walked for a time amongst the palm-trees until I caught sight of a
1622person, whom I approached. When I asked him who he was he said: "I
1623am one of the jinn who were converted to Islam at the hands of 'Ali
1624ibn Abi Talib, may God ennoble him." "How can I get to my wife?" I
1625asked him, and he said: "Wretched fellow, you had a bird which you
1626allowed to fly away and now you want to fly after it." But he
1627added: "Follow this road with God's blessing all night until dawn
1628and then by the shore you will see a huge cave in which there is an
1629idol made of white stone. You must drink of the water that there is
1630coming out of the cave and smear your face with its mud. Stay there
1631and a barge will pass you as you stand opposite the statue. Various
1632different creatures will emerge, heads without bodies and bodies
1633without heads, and they will prostrate themselves in adoration to
1634the idol rather than to Almighty God. When you see that, embark on
1635the barge and cross to the other bank and walk along it until
1636sunset. On a high point you will see a castle built of bricks of
1637gold and silver. That is where your 'ifrit will be. I have now
1638told you about this, so goodbye."
1639
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1641
1642L<Announced on 2015-08-22 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/08/msg230359.html>
1643
1644'On the night of the wedding the ape came to sit in front of me and
1645asked me what I intended to do. "Whatever you tell me," I replied,
1646and he said: "Take care not to covet the girl, or I shall come back
1647and burn you up and leave you as a lesson for those who can learn."
1648I agreed to this and when evening came I found the world full of
1649candles and torches burning in holders of gold and silver. There
1650were servants and serving girls, and everyone who saw me
1651congratulated me on my good fortune, as there was no girl on the
1652face of the earth more beautiful than my bride.
1653[...]
1654'Next morning I went out to the market, and people went in and asked
1655her how the night had been. "He never looked up at me," she told
1656them. Then, when it was afternoon, I went to my house, where the
1657ape was sitting by the door. "Tell me what you did," it said, and I
1658told it: "By God, I did not learn and do not know whether this was a
1659man or a girl." "That's what I want," it said.
1660[...]
1661'On the second night my bride was brought to me, after which the
1662servants left her and went away. She fell asleep, and, while she
1663was sleeping, I killed the cock, wrapped it in the cloth and put the
1664four poles from the couch over it. Suddenly there was a huge crash
1665like a peal of thunder and a fiery 'ifrit swooped on the girl. I
1666fainted at the sight and when I recovered I heard a voice saying:
1667"By the Lord of the Ka'ba, the girl has been carried off!" and there
1668was a sound like the rustling of wind and bitter weeping. At this I
1669shed tears, struck my head and was filled with regret when it was no
1670longer of any use, for to me the whole world was worth no more than
1671a bean.
1672
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1673=head2 v5.20.2 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Magical Trevor"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/magical-trevor.html>
1674
1675L<Announced on 2015-02-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225777.html>
1676
1677 Everyone loves Magical Trevor,
1678 'Cos the tricks that he does are ever so clever;
1679 Look at him now, disappearin' the cow,
1680 Where is the cow hidden right now?
1681
1682 Taking a bow, it's Magical Trevor,
1683 Everybody's seen that the trick is clever;
1684 Look at him there with his leathery, leathery whip!
1685 It's made of magic, and with a little flip--
1686
1687 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back,
1688 Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cow is back;
1689 Back, back, back from his magical journey,
1690 Yeah!
1691
1692 What did he see in the parallel dimension?
1693 He saw beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans;
1694 Oh, beans, lots of beans, lots of beans, lots of beans,
1695 Yeah, yeah!
1696
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1697=head2 v5.20.2-RC1 - Jonathan "Jonti" Picking, L<"Scampi"|http://www.weebls-stuff.com/other-toons/video/scampi.html>
1698
1699L<Announced on 2015-02-01 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2015/02/msg225273.html>
1700
1701 I've seen things,
1702 I've seen them with my eyes;
1703 I've seen things,
1704 They're often in disguise.
1705
1706 Like carrots, handbags, cheese, toilets,
1707 Russians, planets, hamsters, weddings,
1708 Poets, Stalin, Kuala Lumpur!
1709 Pygmies, budgies, Kuala Lumpur!
1710
1711 I've seen things,
1712 I've seen them with my eyes;
1713 I've seen things,
1714 They're often in disguise.
1715
1716 Like carrots, handbags, cheese...
1717
2ee7da68 1718=head2 v5.20.1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. Diana Reed, "Così fan tutte"
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1719
1720L<Announced on 2014-09-14 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219789.html>
1721
1722 DORABELLA (as if waking from a daze): Where are they?
1723 DON ALFONSO: They've gone.
1724 FIORDILIGI: Oh, the cruel bitterness of parting!
1725
1726 DON ALFONSO:
1727 Take heart, my dearest children.
1728 Look, in the distance, your lovers are waving to you.
1729
1730 FIORDILIGI: Bon voyage, my darling!
1731 DORABELLA: Bon voyage!
1732
1733 FIORDILIGI:
1734 O heavens! How swiftly the ship is sailing away!
1735 It is disappearing already!
1736 It is no longer in sight!
1737 Oh, may heaven grant it a prosperous voyage!
1738
1739 DORABELLA: May good luck attend it to the battlefield!
1740 DON ALFONSO: And may your sweethearts and my friends be safe!
1741
1742 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA, DON ALFONSO:
1743 May the wind be gentle,
1744 may the sea be calm,
1745 and may the elements
1746 respond kindly
1747 to our wishes.
1748
2ee7da68 1749=head2 v5.20.1-RC2 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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1750
1751L<Announced on 2014-09-07 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/09/msg219446.html>
1752
1753 GUGLIELMO:
1754 Oh God, I feel that this foot of mine
1755 is reluctant to come before her.
1756
1757 FERRANDO:
1758 My trembling lip
1759 can utter no word.
1760
1761 DON ALFONSO:
1762 The hero displays his manliness
1763 in the most terrible moments.
1764
1765 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA:
1766 Now that we have heard the news,
1767 you have the lesser duty:
1768 Take heart, and plunge your swords
1769 into both our hearts.
1770
1771 FERRANDO, GUGLIELMO:
1772 My idol, blame fate
1773 that I must abandon you.
1774
1775 DORABELLA: Ah no, you shall not leave...
1776 FIORDILIGI: No, cruel one, you shall not go...
1777 DORABELLA: First I want to tear out my heart.
1778 FIORDILIGI: First I want to die at your feet.
1779 FERRANDO (softly to Don Alfonso): What do you say to that?
1780 GUGLIELMO (softly to Don Alfonso): You realise?
1781 DON ALFONSO (softly): Steady, friend, finem lauda.
1782
1783 ALL:
1784 Thus destiny defrauds
1785 the hopes of mortals.
1786 Ah, among so many misfortunes,
1787 who can ever love life?
1788
2ee7da68 1789=head2 v5.20.1-RC1 - Lorenzo da Ponte, trans. William Weaver, "Così fan tutte"
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1790
1791L<Announced on 2014-08-25 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/08/msg218975.html>
1792
1793 DON ALFONSO:
1794 I'd like to speak, but I haven't the heart:
1795 my lip stammers.
1796 My voice cannot emerge,
1797 but remains in my throat.
1798 What will you do? What shall I do?
1799 Oh what a great catastrophe!
1800 There can be nothing worse.
1801 I feel pity for you and for them.
1802
1803 FIORDILIGI: Heavens! For mercy's sake, Signor Alfonso, don't make us
1804 die.
1805 DON ALFONSO: My children, you must arm yourselves with constancy.
1806 DORABELLA: Ye Gods! What evil has occurred? What horrible event? Is my
1807 love dead, perhaps?
1808 FIORDILIGI: Is mine dead?
1809 DON ALFONSO: They are not dead, but they are not far from it.
1810 DORABELLA: Wounded?
1811 DON ALFONSO: No.
1812 FIORDILIGI: Ill?
1813 DON ALFONSO: Nor that.
1814 FIORDILIGI: What, then?
1815 DON ALFONSO: A royal command summons them to the field of battle.
1816 FIORDILIGI, DORABELLA: Alas, what do I hear? And they will leave?
1817 DON ALFONSO: Immediately.
1818 DORABELLA: And there is no way of preventing it?
1819 DON ALFONSO: There is none.
1820 FIORDILIGI: And not even a single farewell...
1821 DON ALFONSO: The unhappy men haven't the courage to see you; but if
1822 you wish it, they are ready...
1823 DORABELLA: Where are they?
1824 DON ALFONSO: Come in, friends.
1825
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1826=head2 v5.20.0 - William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
1827
1828L<Announced on 2014-05-27 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215815.html>
1829
1830 But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
1831 Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
1832 Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
1833 When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:
1834 So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
1835 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
1836
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1837=head2 v5.20.0-RC1 - Lindsey Buckingham, "Second Hand News"
1838
1839L<Announced on 2014-05-17 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/05/msg215479.html>
1840
1841 When times go bad
1842 when times go rough
1843 Won't you lay me down in tall grass
1844 And let me do my stuff
1845
2ee7da68 1846=head2 v5.19.11 - Isidore-Lucien Ducasse [as "Comte de Lautréamont"], trans. Paul Knight, "Les Chants de Maldoror"
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1847
1848L<Announced on 2014-04-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/04/msg214580.html>
1849
1850O rigorous mathematics, I have not forgotten you since your wise lessons,
1851sweeter than honey, filtered into my heart like a refreshing wave.
1852Instinctively, from the cradle, I had longed to drink from your source, older
1853than the sun, and I continue to tread the sacred sanctuary of your solemn
1854temple, I, the most faithful of your devotees. There was a vagueness in my
1855mind, something thick as smoke; but I managed to mount the steps which lead to
1856your altar, and you drove away this dark veil, as the wind blows the
1857draught-board. You replaced it with excessive coldness, consummate prudence and
1858implacable logic. With the aid of your fortifying milk, my intellect developed
1859rapidly and took on immense proportions amid the ravishing lucidity which you
1860bestow as a gift on all those who sincerely love you. Arithmetic! Algebra!
1861Geometry! Awe-inspiring trinity! Luminous triangle! He who has not known you
1862is a fool!
1863
2ee7da68 1864=head2 v5.19.10 - John Chadwick, "The Decipherment of Linear B"
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1867
1868The urge to discover secrets is deeply ingrained in human nature; even
1869the least curious mind is roused by the promise of sharing knowledge
1870withheld from others. Some are fortunate enough to find a job which
1871consists in the solution of mysteries, whether it be the physicist who
1872tracks down a hitherto unknown nuclear particle or the policeman who
1873detects a criminal. But most of us are driven to sublimate this urge
1874by the solving of artificial puzzles devised for our entertainment.
1875
2ee7da68 1876=head2 v5.19.9 - R. A. MacAvoy, "Tea with the Black Dragon"
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1878L<Announced on 2014-02-20 by Tony Cook|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/02/msg213047.html>
1879
1880Old hands. The smell of rain--the smell of Ch'an. Quiet words in
1881rough Cantonese. "I am not to be your master. Your master has to be
1882stronger than you are--has to tell you you are a fool and make you
1883know it. And make you feel content in being a fool. How could I do
1884that for you? I'm old. You are too strong for me; you are full of
1885chi." The old man has paused then, huddled against the wind while
1886clouds thickened above them.
1887
1888"I will tell you this, Long," he continued, "Before you find yourself
1889you will lose your chi. Also you will leave behind you all pride of
1890body, pride of mind. You will be reduced. Like me." The old man
1891closed his eyes, and rain began to beat against his gray, crew-cut
1892hair. He pulled his coat closer. Suddenly his eyes snapped open and
1893he looked Long in the face.
1894
1895"You must leave China. Go across the ocean. There you will meet your
1896master." He set down his teacup with a palsied hand. His voice rose,
1897grew fierce.
1898
1899"I tell you this, most honored and impressive visitor. You are a
1900fool, yes, but you will find the very thing you seek. You will find
1901truth!"
1902
2ee7da68 1903=head2 v5.19.8 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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1905L<Announced on 2014-01-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211729.html>
1906
1907“I used to get a big kick out of saving people’s lives. Now I wonder what the
1908hell’s the point, since they all have to die anyway.”
1909
1910“Oh, there’s a point, all right,” Dunbar assured him.
1911
1912“Is there? What is the point?”
1913
1914“The point is to keep them from dying for as long as you can.”
1915
1916“Yeah, but what’s the point, since they all have to die anyway?”
1917
1918“The trick is not to think about that.”
1919
1920“Never mind the trick. What the hell’s the point?”
1921
1922Dunbar pondered in silence for a few moments. “Who the hell knows?”
1923
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1924=head2 v5.19.7 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Slaughterhouse-Five"
1925
1926L<Announced on 2013-12-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/12/msg210882.html>
1927
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1928And somewhere in there was springtime. The corpse mines were closed
1929down. The soldiers all left to fight the Russians. In the suburbs,
1930the women and children dug rifle pits. Billy and the rest of his group
1931were locked up in the stable in the suburbs. And then, one morning,
1932they got up to discover that the door was unlocked. World War Two in
1933Europe was over.
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1935Billy and the rest wandered out onto the shady street. The trees were
1936leafing out. There was nothing going on out there, no traffic of any
1937kind. There was only one vehicle, an abandoned wagon drawn by two
1938horses. The wagon was green and coffin-shaped.
2cff31c9 1939
e91f1fc1 1940Birds were talking.
2cff31c9 1941
e91f1fc1 1942One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Pee-tee-weet?"
2cff31c9 1943
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1944=head2 v5.19.6 - Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Spam"
1945
1946L<Announced on 2013-11-20 by Chris 'BinGOs' Williams|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/11/msg210043.html>
1947
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1948 Interior: cheap cafe. All the customers are Vikings. Mr and Mrs Bun enter downwards (on wires).
1949
1950 Mr. Bun: Morning.
1951 Waitress: Morning.
1952 Mr. Bun: What have you got, then?
1953 Waitress: Well there's egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam;
1954 egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam;
1955 spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam;
1956 or lobster thermidor aux crevettes, with a mornay sauce garnished with truffle pate, brandy and a fried
1957 egg on top and spam
1958 Mrs. Bun: Have you got anything without spam in it?
1959 Waitress: Well, there's spam, egg, sausage and spam. That's not got MUCH spam in it.
1960 Mrs. Bun: I don't want ANY spam.
1961 Mr. Bun: Why can't she have egg, bacon, spam and sausage?
1962 Mrs. Bun: That's got spam in it!
1963 Mr. Bun: Not as much as spam, egg, sausage and spam.
1964 Mrs. Bun: Look, could I have egg, bacon, spam and sausage, without the spam.
1965 Waitress: Uuuuuuggggh!
1966 Mrs. Bun: What d'you mean, uugggh! I don't like spam.
1967 Vikings: (singing) Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam ... spam, spam, spam, spam ... lovely spam, wonderful spam ...
1968
1969 (Brief shot of a Viking ship)
1970
1971 Waitress: Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! You can't have egg, bacon, spam and sausage without the spam.
1972 Mrs. Bun: Why not?
1973 Waitress: No, it wouldn't be egg, bacon, spam and sausage, would it?
1974 Mrs. Bun: I don't like spam!
5a3c3c58 1975
40e1c3e8 1976=head2 v5.19.5 - Charles Baudelaire, trans. James McGowan, "The Flowers of Evil", 51. The Cat
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1977
1978L<Announced on 2013-10-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/10/msg208752.html>
1979
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1980 I
1981
1982 A cat is strolling through my mind
1983 Acting as though he owned the place,
1984 A lovely cat -- strong, charming, sweet.
1985 When he meows, one scarcely hears,
1986
1987 So tender and discreet his tone;
1988 But whether he should growl or purr
1989 His voice is always rich and deep.
1990 That is the secret of his charm.
1991
1992 This purling voice that filters down
1993 Into my darkest depths of soul
1994 Fulfils me like a balanced verse,
1995 Delights me as a potion would.
1996
1997 It puts to sleep the cruellest ills
1998 And keeps a rein on ecstasies --
1999 Without the need for any words
2000 It can pronounce the longest phrase.
2001
2002 Oh no, there is no bow that draws
2003 Across my heart, fine instrument,
2004 And makes to sing so royally
2005 The strongest and the purest chord,
2006
2007 More than your voice, mysterious cat,
2008 Exotic cat, seraphic cat,
2009 In whom all is, angelically,
2010 As subtle as harmonious.
2011
2012 II
2013
2014 From his soft fur, golden and brown,
2015 Goes out so sweet a scent, one night
2016 I might have been embalmed in it
2017 By giving him one little pet.
2018
2019 He is my household's guardian soul;
2020 He judges, he presides, inspires
2021 All matters in hos royal realm;
2022 Might he be fairy? or a god?
2023
2024 When my eyes, to this cat I love
2025 Drawn as by a magnet's force,
2026 Turn tamely back from that appeal,
2027 And when I look within myself,
2028
2029 I notice with astonishment
2030 The fire of his opal eyes,
2031 Clear beacons glowing, living jewels,
2032 Taking my measure, steadily.
2033
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2034=head2 v5.19.4 - Washington Irving, "The Widow and Her Son"
2035
2036L<Announced on 2013-09-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/09/msg207969.html>
2037
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2038There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood;
2039that softens the heart and brings it back to the feelings of infancy.
2040Who that has languished, even in advanced life, in sickness and
2041despondency — who that has pined on a weary bed in the neglect and
2042loneliness of a foreign land — but has thought on the mother "that
2043looked on his childhood," that smoothed his pillow and administered to
2044his helplessness. — Oh! there is an enduring tenderness in the love
2045of a mother to her son that transcends all other affections of the
2046heart. It is neither to be chilled by selfishness — nor daunted by
2047danger — nor weakened by worthlessness — nor stifled by ingratitude.
2048She will sacrifice every comfort to his convenience — she will
2049surrender every pleasure to his enjoyment — she will glory in his fame
2050and exult in his prosperity. And if misfortune overtake him he will
2051be the dearer to her from misfortune — and if disgrace settle upon his
2052name, she will still love and cherish him in spite of his disgrace —
2053and if all the world beside cast him off, she will be all the world to
2054him.
2055
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2056=head2 v5.19.3 - Andrew Hodges, "Alan Turing: The Enigma"
2057
2058L<Announced on 2013-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg206318.html>
2059
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2060E.M. Forster, outdoing the King's heresy with grand bravura, had
2061written in 1938 that if he were faced with the choice between
2062betraying his country and betraying his friends, he hoped he would
2063have the courage to betray his country. He would always put the
2064personal above the political. But for Alan Turing, unlike Forster, or
2065Wittgenstein, or G.H. Hardy, it was more than a theoretical question.
2066For him not only had the personal become the political, but the
2067political was the personal. He had chosen and promised for himself in
2068working for the government. The choice for him therefore was that
2069between betraying one part of himself and betraying another part. And
2070however much he wavered between these alternatives, there was a solid
2071logic to the mind of security, one that could not be expected to take
2072an interest in notions of freedom and development. He had no rights
2073to such things, as he would have had to admit. He might have
2074outwitted the Home Guard, but when it came to questions that mattered,
2075there was no doubt that he had placed himself under military law.
2076There was a war on; there was always a war on now.
2077
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2078=head2 v5.19.2 - Fred Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"
2079
2080L<Announced on 2013-07-22 by Aristotle Pagaltzis|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/07/msg204905.html>
2081
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2082The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
2083correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
2084showing things that never were nor could be. [...] Not all is delight,
2085however [...] One must perform perfectly. The computer resembles the
2086magic of legend in this respect, too. If one character, one pause, of
2087the incantation is not strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work.
2088
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2089=head2 v5.19.1 - William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2090
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2092
2093 Over hill, over dale,
2094 Thorough bush, thorough briar,
2095 Over park, over pale,
2096 Thorough flood, thorough fire,
2097 I do wander everywhere,
2098 Swifter than the moon's sphere;
2099 And I serve the fairy queen,
2100 To dew her orbs upon the green.
2101 The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
2102 In their gold coats, spots you see;
2103 Those be rubies, fairy favours,
2104 In their freckles live our savours.
2105 I must go seek some dew-drops here,
2106 And hang a perl in every cowslip's ear.
2107 Farewell, thou lob of spirits, I'll be gone;
2108 My queen and all her elves come here anon!
2109
5f42d1f2 2110=head2 v5.19.0 - Batman, of the Joker, in "The Dark Knight Returns"
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2113
2114 From the beginning, I knew…
2115 …that there was nothing wrong with you…
2116 …that I can't fix…
2117 …with my hands…
2118
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2121L<Announced on 2014-10-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/10/msg220770.html>
2122
2123 Along the shore the cloud waves break,
2124 The twin suns sink beneath the lake,
2125 The shadows lengthen
2126 In Carcosa.
2127
2128 Strange is the night where black stars rise,
2129 And strange moons circle through the skies
2130 But stranger still is
2131 Lost Carcosa.
2132
2133 Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
2134 Where flap the tatters of the King,
2135 Must die unheard in
2136 Dim Carcosa.
2137
2138 Song of my soul, my voice is dead;
2139 Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed
2140 Shall dry and die in
2141 Lost Carcosa.
2142
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2144
2145(no epigraph)
2146
40e1c3e8 2147=head2 v5.18.3-RC2 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2150
2151"Ah! I see it now!" I shrieked. "You have seized the throne and the
2152empire. Woe! woe to you who are crowned with the crown of the King in
2153Yellow!"
2154
40e1c3e8 2155=head2 v5.18.3-RC1 - Robert W. Chambers, "The King in Yellow", Act I, Scene 2
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2158
2159 CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask.
2160
2161 STRANGER: Indeed?
2162
2163 CASSILDA: Indeed it's time. We all have laid aside disguise but you.
2164
2165 STRANGER: I wear no mask.
2166
2167 CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda.) No mask? No mask!
2168
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2169=head2 v5.18.2 - Miss Manners
2170
2171L<Announced on 2014-01-06 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2014/01/msg211224.html>
2172
2173One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are
2174only the expression of happy ideas. There's a whole range of behavior
2175that can be expressed in a mannerly way. That's what civilization is all
2176about – doing it in a mannerly and not an antagonistic way. One of the
2177places we went wrong was the naturalistic Rousseauean movement of the
2178Sixties in which people said, "Why can't you just say what's on your
2179mind?" In civilization there have to be some restraints. If we followed
2180every impulse, we'd be killing one another.
2181
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2183
2184L<Announced on 2013-08-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205897.html>
2185
2186The operating system is another concept that is curious. Operating
2187systems are dauntingly complex and totally unnecessary. It’s a brilliant
2188thing that Bill Gates has done in selling the world on the notion of
2189operating systems. It’s probably the greatest con game the world has
2190ever seen.
2191
2192An operating system does absolutely nothing for you. As long as you had
2193something — a subroutine called disk driver, a subroutine called some
2194kind of communication support, in the modern world, it doesn’t do
2195anything else. In fact, Windows spends a lot of time with overlays and
2196disk management all stuff like that which are irrelevant. You’ve got
2197gigabyte disks; you’ve got megabyte RAMs. The world has changed in a way
2198that renders the operating system unnecessary.
2199
2200=head2 v5.18.1-RC1 - Chuck Moore
2201
2202L<Announced on 2013-08-02 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/08/msg205445.html>
2203
2204Compilers are probably the worst code ever written. They are written by
2205someone who has never written a compiler before and will never do so
2206again. The more elaborate the language, the more complex, bug-ridden,
2207and unusable is the compiler. But a simple compiler for a simple
2208language is an essential tool—if only for documentation.
2209
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2210=head2 v5.18.0 - Yevgeny Zamyatin
2211
2212L<Announced on 2013-05-18 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201940.html>
2213
2214It is an error to divide people into the living and the dead: there are people
2215who are dead-alive, and people who are alive-alive. The dead-alive also write,
2216walk, speak, act. But they make no mistakes; only machines make no mistakes,
2217and they produce only dead things. The alive-alive are constantly in error, in
2218search, in questions, in torment.
2219
2ee7da68 2220=head2 v5.18.0-RC4 - Joseph Heller, "Catch-22"
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2223
2224Clevinger was dead. That was the basic flaw in his philosophy.
2225
2226=head2 v5.18.0-RC3 - Tom Waits, "The Ocean Doesn't Want Me"
2227
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2229
2230 I'd love to go drowning
2231 And to stay and to stay
2232 But the ocean doesn't want me today
2233 I'll go in up to here
2234 It can't possibly hurt
2235 All they will find is my beer
2236 And my shirt
2237
2238=head2 v5.18.0-RC2 - Tom Waits, "Earth Died Screaming"
2239
2240L<Announced on 2013-05-12 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201723.html>
2241
2242 And the great day of wrath has come
2243 And here's mud in your big red eye
2244 The poker's in the fire
2245 And the locusts take the sky
2246 And the earth died screaming
2247 While I lay dreaming of you
2248
2249=head2 v5.18.0-RC1 - Tom Waits, "What's He Building in There?"
2250
2251L<Announced on 2013-05-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/05/msg201651.html>
2252
2253 What's he building in there?
2254
2255 We have a right to know…
2256
2ee7da68 2257=head2 v5.17.11 - Nigel Tufnel in "This is Spın̈al Tap"
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2259L<Announced on 2013-04-20 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/04/msg201056.html>
2260
2261It's very special because, if you can see, the numbers all go to…
2262eleven! Look, right across the board: eleven, eleven, eleven, eleven!
2263
2ee7da68 2264=head2 v5.17.10 - Vernor Vinge, "A Fire Upon The Deep"
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2267
2268The archive informed the automation. Data structures were built, recipes
2269followed. A local network was built, faster than anything on Straum, but surely
2270safe. Nodes were added, modified by other recipes. The archive was a friendly
2271place, with hierarchies of translation keys that led them along. Straum itself
2272would be famous for this.
2273
2274Six months passed. A year.
2275
72f869fd 2276The omniscient view. Not self-aware really. Self-awareness is much over-rated.
7707f065 2277Most automation works far better as a part of a whole, and even if human-
72f869fd 2278powerful, it does not need to self-know.
7707f065 2279
2ee7da68 2280=head2 v5.17.9 - Douglas Adams, "The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy"
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2283
2284Vogon poetry is of course, the third worst in the universe.
2285The second worst is that of the Azgoths of Kria. During a
2286recitation by their poet master Grunthos the Flatulent of
2287his poem 'Ode To A Small Lump of Green Putty I Found In My
2288Armpit One Midsummer Morning' four of his audience died
2289of internal haemorrhaging and the president of the
2290Mid-Galactic Arts Nobbling Council survived by gnawing one
2291of his own legs off. Grunthos is reported to have been
2292'disappointed' by the poem's reception, and was about to
2293embark on a reading of his twelve-book epic entitled
2294'My Favourite Bathtime Gurgles' when his own major intestine,
2295in a desperate attempt to save life and civilisation,
2296leapt straight up through his neck and throttled his brain.
2297
2298The very worst poetry of all perished along with its creator
2299Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, Essex, England,
2300in the destruction of the planet Earth.
2301
2ee7da68 2302=head2 v5.17.8 - Iain Pears, "An Instance of the Fingerpost"
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2305
2306I must here declare myself as someone who does not for a moment subscribe to
2307the general view that a willingness to perform oneself is detrimental to the
2308dignity of experimental philosophy. There is, after all, a clear distinction
2309between labour carried out for financial reward, and that done for the
2310improvement of mankind: to put it another way, Lower as a philosopher was
2311fully my equal even if he fell away when he became the practising physician.
2312I think ridiculous of certain professors of anatomy, who find it beneath
2313them to pick up the knife themselves, but merely comment while hired hands
2314do the cutting. Sylvius would never have dreamt of sitting on a dais reading
b86ac955 2315from an authority while others cut — when he taught, the knife was
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2316in his hand and the blood spattered his coat. Boyle also did not scruple to
2317perform his own experiments and, on one occasion in my presence, even showed
2318himself willing to anatomise a rat with his very own hands. Nor was he less
2319a gentleman when he had finished. Indeed, in my opinion, his stature was all
2320the greater, for in Boyle wealth, humility and curiosity mingled, and the
2321world is richer for it.
2322
2ee7da68 2323=head2 v5.17.7 - R. Scott Bakker, "The Darkness That Comes Before"
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2326
2327No thought.
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2328
2329The boy extinguished. Only a place.
2330
2331This place.
2332
2333Motionless, 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.
2334
2335A place without breath or sound. A place of sight alone. A place without before or after . . . almost.
2336
2337For 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.
2338
2339The 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 . . .
2340
2341And 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.
2342
2343The slap of pommel against palm triggered the collapse of place into little boy. The pale stench of his body. Breath, sound, and lurching thoughts.
2344
2345I have been legion . . .
2346
2347In 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.
2348
2349Now I understand.
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2ee7da68 2351=head2 v5.17.6 - Kurt Vonnegut, "The Sirens of Titan"
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2354
2355Beatrice, looking like a gypsy queen, smoldered at the foot of a statue
2356of a young physical student. At first glance, the laboratory-gowned
2357scientist seemed to be a perfect servant of nothing but truth. At first
2358glance, one was convinced that nothing but truth could please him as he
2359beamed at his test tube. At first glance, one thought that he was as
2360much above the beastly concerns of mankind as the harmoniums in the
2361caves of Mercury. There, at first glance, was a young man without
2362vanity, without lust — and one accepted at its face value the title Salo
2363had engraved on the statue, "Discovery of Atomic Power."
2364
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2365=head2 v5.17.5 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2366
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2368
2369Neither of them noticed the pair of polka-dotted knickers hiding
2370behind the ventilation duct overhead, listening patiently and
2371recording everything.
2372
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2373=head2 v5.17.4 - Roald Dahl, "Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf"
2374
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2377 The small girl smiles. One eyelid flickers.
2378 She whips a pistol from her knickers.
2379 She aims it at the creature's head,
2380 And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
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2382 A few weeks later, in the wood,
2383 I came across Miss Riding Hood.
2384 But what a change! No cloak of red,
2385 No silly hood upon her head.
2386 She said, "Hello, and do please note
2387 My lovely furry wolfskin coat."
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2389=head2 v5.17.3 - Kris Ta-belle, "Smoked Perl Onion Soup"
2390
2391L<Announced on 2012-08-20 by Steve Hay|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/08/msg190775.html>
2392
2393Preparation:
2394
2395Cut 16 Perl Onions into quarters and put them in a grill smoker rack
2396or a perforated pan over a BBQ using hickory wood chips or Special
2397Blend Smoker Bisquettes. Smoke them for an hour and remove once they
2398look golden brown.
2399Let them cool and put them in the fridge (or freezer) until you are
2400ready to create the soup.
2401
2402Ingredients:
2403
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2404 16 diced, pre-smoked, Perl Onions
2405 3 tbsp butter
2406 1/4 cup olive oil
2407 2 small garlic cloves, finely minced
2408 1 tsp salt
2409 1 tsp sugar
2410 black pepper to taste
2411 1 cup red wine
2412 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2413 6 cups of beef or vegetable stock
2414 1 cup of thick cream (milk can be used as a substitute)
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2415
2416Method:
2417
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2418 Melt the butter in a pan and then add olive oil.
2419 Heat and add the onions to caramelize over a medium-high heat for up
2420 to half an hour.
2421 Add the garlic, turn down the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes.
2422 Add the salt, pepper and sugar.
2423 Now add the red wine and reduce to a jam like consistency.
2424 Add the flour, stir well and add the stock a cup at a time.
2425 Simmer for 30 minutes, add the cream and heat to almost boiling.
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2426
2427Enjoy.
2428
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2429=head2 v5.17.2 - Terry Pratchet, "The Colour of Magic"
2430
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2432
2433‘I knew it,’ said Rincewind. ‘We're in a strong magical field.’
2434
2435Twoflower and Hrun looked around the little hollow where they had made
2436their noonday halt. Then they looked at each other.
2437
2438The horses were quietly cropping the rich grass by the stream. Yellow
2439butterflies skittered among the bushes. There was a smell of thyme
2440and a buzzing of bees. The wild pigs on the spit sizzled gently.
2441
2442Hrun shrugged and went back to oiling his biceps. They gleamed.
2443
2444‘Looks alright to me,’ he said.
2445
2446‘Try tossing a coin,’ said Rincewind.
2447
2448‘What?’
2449
2450‘Go on. Toss a coin.’
2451
2452‘Hokay,’ said Hrun. 'If that gives you any pleasure.’ He reached into
2453his pouch and withdrew a handful of loose change plundered from a
2454dozen realms. With some care he selected a Zchloty leaden
2455quarter-iotum and balanced it on a purple thumbnail.
2456
2457‘You call,’ he said. ‘Heads or—’ he inspected the obverse with
2458an air of intense concentration, ‘some sort of a fish with legs.’
2459
2460‘When it's in the air,’ said Rincewind. Hrun grinned and flicked his thumb.
2461
2462The iotum rose, spinning.
2463
2464‘Edge,’ said Rincewind, without looking at it.
2465
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2466=head2 v5.17.1 - Rand Miller, "Myst: The Book of Ti'ana"
2467
2468L<Announced on 2012-06-20 by doy|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/06/msg188354.html>
2469
2470On their return from Ko'ah, Aitrus had shown her the Book, patiently
2471taking her through page after page, and showing her how such an Age was
2472"made." She had seen at once the differences between this archaic form
2473and the ordinary written speech of the D'ni, noting how it was not
2474merely more elaborate but more specific: a language of precise yet
2475subtle descriptive power. Yet seeing was one thing, believing another.
2476Given all the evidence, her rational mind still fought against accepting
2477it.
2478
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2479=head2 v5.17.0 - Charles Stross, "Singularity Sky"
2480
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2482
2483`Welcome, comrades!' Burya opened his arms toward the soldier.
2484`Yes it is true! With help from our allies of the Festival, the iron
2485hand of the reactionary junta is about to be overthrown for all time!
2486The new economy is being born; the marginal cost of production has
2487been abolished, and from now on, if any item is produced once, it can
2488be replicated infinitely. From each according to his imagination,
2489to each according to his needs! Join us or better still, bring your
2490fellow soldiers and workers to join us!'
2491
2492There was a sharp bang from the roof of the Corn Exchange, right at the
2493climax of his impromptu speech; heads turned in alarm. Something had
2494broken inside the spork factory and a stream of rainbow-hued plastic
2495implements fountained toward the sky and clattered to the cobblestones
2496on every side, like a harbinger of the postindustrial society to come.
2497Workers and peasants alike stared in open-mouthed bewilderment at this
2498astounding display of productivity, then bent to scrabble in the muck
2499for the brightly colored sporks of revolution. A volley of shots rang
2500out and Burya Rubenstein raised his hands, grinning wildly, to accept
2501the salute of the soldiers from the Skull Hill garrison.
2502
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2503=head2 v5.16.3 - Devo, "Freedom of Choice"
2504
2505L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg200009.html>
2506
2507 A victim of collision on the open sea
2508 Nobody ever said that life was free
2509 Sink, swim, go down with the ship
2510 But use your freedom of choice
2511
2512=head2 v5.16.2 - Stanislaw Lem, "The Cyberiad", Trurl's Machine
2513
2514L<Announced on 2012-11-01 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg194915.html>
2515
2516Once upon a time Trurl the constructor built an eight-story thinking
2517machine. When it was finished, he gave it a coat of white paint,
2518trimmed the edges in lavender, stepped back, squinted, then added a
2519little curlicue on the front and, where one might imagine the forehead
2520to be, a few pale orange polkadots. Extremely pleased with himself,
2521he whistled an air and, as is always done on such occasions, asked it
2522the ritual question of how much is two plus two.
2523
2524The machine stirred. Its tubes began to glow, its coils warmed up,
2525current coursed through all its circuits like a waterfall,
2526transformers hummed and throbbed, there was a clanging, and a
2527chugging, and such an ungodly racket that Trurl began to think of
2528adding a special mentation muffler. Meanwhile the machine labored on,
2529as if it had been given the most difficult problem in the Universe to
2530solve; the ground shook, the sand slid underfoot from the vibration,
2531valves popped like champagne corks, the relays nearly gave way under
2532the strain. At last, when Trurl had grown extremely impatient, the
2533machine ground to a halt and said in a voice like thunder: SEVEN!
2534
2ee7da68 2535=head2 v5.16.1 - Emerald Rose, "Never Split The Party"
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2538
2539 Don't you know? You never split the party
2540 Clerics in the back to keep those fighters hale and hearty
2541 The wizard in the middle, where he can shed some light
2542 And you never let that damn thief out of sight…
2543
c33412d7 2544=head2 v5.16.1-RC1 - Tom Moldvay, Foreward to the "Dungeons & Dragons Basic Rulebook"
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2547
2548I was busy rescuing the captured maiden when the dragon showed up.
2549Fifty feed of scaled terror glared down at us with smoldering red eyes.
2550Tendrils of smoke drifted out from between fangs larger than daggers.
2551The dragon blocked the only exit from the cave.
2552
2553
2554
2555I unwrapped the sword which the mysterious cleric had given me. The
2556sword was golden-tinted steel. Its hilt was set with a rainbow
2557collection of precious gems. I shouted my battle cry and charged
2558
2559My charge caught the dragon by surprise. Its titanic jaws snapped shut
2560inches from my face. I swung the golden sword with both arms. The
2561swordblade bit into the dragon's neck and continued through to the other
2562side. With an earth-shaking crash, the dragon dropped dead at my feet.
2563The magic sword had saved my life and ended the reign of the
2564dragon-tyrant. The countryside was freed and I could return as a hero.
2565
2ee7da68 2566=head2 v5.16.0 - W.H. Auden, "September 1, 1939"
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2570 All I have is a voice
2571 To undo the folded lie,
2572 The romantic lie in the brain
2573 Of the sensual man-in-the-street
2574 And the lie of Authority
2575 Whose buildings grope the sky:
2576 There is no such thing as the State
2577 And no one exists alone;
2578 Hunger allows no choice
2579 To the citizen or the police;
2580 We must love one another or die.
2581
2ee7da68 2582=head2 v5.15.9 - Bob Dylan, "Blowin' In The Wind"
54fdd2d6 2583
6dab83b1 2584L<Announced on 2012-03-20 by Abigail|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/03/msg184824.html>
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2586 How many roads must a man walk down
2587 Before you call him a man?
2588 Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
2589 Before she sleeps in the sand?
2590 Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannonballs fly
2591 Before they're forever banned?
2592 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2593 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2594
2595 How many years can a mountain exist
2596 Before it's washed to the sea?
2597 Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
2598 Before they're allowed to be free?
2599 Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head
2600 Pretending he just doesn't see?
2601 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2602 The answer is blowin' in the wind
2603
2604 How many times must a man look up
2605 Before he can see the sky?
2606 Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
2607 Before he can hear people cry?
2608 Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
2609 That too many people have died?
2610 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
2611 The answer is blowin' in the wind
54fdd2d6 2612
2ee7da68 2613=head2 v5.15.8 - The KLF, "The Manual-How To Have A Number One The Easy Way"
1f9d7ff5 2614
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2616
2617 "Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2618 Doctor Who, in the Tardis
2619 Doctor Who, hey Doctor Who
2620 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who
2621 Doctor Who, Doc, Doctor Who"
2622
2623Gibberish of course, but every lad in the country under a certain
2624age related instinctively to what it was about. The ones slightly
2625older needed a couple of pints inside them to clear away the mind
2626debris left by the passing years before it made sense. As for
2627girls and our chorus, we think they must have seen it as pure crap.
2628A fact that must have limited to zero our chances of staying at The
2629Top for more than one week.
2630
2631Stock, Aitkin and Waterman, however, are kings of writing chorus
2632lyrics that go straight to the emotional heart of the 7" single
2633buying girls in this country. Their most successful records will kick
2634into the chorus with a line which encapsulates the entire emotional
2635meaning of the song. This will obviously be used as the title. As
2636soon as Rick Astley hit the first line of the chorus on his debut
2637single it was all over - the Number One position was guaranteed:
2638
2639 "I'm never going to give you up"
2640
2ee7da68 2641=head2 v5.15.7 - Penelope Lively, "The Voyage of QV66"
cf6bc744 2642
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2644
2645"Laboratories," announced Henry. "Kindly don't touch anything."
2646
2647He led us into a long low brick shed. Outside there was a
2648notice on a piece of board, crudely printed in red paint,
2649which said GRATE SIENCE DISCOVERYS DONE HERE SSSH! BRING YOUR
2650OWN BUKKIT NO PINCHING ANYWUN ELSE'S EXPERRYMENTS CANTEEN OPEN
2651ALL DAY CHIMPS ONLY.
2652
2653There were a lot of large black monkeys inside, all intently
2654busy on what they were doing. Some of them were pouring stuff
2655out of bottles into buckets and carefully stirring the ensuing
2656mixture; others were at work with glass tubes and jars, blowing
2657and measuring and mixing; others were crouched over long benches
2658with tools and heaps of bits and pieces of metal, cutting and
2659bending and constructing. There was a great deal of noise and
2660chatter. Every now and then one of them would give a whoop of
2661excitement and all the others would gather round and jump up and
2662down cheering and applauding.
2663
2664"Chimps," said Henry. "They're awfully clever."
2665
2ee7da68 2666=head2 v5.15.6 - Ursula K. Leguin, "A Wizard of Earthsea"
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2669
2670Ged had thought that as the prentice of a great mage he would enter at once
2671into the mystery and mastery of power. He would understand the language of the
2672beasts and the speech of the leaves of the forest, he thought, and sway the
2673winds with his word, and learn to change himself into any shape he
2674wished. Maybe he and his master would run together as stags, or fly to Re Albi
2675over the mountain on the wings of eagles.
2676
2677But it was not so at all. They wandered, first down into the Vale and then
2678gradually south and westward around the mountain, given lodging in little
2679villages or spending the night out in the wilderness, like poor
2680journeyman-sorcerers, or tinkers, or beggars. They entered no mysterious
2681domain. Nothing happened. The mage's oaken staff that Ged had watched at first
2682with eager dread was nothing but a stout staff to walk with. Three days went
2683by and four days went by and still Ogion had not spoken a single charm in
2684Ged's hearing, and had not taught him a single name or rune or spell.
2685
2ee7da68 2686=head2 v5.15.5 - Nikolai Gogol, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, "The Diary of a Madman"
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2689
2690This day - is a day of the greatest solemnity! Spain has a king. He has
2691been found. I am that king. Only this very day did I learn of it. I
2692confess, it came to me suddenly in a flash of lightning. I don't understand
2693how I could have thought and imagined that I was a titular councillor. How
2694could such a wild notion enter my head? It's a good thing no one thought of
2695putting me in an insane asylum. Now everything is laid open before me. Now
2696I see everything as on the palm of my hand. And before, I don't understand,
2697before everything around me was in some sort of fog. And all this happens, I
2698think, because people imagine that the human brain is in the head. Not at
2699all: it is brought by a wind from the direction of the Caspian Sea. First
2700off, I announced to Mavra who I am. When she heard that the king of Spain
2701was standing before her, she clasped her hands and nearly died of fright.
2702The stupid woman had never seen a king of Spain before. However, I
2703endeavoured to calm her down and assured her in gracious words of my
2704benevolence and that I was not at all angry that she sometimes polished my
2705boots poorly. They're benighted folk. It's impossible to tell them about
2706lofty matters. She got frightened because she's convinced that all kings of
2707Spain are like Philip II. But I explained to her that there was no
2708resemblance between me and Philip II, and that I didn't have a single
2709Capuchin . . . I didn't go to the office . . . To hell with it! No friends,
2710you won't lure me there now; I'm not going to copy your vile papers!
2711
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2712=head2 v5.15.4 - Steve Jobs
2713
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2715
2716A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences. So they
2717don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions
2718without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of
2719the human experience, the better design we will have.
2720
2ee7da68 2721=head2 v5.15.3 - Oscar Wilde, From the preface to "The Picture of Dorian Gray"
607b15aa 2722
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2725All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath
2726the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol
2727do so at their peril.
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2729It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.
2730Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the
2731work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the
2732artist is in accord with himself.
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2734We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as
2735he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless
2736thing is that one admires it intensely.
607b15aa 2737
4ed12d4a 2738All art is quite useless.
607b15aa 2739
2ee7da68 2740=head2 v5.15.2 - Rainer Maria Rilke, trans., C. F. MacIntyre, "Duino", The First Elegy
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bfb65171 2743
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2744 True, it is strange to live no more on earth,
2745 no longer follow the folkways scarecely learned;
2746 not to give roses and other especially auspicious
2747 things the significance of a human future;
2748 to be no more what one was in infinitely anxious hands,
2749 and to put aside even one's name, like a broken plaything.
2750 Strange, to wish wishes no longer. Strange, to see
2751 all that was related fluttering so loosely in space.
2752 And being dead is hard, full of catching-up,
2753 so that finally one feels a little eternity.–
2754 But the living all make the mistake of too sharp discrimination.
2755 Often angels (it's said) don't know if they move
2756 among the quick or the dead. The eternal current
2757 hurtles all ages along with it forever
2758 through both realms and drowns their voices in both.
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2760=head2 v5.15.1 - Greg Egan, "Permutation City"
2761
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2763
2764Carter held out a hand towards the middle of the room. `See that
2765fountain?' A ten-metre-wide marble wedding cake, topped with a
2766winged cherub wrestling a serpent, duly appeared. Water cascaded
2767down from a gushing wound in the cherub's neck. Carter said, `It's
2768being computed by redundancies in the sketch of the city. I can
2769extract the results, because I know exactly where to look for them --
2770but nobody else would have a hope in hell of picking them out.'
2771
2772Peer walked up to the fountain. Even as he approached, he noticed
2773that the spray was intangible; when he dipped his hand in the water
2774around the base he felt nothing, and the motion he made with his
2775fingers left the foaming surface unchanged. They were spying on
2776the calculations, not interacting with them; the fountain was a
2777closed system.
2778
2779Carter said, `In your case, of course, nobody will need to know
2780the results. Except you -- and you'll know them because you'll
2781/be/ them.'
2782
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2783=head2 v5.15.0 - Neil Gaiman, "The Graveyard Book"
2784
2785L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by David Golden|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173748.html>
2786
4ed12d4a 2787If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.
452ead5e 2788
c682aa67 2789=head2 v5.14.4 - Arthur C. Clarke, "The Nine Billion Names of God"
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c682aa67 2791L<Announced on 2013-03-11 by Dave Mitchell|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2013/03/msg199988.html>
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2793He began to sing, but gave it up after a while. This vast arena of
2794mountains, gleaming like whitely hooded ghosts on every side, did not
2795encourage such ebullience. Presently George glanced at his watch.
2796
2797'Should be there in an hour,' he called back over his shoulder to
2798Chuck. Then he added, in an afterthought: 'Wonder if the computer's
2799finished its run. It was due about now.'
2800
2801Chuck didn't reply, so George swung round in his saddle. He could just
2802see Chuck's face, a white oval turned towards the sky.
2803
2804'Look,' whispered Chuck, and George lifted his eyes to heaven. (There
2805is always a last time for everything.)
2806
2807Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out.
2808
2809=head2 v5.14.3 - William Shakespeare, "As You Like It"
2810
2811L<Announced on 2012-10-12 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/10/msg194057.html>
2812
2813 The poor world is almost six thousand years old, and in all
2814 this time there was not any man died in his own person,
2815 videlicit, in a love-cause. Troilus had his brains dashed
2816 out with a Grecian club; yet he did what he could to die
2817 before, and he is one of the patterns of love. Leander, he
2818 would have lived many a fair year, though Hero had turned
2819 nun, if it had not been for a hot midsummer night; for, good
2820 youth, he went but forth to wash him in the Hellespont and
2821 being taken with the cramp was drowned and the foolish
2822 coroners of that age found it was 'Hero of Sestos.' But these
2823 are all lies: men have died from time to time and worms have
2824 eaten them, but not for love.
2825
2826=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 >>
2827
2828L<Announced on 2011-09-26 by Florian Ragwitz|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/09/msg177618.html>
2829
2830It's not so much that people don't value the programs after they have them--they
2831do value them. But they're not the sort of thing that would ever catch on if
2832they had to overcome the marketing barrier. (I don't yet know if perl will
2833catch on at all--I'm worried enough about it that I specifically included an
2834awk-to-perl translator just to help it catch on.) Maybe it's all just an
2835inferiority complex. Or maybe I don't like to be mercenary.
2836
2837So I guess I'd say that the reason some software comes free is that the
2838mechanism for selling it is missing, either from the work environment, or from
2839the heart of the programmer.
b3c5102d 2840
c684cf36 2841=head2 v5.14.1 - L<< Larry Wall, January 12, 1988 <992@devvax.JPL.NASA.GOV> |http://groups.google.com/group/comp.sources.d/msg/5d17fa68c250b9b2 >>
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2842
2843L<Announced on 2011-06-16 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173650.html>
2844
2845At this point I'm no longer working for a company that makes me sign
2846my life away, but by now I'm in the habit. Besides, I still harbor
2847the deep-down suspicion that nobody would pay money for what I write,
2848since most of it just helps you do something better that you could
2849already do some other way. How much money would you personally pay
2850to upgrade from readnews to rn? How much money would you pay for
2851the patch program? As for warp, it's a mere game. And anything you
2852can do with perl you can eventually do with an amazing and totally
2853unreadable conglomeration of awk, sed, sh and C.
2854
c684cf36 2855=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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2856
2857L<Announced on 2011-05-14 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172326.html>
2858
2859At the start of any project, I'm programming primarily to please
2860myself. (The two chief virtues in a programmer are laziness and
2861impatience.) After a while somebody looks over my shoulder and says,
2862"That's neat. It'd be neater if it did such-and-so." So the thing
2863gets neater. Pretty soon (a year or two) I have an rn, a warp, a patch,
2864or a perl. One of these years I'll have a metaconfig.
2865
2866I then say to myself, "I don't want my life's work to die when this
2867computer is scrapped, so I should let some other people use this. If I
2868ask my company to sell this, it'll never see the light of day, and nobody
2869would pay much for it anyway. If I sell it myself, I'll be in trouble with
2870my company, to whom I signed my life away when I was hired. If I give it
2871away, I can pretend it was worthless in the first place, so my company
2872won't care. In any event, it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission."
2873
2874So a freely distributable program is born.
2875
2876=head2 v5.14.0-RC3 - American Airlines Gate Agent, last call
2877
2878L<Announced on 2011-05-11 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg172282.html>
2879
2880This is the last call for flight 1697 with service to Chicago and
2881continuing service to San Francisco. All passengers should already be
2882aboard. If you aren't aboard at this time, you will be denied boarding
2883and your bags will be offloaded.
2884
2ee7da68 2885=head2 v5.14.0-RC2 - Greg Grandin, "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford's Forgotten Jungle City"
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2886
2887L<Announced on 2011-05-04 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/05/msg171879.html>
2888
2889Over the course of nearly two decades, Ford would spend tens of millions
2890of dollars founding not one but, after the plantation was defastated
2891by leaf blight, two American towns, complete with central squares,
2892sidewalks, indoor plumbing, hospitals, manicured lawns, movie theaters,
2893swimming pools, golf courses, and, of course, Model Ts and As rolling
2894down their paved streets.
2895
2896Back in America, newspapers kept up their drumbeat celebration, only
2897obliquely referencing reports that things were not progressing as the
2898company had hoped. But there was one note of skepticism. In late 1928,
2899the Washington Post ran an editorial that read in its entirety: "Ford will
2900govern a rubber plantation in Brazil larger than North Carolina. This is
2901the first time he has applied quantity production methods to trouble"
2902
2903=head2 v5.14.0-RC1 - Bill Bryson, "In a Sunburned Country"
2904
2905L<Announced on 2011-04-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/04/msg171253.html>
2906
2907But then Australia is such a difficult country to keep track of. On
2908my first visit, some years ago, I passed the time on the long flight
2909reading a history of Australian politics in the twentieth century,
2910wherein I encountered the startling fact that in 1967 the prime minister,
2911Harold Holt, was strolling along a beach in Victoria when he plunged into
2912the surf and vanished. No trace of the poor man was ever seen again.
b86ac955 2913This seemed doubly astounding to me—first that Australia could
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2914just I<lose> a prime minister (I mean, come on) and second that news of
2915this had never reached me.
2916
2ee7da68 2917=head2 v5.13.11 - Walt Whitman, L<"Leaves of Grass"|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaves_of_Grass>
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2920
2921 When the full-grown poet came,
2922 Out spake pleased Nature (the round impassive globe, with all its
2923 shows of day and night,) saying, He is mine;
2924 But out spake too the Soul of man, proud, jealous and unreconciled,
2925 Nay he is mine alone;
2926 --Then the full-grown poet stood between the two, and took each
2927 by the hand;
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2928 And to-day and ever so stands, as blender, uniter, tightly
2929 holding hands,
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2930 Which he will never release until he reconciles the two,
2931 And wholly and joyously blends them.
2932
2ee7da68 2933=head2 v5.13.10 - Egill Skalla-Grímsson, L<"Egils saga Skalla-Grímssonar"|http://www.heimskringla.no/wiki/Egils_saga_Skalla-Gr%C3%ADmssonar>
f1e17f6f 2934
fbc70a9e 2935L<Announced on 2011-02-20 by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/02/msg169340.html>
30688243 2936
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2937 Skalat maðr rúnar rísta,
2938 nema ráða vel kunni.
2939 Þat verðr mörgum manni,
2940 es of myrkvan staf villisk.
2941 Sák á telgðu talkni
2942 tíu launstafi ristna.
2943 Þat hefr lauka lindi
2944 langs ofrtrega fengit.
30688243 2945
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2946=head2 v5.13.9 - John F Kennedy, L<Inaugural Address January 20, 1961|http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy%27s_Inaugural_Address>
2947
2948L<Announced on 2011-01-20 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168335.html>
2949
2950In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been
2951granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I
2952do not shrink from this responsibility -- I welcome it. I do not believe
2953that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other
2954generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this
2955endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from
2956that fire can truly light the world.
2957
2958And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you;
2959ask what you can do for your country.
2960
2961My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you,
2962but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
2963
2964Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world,
2965ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which
2966we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history
2967the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love,
2968asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's
2969work must truly be our own.
2970
94521723
Z
2971=head2 v5.13.8 - Roger Williams, L<"The Fifth Gift"|http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2005/8/19/21304/8493>
2972
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2973L<Announced on 2010-12-19 by Zefram|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/12/msg167271.html>
2974
94521723
Z
2975The aliens called the box a "matter generator," but we'd be more inclined
2976to call it a matter duplicator. By connecting switches and potentiometers
2977between the copper posts it was possible to make the box mark off two
2978cubic rectangular areas of volume. Make a certain contact, and these
2979areas would be isolated within perfectly reflective fields. They could
2980be expanded or contracted by altering resistances between other posts.
2981As I worked out the user interface I built a little control panel for
2982the device. It was actually a clever way for the aliens to do things;
2983instead of trying to build controls we could use, they built us an
2984interface we could attach to controls that made sense to us. It could
2985also be automated.
2986
2987Once you had made the contact that established the shielded volumes,
2988if you made another certain contact the contents of the first volume
2989were copied to the second. The machine copied metal, plastic, steel,
2990and diamond with equal ease. Copies of copies of copies of copies were
2991indistinguishable from the originals at any magnification, even using
2992techniques like X-ray crystallography.
2993
2ee7da68 2994=head2 v5.13.7 - Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski, "The Matrix"
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2997
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CBW
2998[Neo sees a black cat walk by them, and then a similar black cat walk by them just like the first one]
2999
5814c912 3000 Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.
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CBW
3001
3002[Everyone freezes right in their tracks]
3003
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3004 Trinity: What did you just say?
3005 Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.
3006 Trinity: What did you see?
3007 Cypher: What happened?
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RS
3008 Neo: A black cat went past us, and then another that looked just
3009 like it.
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3010 Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?
3011 Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure.
3012 Morpheus: Switch! Apoc!
3013 Neo: What is it?
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3014 Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when
3015 they change something.
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3017=head2 v5.13.6 - Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore"
3018
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3019L<Announced on 2010-10-20 by Tatsuhiko Miyagawa|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/10/msg165183.html>
3020
54cc2c9a
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3021The boy called Crow softly rests a hand on my shoulder, and with that
3022he storm vanishes.
3023
3024"From now on -- no matter what -- you've got to be the world's toughest
3025fifteen-year-old. That's the only way you're going to survive. And in order
3026to do that, you've got to figure out what it means to be tough. You following
3027me?"
3028
3029I keep my eyes closed and don't reply. I just want to sink off into sleep
3030like this, his hand on my shoulder. I hear the faint flutter of wings.
3031
3032"You're going to be the world's toughest fifteen-year-old," Crow whispers
3033as I try to fall asleep. Like he was carving the words in a deep blue tattoo
3034on my heart.
3035
3036(Translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel)
3037
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3039
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3042Candle in hand I stepped in. I do not know whether the quality of
3043air, long undisturbed, is peculiar; to me it has always seemed so, and
3044the damp smell of the old masonry hung in this atmosphere. My candle
3045faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot
3046of which I could not see. Down I went, and a few turns brought me to
3047the stone floor. Here was another door, of the simple, old, oak kind,
3048deep sunk in the thickness of the wall. The large end of the key
3049fitted this. The lock was stiff; I set the candle down upon the
3050stair, and applied both hands; it turned with difficulty, and as it
3051revolved, uttered a shriek that alarmed me for my secret.
3052
3053For some minutes I did not move. In a little time, however, I took
3054courage, and opened the door. The night-air floating in puffed out
3055the candle. There was a thicket of holly and underwood, as dense as a
3056jungle, close about the door. I should have been in pitch-darkness,
3057were it not that through the topmost leaves there twinkled, here and
3058there, a glimmer of moonshine.
3059
3060Softly, lest any one should have opened his window at the sound of the
3061rusty bolt, I struggled through this till I gained a view of the open
3062grounds. Here I found that the brushwood spread a good way up the
3063park, uniting with the wood that approached the little temple I have
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3066=head2 v5.13.4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3067
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3069
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3070`How the creatures order one about, and make one repeat lessons!' thought Alice;
3071`I might as well be at school at once.' However, she got up, and began to repeat
3072it, but her head was so full of the Lobster Quadrille, that she hardly knew what
3073she was saying, and the words came very queer indeed:--
3074
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3075 "'Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
3076 "You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair."
3077 As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
3078 Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes.'
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3079
3080
3081`That's different from what I used to say when I was a child,' said the Gryphon.
3082
3083`Well, I never heard it before,' said the Mock Turtle; `but it sounds uncommon
3084nonsense.'
3085
3086Alice said nothing; she had sat down with her face in her hands, wondering if
3087anything would ever happen in a natural way again.
3088
3089`I should like to have it explained,' said the Mock Turtle.
3090
3091`She can't explain it,' said the Gryphon hastily. `Go on with the next verse.'
3092
3093`But about his toes?' the Mock Turtle persisted. `How could he turn them out
3094with his nose, you know?'
3095
3096`It's the first position in dancing.' Alice said; but was dreadfully puzzled by
3097the whole thing, and longed to change the subject.
3098
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3099=head2 v5.13.3 - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, "Good Omens"
3100
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3103Look at Crowley, doing 110 mph on the M40 heading towards
3104Oxfordshire. Even the most resolutely casual observer would
3105notice a number of strange things about him. The clenched teeth,
3106for example, or the dull red glow coming from behind his
3107sunglasses. And the car. The car was a definite hint.
3108
3109Crowley had started the journey in his Bentley, and he was
3110dammned if he wasn't going to finish it in the Bentley as well.
3111Not that even the kind of car buff who owns his own pair of
3112motoring goggles would have been able to tell it was a vintage
3113Bentley. Not any more. They wouldn't have been able to tell
3114that it was a Bentley. They would only offer fifty-fifty that it
3115had ever even been a car.
3116
3117There was no paint left on it, for a start. It might still have
3118been black, where it wasn't a rusty, smudged reddish-brown, but
3119this was a dull charcoal black. It traveled in its own ball of
3120flame, like a space capsule making a particularly difficult
3121re-entry.
3122
3123There was a thin skin of crusted, melted rubber left around the
3124metal wheel rims, but seeing that the wheel rims were still
3125somhow riding an inch above the road surface this didn't seem to
3126make an awful lot of difference to the suspension.
3127
3128It should have fallen apart miles back.
3129
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3131
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3134We deal in the moral equivalent of black holes, where the normal laws -
3135the rules of right and wrong that people imagine apply everywhere else
3136in the universe - break down; beyond those metaphysical event-horizons,
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3137there exist ... special circumstances.
3138
3139=head2 v5.13.1 - Miguel de Unamuno, "The Sepulchre of Don Quixote"
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3143And if anyone shall come to you and say that he knows how to construct
3144bridges and that perhaps a time will come when you will wish to avail
3145yourself of his science in order to cross over a river, out with him! Out
3146with the engineer! Rivers will be crossed by wading or swimming them, even
3147if half the crusaders drown themselves. Let the engineer go off and build
3148bridges somewhere else, where they are badly wanted. For those who go in
3149quest of the sepulchre, faith is bridge enough.
3150
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3151=head2 v5.13.0 - Jules Verne, "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth"
3152
3153L<Announced on 2010-04-20 by LE<0xe9>on Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/04/msg159275.html>
3154
3155The heat still remained at quite a supportable degree. With an
3156involuntary shudder, I reflected on what the heat must have been
3157when the volcano of Sneffels was pouring its smoke, flames, and
3158streams of boiling lava -- all of which must have come up by the
3159road we were now following. I could imagine the torrents of hot
3160seething stone darting on, bubbling up with accompaniments of
3161smoke, steam, and sulphurous stench!
3162
3163"Only to think of the consequences," I mused, "if the old
3164volcano were once more to set to work."
3165
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3166=head2 v5.12.5 - William Shakespeare, "Measure for Measure"
3167
3168L<Announced on 2012-11-10 by Dominic Hargreaves|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2012/11/msg195171.html>
3169
3170 Music oft hath such a charm
3171 To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
3172
3173=head2 v5.12.4 - William Schwenck Gilbert, "Trial By Jury"
3174
3175L<Announced on 2011-06-20 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173725.html>
3176
3177 You cannot eat breakfast all day,
3178 Nor is it the act of a sinner,
3179 When breakfast is taken away,
3180 To turn his attention to dinner;
3181 And it's not in the range of belief,
3182 To look upon him as a glutton,
3183 Who, when he is tired of beef,
3184 Determines to tackle the mutton.
3185 Ah! But this I am willing to say,
3186 If it will appease her sorrow,
3187 I'll marry this lady today,
3188 And I'll marry the other tomorrow!
3189
3190=head2 v5.12.4-RC2 - James Russell Lowell, "Eleanor makes macaroons"
3191
3192L<Announced on 2011-06-15 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173609.html>
3193
3194 Now for sugar, -- nay, our plan
3195 Tolerates no work of man.
3196 Hurry, then, ye golden bees;
3197 Fetch your clearest honey, please,
3198 Garnered on a Yorkshire moor,
3199 While the last larks sing and soar,
3200 From the heather-blossoms sweet
3201 Where sea-breeze and sunshine meet,
3202 And the Augusts mask as Junes, --
3203 Eleanor makes macaroons!
3204
3205=head2 v5.12.4-RC1 - Ogden Nash, "The Clean Plater"
3206
3207L<Announced on 2011-06-08 by Leon Brocard|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/06/msg173352.html>
3208
3209 Pheasant is pleasant, of course,
3210 And terrapin, too, is tasty,
3211 Lobster I freely endorse,
3212 In pate or patty or pasty.
3213 But there's nothing the matter with butter,
3214 And nothing the matter with jam,
3215 And the warmest greetings I utter
3216 To the ham and the yam and the clam.
3217 For they're food,
3218 All food,
3219 And I think very fondly of food.
3220 Through I'm broody at times
3221 When bothered by rhymes,
3222 I brood
3223 On food.
3224
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3225=head2 v5.12.3 - Howard W. Campbell, Jr., "Reflections on Not Participating in Current Events"
3226
3227L<Announced on 2011-01-21 by Ricardo Signes|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2011/01/msg168368.html>
3228
3229 I saw a huge steam roller,
3230 It blotted out the sun.
3231 The people all lay down, lay down;
3232 They did not try to run.
3233 My love and I, we looked amazed
3234 Upon the gory mystery.
3235 'Lie down, lie down!' the people cried.
3236 'The great machine is history!'
3237 My love and I, we ran away,
3238 The engine did not find us.
3239 We ran up to a mountain top,
3240 Left history far behind us.
3241 Perhaps we should have stayed and died,
3242 But somehow we don't think so.
3243 We went to see where history'd been,
3244 And my, the dead did stink so.
3245
3246=head2 v5.12.2 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3247
3248L<Announced on 2010-09-06 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/09/msg163852.html>
3249
3250CPUs. Cayce Pollard Units. That's what Damien calls the clothing
3251she wears. CPUs are either black, white, or gray, and ideally
3252seem to have come into this world without human intervention.
3253
3254What people take for relentless minimalism is a side effect
3255of too much exposure to the reactor-cores of fashion. This
3256has resulted in a remorseless paring-down of what she can and
3257will wear. She is, literally, allergic to fashion. She can
3258only tolerate things that could have been worn, to a general
3259lack of comment, during any year between 1945 and 2000. She's a
3260design-free zone, a one-woman school of and whose very austerity
3261periodically threatens to spawn its own cult.
3262
3263=head2 v5.12.2-RC1 - William Gibson, "Pattern Recognition"
3264
3265L<Announced on 2010-08-31 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/08/msg163670.html>
3266
3267The front page opens, familiar as a friend's living room. A frame-grab
3268from #48 serves as backdrop, dim and almost monochrome, no characters in
3269view. This is one of the sequences that generate comparisons with
3270Tarkovsky. She only knows Tarkovsky from stills, really, though she did
3271once fall asleep during a screening of The Stalker, going under on an
3272endless pan, the camera aimed straight down, in close-up, at a puddle on
3273a ruined mosaic floor. But she is not one of those who think that much
3274will be gained by analysis of the maker's imagined influences. The cult
3275of the footage is rife with subcults, claiming every possible influence.
3276Truffaut, Peckinpah -- The Peckinpah people, among the least likely, are
3277still waiting for the guns to be drawn.
3278
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3279=head2 v5.12.1 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3280
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3282
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3283"Now suppose," chortled Dr. Breed, enjoying himself, "that there were
3284many possible ways in which water could crystallize, could freeze.
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3285Suppose that the sort of ice we skate upon and put into highballs --
3286what we might call ice-one -- is only one of several types of ice.
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3287Suppose water always froze as ice-one on Earth because it had never
3288had a seed to teach it how to form ice-two, ice-three, ice-four
3289...? And suppose," he rapped on his desk with his old hand again,
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3290"that there were one form, which we will call ice-nine -- a crystal as
3291hard as this desk -- with a melting point of, let us say, one-hundred
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3292degrees Fahrenheit, or, better still, a melting point of one-hundred-
3293and-thirty degrees."
3294
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3295=head2 v5.12.1-RC2 - Kurt Vonnegut, "Cat's Cradle"
3296
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3299San Lorenzo was fifty miles long and twenty miles wide, I learned from
3300the supplement to the New York Sunday Times. Its population was four
3301hundred, fifty thousand souls, "...all fiercely dedicated to the ideals
3302of the Free World."
3303
3304Its highest point, Mount McCabe, was eleven thousand feet above sea
3305level. Its capital was Bolivar, "...a strikingly modern city built on a
3306harbor capable of sheltering the entire United States Navy." The principal
3307exports were sugar, coffee, bananas, indigo, and handcrafted novelties.
3308
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3310
3311L<Announced on 2010-05-09 by Jesse Vincent|http://www.nntp.perl.org/group/perl.perl5.porters/2010/05/msg159971.html>
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3313Which brings me to the Bokononist concept of a wampeter. A wampeter is
3314the pivot of a karass. No karass is without a wampeter, Bokonon tells us,
3315just as no wheel is without a hub. Anything can be a wampeter: a tree,
3316a rock, an animal, an idea, a book, a melody, the Holy Grail. Whatever
3317it is, the members of its karass revolve about it in the majestic chaos
3318of a spiral nebula. The orbits of the members of a karass about their
3319common wampeter are spiritual orbits, naturally. It is souls and not
3320bodies that revolve. As Bokonon invites us to sing:
3321
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3322 Around and around and around we spin,
3323 With feet of lead and wings of tin . . .
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3325=head2 v5.12.0 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3326
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3329'Please would you tell me,' said Alice, a little timidly, for she was
3330not quite sure whether it was good manners for her to speak first, 'why
3331your cat grins like that?'
3332
3333'It's a Cheshire cat,' said the Duchess, 'and that's why. Pig!'
3334
3335She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite
3336jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby,
3337and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
3338
3339'I didn't know that Cheshire cats always grinned; in fact, I didn't know
3340that cats COULD grin.'
3341
3342'They all can,' said the Duchess; 'and most of 'em do.'
3343
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3344=head2 v5.12.0-RC5 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3345
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3348'Not QUITE right, I'm afraid,' said Alice, timidly; 'some of the words
3349have got altered.'
3350
3351'It is wrong from beginning to end,' said the Caterpillar decidedly, and
3352there was silence for some minutes.
3353
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3354=head2 v5.12.0-RC4 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3355
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3358'It was much pleasanter at home,' thought poor Alice, 'when one wasn't
3359always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and
3360rabbits. I almost wish I hadn't gone down that rabbit-hole--and yet--and
3361yet--it's rather curious, you know, this sort of life! I do wonder what
3362can have happened to me! When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that
3363kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!
3364
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3365=head2 v5.12.0-RC3 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
3366
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3369At last the Mouse, who seemed to be a person of authority among them,
3370called out, 'Sit down, all of you, and listen to me! I'LL soon make you
3371dry enough!' They all sat down at once, in a large ring, with the Mouse
3372in the middle. Alice kept her eyes anxiously fixed on it, for she felt
3373sure she would catch a bad cold if she did not get dry very soon.
3374
3375'Ahem!' said the Mouse with an important air, 'are you all ready? This
3376is the driest thing I know. Silence all round, if you please! "William
3377the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted
3378to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much
3379accustomed to usurpation and conquest. Edwin and Morcar, the earls of
d517a16a 3380Mercia and Northumbria --"'
4363636d 3381
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3e340399 3386=head2 v5.12.0-RC1 - Lewis Carroll, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"
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3390So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the
3391hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of
3392making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
3393picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
3394close by her.
3395
3396There was nothing so VERY remarkable in that; nor did Alice think it so
3397VERY much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, 'Oh dear! Oh
3398dear! I shall be late!' (when she thought it over afterwards, it
3399occurred to her that she ought to have wondered at this, but at the time
3400it all seemed quite natural); but when the Rabbit actually TOOK A WATCH
3401OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT-POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on,
3402Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had
3403never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to
3404take out of it, and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field
3405after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large
3406rabbit-hole under the hedge.
3407
3408In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how
3409in the world she was to get out again.
3410
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3e340399 3415=head2 v5.11.5 - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Christabel"
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3419 A little child, a limber elf,
3420 Singing, dancing to itself,
3421 A fairy thing with red round cheeks,
3422 That always finds, and never seeks,
3423 Makes such a vision to the sight
3424 As fills a father's eyes with light;
3425 And pleasures flow in so thick and fast
3426 Upon his heart, that he at last
3427 Must needs express his love's excess
3428 With words of unmeant bitterness.
3429 Perhaps 'tis pretty to force together
3430 Thoughts so all unlike each other;
3431 To mutter and mock a broken charm,
3432 To dally with wrong that does no harm.
3433 Perhaps 'tis tender too and pretty
3434 At each wild word to feel within
3435 A sweet recoil of love and pity.
3436 And what, if in a world of sin
3437 (O sorrow and shame should this be true!)
3438 Such giddiness of heart and brain
3439 Comes seldom save from rage and pain,
3440 So talks as it's most used to do.
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3442=head2 v5.11.4 - Fyodor Dostoevsky, "Crime and Punishment"
3443
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3446And you don't suppose that I went into it headlong like a fool? I went
3447into it like a wise man, and that was just my destruction. And you
3448mustn't suppose that I didn't know, for instance, that if I began to
3449question myself whether I had the right to gain power -- I certainly
3450hadn't the right -- or that if I asked myself whether a human being is a
3451louse it proved that it wasn't so for me, though it might be for a man
3452who would go straight to his goal without asking questions.... If I
3453worried myself all those days, wondering whether Napoleon would have
3454done it or not, I felt clearly of course that I wasn't Napoleon.
3455
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3456=head2 v5.11.3 - Mark Twain, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
3457
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3459
4363636d 3460"Say -- I'm going in a swimming, I am. Don't you wish you could? But of
d517a16a 3461course you'd druther work -- wouldn't you? Course you would!"
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3462
3463Tom contemplated the boy a bit, and said: "What do you call work?"
3464
3465"Why ain't that work?"
3466
3467Tom resumed his whitewashing, and answered carelessly: "Well, maybe it
3468is, and maybe it aint. All I know, is, it suits Tom Sawyer."
3469
3470"Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you like it?"
3471
3472The brush continued to move. "Like it? Well I don't see why I oughtn't
3473to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?"
3474
3475That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom
3476swept his brush daintily back and forth -- stepped back to note the effect
3477-- added a touch here and there-criticised the effect again -- Ben
3478watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more
3479absorbed. Presently he said: "Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little."
3480
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3481=head2 v5.11.2 - Michael Marshall Smith, "Only Forward"
3482
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3485The streets were pretty quiet, which was nice. They're always quiet here
3486at that time: you have to be wearing a black jacket to be out on the
3487streets between seven and nine in the evening, and not many people in
3488the area have black jackets. It's just one of those things. I currently
3489live in Colour Neighbourhood, which is for people who are heavily into
3490colour. All the streets and buildings are set for instant colourmatch:
3491as you walk down the road they change hue to offset whatever you're
3492wearing. When the streets are busy it's kind of intense, and anyone
3493prone to epileptic seizures isn't allowed to live in the Neighbourhood,
3494however much they're into colour.
3495
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3497
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3500Milo had been caught red-handed in the act of plundering his countrymen,
3501and, as a result, his stock had never been higher. He proved good as his
3502word when a rawboned major from Minnesota curled his lip in rebellious
3503disavowal and demanded his share of the syndicate Milo kept saying
3504everybody owned. Milo met the challenge by writing the words "A Share"
3505on the nearest scrap of paper and handing it away with a virtuous disdain
3506that won the envy and admiration of almost everyone who knew him. His
3507glory was at a peak, and Colonel Cathcart, who knew and admired his
b10ee209 3508war record, was astonished by the deferential humility with which Milo
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3509presented himself at Group Headquarters and made his fantastic appeal
3510for more hazardous assignment.
3511
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3513
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3516Whispers of an "evil power" were heard in lines at dairy shops, in
3517streetcars, stores, arguments, kitchens, suburban and long-distance
3518trains, at stations large and small, in dachas and on beaches. Needless
3519to say, truly mature and cultured people did not tell these stories
3520about an evil power's visit to the capital. In fact, they even made fun
3521of them and tried to talk sense into those who told them. Nevertheless,
3522facts are facts, as they say, and cannot simply be dismissed without
3523explanation: somebody had visited the capital. The charred cinders of
3524Griboyedov alone, and many other things besides, confirmed it. Cultured
3525people shared the point of view of the investigating team: it was the
3526work of a gang of hypnotists and ventriloquists magnificently skilled in
3527their art.
3528
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3530
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3533'Briefly, sir, I am the Permanent Under-Secretary of State, known as
3534the Permanent Secretary. Woolley here is your Principal Private
3535Secretary. I, too, have a Principal Private Secretary, and he is the
3536Principal Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary. Directly
3537responsible to me are ten Deputy Secretaries, eighty-seven Under
3538Secretaries and two hundred and nineteen Assistant Secretaries.
3539Directly responsible to the Principal Private Secretaries are plain
3540Private Secretaries. The Prime Minister will be appointing two
3541Parliamentary Under-Secretaries and you will be appointing your own
3542Parliamentary Private Secretary.'
3543
3544'Can they all type?' I joked.
3545
3546'None of us can type, Minister,' replied Sir Humphrey smoothly. 'Mrs
3547McKay types - she is your Secretary.'
3548
3549I couldn't tell whether or not he was joking. 'What a pity,' I said.
3550'We could have opened an agency.'
3551
3552Sir Humphrey and Bernard laughed. 'Very droll, sir,' said Sir
3553Humphrey. 'Most amusing, sir,' said Bernard. Were they genuinely
3554amused at my wit, or just being rather patronising? 'I suppose they
3555all say that, do they?' I ventured.
3556
3557Sir Humphrey reassured me on that. 'Certainly not, Minister,' he
3558replied. 'Not quite all.'
3559
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3572He would often declare, in speaking his thoughts upon the subject, that
3573he did not conceive how the greatest family in England could stand it
3574out against an uninterrupted succession of six or seven short
3575noses.--And for the contrary reason, he would generally add, That it
3576must be one of the greatest problems in civil life, where the same
3577number of long and jolly noses, following one another in a direct line,
3578did not raise and hoist it up into the best vacancies in the kingdom.
3579
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3588=head2 v5.9.5 - no announcement
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3592
3593=head2 v5.9.4 - no epigraph
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3597=head2 v5.9.3 - no epigraph
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3601=head2 v5.9.2 - Thomas Pynchon, "V"
3602
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3605This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
3606gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
3607technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
3608about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
3609bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
3610paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
3611in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
3612electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
3613picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
3614to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
3615technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
3616getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
3617sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
3618it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
3619conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.
3620
3621"And that," the man said, "can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
3622that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
3623`cells' in a big `electronic brain.' "
3624
3625"Crazy," said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
3626one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
3627flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
3628everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
3629make you flip?
3630
3631=head2 v5.9.1 - Tom Stoppard, "Arcadia"
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3634
3635Aren't you supposed to have a pony?
3636
3637=head2 v5.9.0 - Doris Lessing, "Martha Quest"
3638
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3640
3641What of October, that ambiguous month
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3644
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3647Frank and I, unlike the civil servants, were still puzzled that such a
3648proposal as the Europass could even be seriously under consideration by
3649the FCO. We can both see clearly that it is wonderful ammunition for the
3650anti-Europeans. I asked Humphrey if the Foreign Office doesn't realise
3651how damaging this would be to the European ideal?
3652
3653'I'm sure they do, Minister, he said. That's why they support it.'
3654
3655This was even more puzzling, since I'd always been under the impression
3656that the FO is pro-Europe. 'Is it or isn't it?' I asked Humphrey.
3657
3658'Yes and no,' he replied of course, 'if you'll pardon the
3659expression. The Foreign Office is pro-Europe because it is really
3660anti-Europe. In fact the Civil Service was united in its desire to make
3661sure the Common Market didn't work. That's why we went into it.'
3662
3663This sounded like a riddle to me. I asked him to explain further. And
3664basically his argument was as follows: Britain has had the same foreign
3665policy objective for at least the last five hundred years - to create a
3666disunited Europe. In that cause we have fought with the Dutch against
3667the Spanish, with the Germans against the French, with the French and
3668Italians against the Germans, and with the French against the Italians
3669and Germans. [The Dutch rebellion against Phillip II of Spain, the
3670Napoleonic Wars, the First World War, and the Second World War - Ed.]
3671
3672In other words, divide and rule. And the Foreign Office can see no
3673reason to change when it has worked so well until now.
3674
3675I was aware of this, naturally, but I regarded it as ancient history.
3676Humphrey thinks that it is, in fact, current policy. It was necessary
3677for us to break up the EEC, he explained, so we had to get inside. We
3678had previously tried to break it up from the outside, but that didn't
3679work. [A reference to our futile and short-lived involvement in EFTA,
3680the European Free Trade Association, founded in 1960 and which the UK
3681left in 1972 - Ed.] Now that we're in, we are able to make a complete
3682pig's breakfast out of it. We've now set the Germans against the French,
3683the French against the Italians, the Italians against the Dutch... and
3684the Foreign office is terribly happy. It's just like old time.
3685
3686I was staggered by all of this. I thought that the all of us who are
3687publicly pro-European believed in the European ideal. I said this to Sir
3688Humphrey, and he simply chuckled.
3689
3690So I asked him: if we don't believe in the European Ideal, why are we
3691pushing to increase the membership?
3692
3693'Same reason,' came the reply. 'It's just like the United Nations. The
3694more members it has, the more arguments you can stir up, and the more
3695futile and impotent it becomes.'
3696
3697This all strikes me as the most appalling cynicism, and I said so.
3698
3699Sir Humphrey agreed completely. 'Yes Minister. We call it
3700diplomacy. It's what made Britain great, you know.'
3701
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3706There was silence in the office. I didn't know what we were going to do
3707about the four hundred new people supervising our economy drive or the
3708four hundred new people for the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office, or
3709anything! I simply sat and waited and hoped that my head would stop
3710thumping and that some idea would be suggested by someone sometime soon.
3711
3712Sir Humphrey obliged. 'Minister... if we were to end the economy drive
3713and close the Bureaucratic Watchdog Office we could issue an immediate
3714press announcement that you had axed eight hundred jobs.' He had
3715obviously thought this out carefully in advance, for at this moment he
3716produced a slim folder from under his arm. 'If you'd like to approve
3717this draft...'
3718
3719I couldn't believe the impertinence of the suggestion. Axed eight
3720hundred jobs? 'But no one was ever doing these jobs,' I pointed out
3721incredulously. 'No one's been appointed yet.'
3722
3723'Even greater economy,' he replied instantly. 'We've saved eight hundred
3724redundancy payments as well.'
3725
3726'But...' I attempted to explain '... that's just phony. It's dishonest,
3727it's juggling with figures, it's pulling the wool over people's eyes.'
3728
3729'A government press release, in fact.' said Humphrey.
3730
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3735A jumbo jet touched down, with BURANDAN AIRWAYS written on the side. I
3736was hugely impressed. British Airways are having to pawn their Concordes,
3737and here is this little tiny African state with its own airline, jumbo
3738jets and all.
3739
3740I asked Bernard how many planes Burandan Airways had. 'None,' he said.
3741
3742I told him not to be silly and use his eyes. 'No Minister, it belongs to
3743Freddie Laker,' he said. 'They chartered it last week and repainted it
3744specially.' Apparently most of the Have-Nots (I mean, LDCs) do this - at
3745the opening of the UN General Assembly the runways of Kennedy Airport are
3746jam-packed with phoney flag-carriers. 'In fact,' said Bernard with a sly
3747grin, 'there was one 747 that belonged to nine different African airlines
3748in a month. They called it the mumbo-jumbo.'
3749
3750While we watched nothing much happening on the TV except the mumbo-jumbo
3751taxiing around Prestwick and the Queen looking a bit chilly, Bernard gave
3752me the next day's schedule and explained that I was booked on the night
3753sleeper from King's Cross to Edinburgh because I had to vote in a
3754three-line whip at the House tonight and would have to miss the last
3755plane. Then the commentator, in that special hushed BBC voice used for any
3756occasion with which Royalty is connected, announced reverentially that we
3757were about to catch our first glimpse of President Selim.
3758
3759And out of the plane stepped Charlie. My old friend Charlie Umtali. We
3760were at LSE together. Not Selim Mohammed at all, but Charlie.
3761
3762Bernard asked me if I were sure. Silly question. How could you forget a
3763name like Charlie Umtali?
3764
3765I sent Bernard for Sir Humphrey, who was delighted to hear that we now
3766know something about our official visitor.
3767
3768Bernard's official brief said nothing. Amazing! Amazing how little the FCO
3769has been able to find out. Perhaps they were hoping it would all be on the
3770car radio. All the brief says is that Colonel Selim Mohammed had converted
3771to Islam some years ago, they didn't know his original name, and therefore
3772knew little of his background.
3773
3774I was able to tell Humphrey and Bernard /all/ about his background.
3775Charlie was a red-hot political economist, I informed them. Got the top
3776first. Wiped the floor with everyone.
3777
3778Bernard seemed relieved. 'Well that's all right then.'
3779
3780'Why?' I enquired.
3781
3782'I think Bernard means,' said Sir Humphrey helpfully, 'that he'll know how
3783to behave if he was at an English University. Even if it was the LSE.' I
3784never know whether or not Humphrey is insulting me intentionally.
3785
3786Humphrey was concerned about Charlie's political colour. 'When you said
3787that he was red-hot, were you speaking politically?'
3788
3789In a way I was. 'The thing about Charlie is that you never quite know
3790where you are with him. He's the sort of chap who follows you into a
3791revolving door and comes out in front.'
3792
3793'No deeply held convictions?' asked Sir Humphrey.
3794
3795'No. The only thing Charlie was committed too was Charlie.'
3796
3797'Ah, I see. A politician, Minister.'
3798
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3799=head2 v5.8.8 - Joe Raposo, "Bein' Green"
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3803 It's not that easy bein' green
3804 Having to spend each day the color of the leaves
3805 When I think it could be nicer being red or yellow or gold
3806 Or something much more colorful like that
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3808 It's not easy bein' green
3809 It seems you blend in with so many other ordinary things
3810 And people tend to pass you over 'cause you're
3811 Not standing out like flashy sparkles in the water
3812 Or stars in the sky
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3814 But green's the color of Spring
3815 And green can be cool and friendly-like
3816 And green can be big like an ocean
3817 Or important like a mountain
3818 Or tall like a tree
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3820 When green is all there is to be
3821 It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why?
3822 Wonder I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
3823 And I think it's what I want to be
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3826
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4ed12d4a 3829 Greenback: And the world is mine, all mine. Muhahahahaha. See to it!
51caa79e 3830
4ed12d4a 3831 Stiletto: Si, Barone. Subito, Barone.
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3833=head2 v5.8.7 - Sergei Prokofiev, "Peter and the Wolf"
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3837And now, imagine the triumphant procession: Peter at the head; after him the
3838hunters leading the wolf; and winding up the procession, grandfather and the
3839cat.
3840
3841Grandfather shook his head discontentedly: "Well, and if Peter hadn't caught
51caa79e 3842the wolf? What then?"
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3845
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3848And now this is how things stood: The cat was sitting on one branch. The
3849bird on another, not too close to the cat. And the wolf walked round and
3850round the tree, looking at them with greedy eyes.
3851
3852In the meantime, Peter, without the slightest fear, stood behind the
3853gate, watching all that was going on. He ran home,got a strong rope and
3854climbed up the high stone wall.
3855
3856One of the branches of the tree, around which the wolf was walking,
3857stretched out over the wall.
3858
3859Grabbing hold of the branch, Peter lightly climbed over on to the tree.
3860Peter said to the bird: "Fly down and circle round the wolf's head, only
3861take care that he doesn't catch you!".
3862
3863The bird almost touched the wolf's head with its wings, while the wolf
3864snapped angrily at him from this side and that.
3865
3866How that bird teased the wolf, how that wolf wanted to catch him! But
51caa79e 3867the bird was clever and the wolf simply couldn't do anything about it.
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4363636d 3873"Hallo, Pooh," said Piglet, giving a jump of surprise. "I knew it was
51caa79e 3874you."
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51caa79e 3876"So did I,", said Pooh. "What are you doing?"
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3877
3878"I'm planting a haycorn, Pooh, so that it can grow up into an oak-tree,
3879and have lots of haycorns just outside the front door instead of having
51caa79e 3880to walk miles and miles, do you see, Pooh?"
4363636d 3881
51caa79e 3882"Supposing it doesn't?" said Pooh.