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【明報專訊】Dr Panda has been reading very quietly in his study (書房) for hours. MoMo and Bill are very curious.
“ Dr Panda: I love Twelfth Night... ”
“ MoMo: So you are a devout Christian? ”
“ Dr Panda: Nope, I didn't mean the festival... ”
“ Bill: So you are a rock fanatic? ”
“ Dr Panda: Nope, I wasn't talking about the band... ”
“ Dr Panda: I'm just a fan of Shakespeare. Stop making wild guesses! ”
Twelfth night originally refers to the night before Epiphany (主顯節). It is the twelfth night after Christmas, often on 5 or 6 January. People celebrate by drinking a hot cider (蘋果酒) called wassail and eating a pastry (油酥糕點) named Kings' ring. Shakespeare (莎士比亞) also wrote a comedy titled Twelfth Night. It is a story between Viola, a girl who disguises herself as a man, Olivia, who is in love with Viola and the Duke, who has been pursuing Olivia. A rock band from England is also called Twelfth Night. Its famous pieces include Fact and Fiction and Love Song.
■English highway﹕wild guess
A wild guess is a speculation that is not based on evidence.
e.g. The media always make wild guesses about what would happen.
devout (adj) 虔誠的
fanatic (n) 狂熱分子
disguise (v) 假扮
speculation (n) 猜測
[Smarties' Power English 第203期]