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1. Whirligig in this context meansA. annoying.2. Easter is a moveable because
B. continuously in motion.
D. inconsiderate.A. it is a happy festival.3. A page is
B. people make sure to attend a service.
C. its date changes from year to year.
D. it is not always on Sunday.A. a servant at a meal.4. Shrove Tuesday is
B. a valet.
C. a porter.
D. a boy employed to run errands.A. Mardi Gras.This is the third in a series. The other two are at feb52009.htm and feb262009.htm.
B. Ash Wednesday.
C. Good Friday.
Previously: The OLD YEAR being dead, and the NEW YEAR coming of age, wh: he does by Calendar Law, as soon as the breath is out of the old gentleman's body, nothing would serve the young spark but that he must give a dinner upon the occasion, to wh: all the Days in the year were invited. The Festivals, whom he deputed as his stewards, were mightily taken with the notion. They had been engaged time out of mind, they said, in providing mirth and good cheer for mortals below, and it was time they should have a taste of their own bounty. It was stiffly debated among them whether the Fasts should be admitted. Some said, the appearance of such lean, starved guests, with their mortified faces, would pervert the ends of the meeting. But the objection was overruled by Christmas Day, who had a design upon Ash Wednesday (as you shall hear) and a mighty desire to see how the old Domine would behave himself in his cups. Only the VIGILS [that is, the Vigils only, no others] were requested to come with their lanterns to light the gentlefolks home at night. All the Days came to their day. Covers were provided for three hundred and sixty-five guests at the principal table, with an occasional knife and fork at the side-board for the Twenty-Ninth of February.
Currently: I should have told you that cards of invitation had been issued. The carriers were THE HOURS, twelve little, merry whirligig foot-pages as you should desire to see that went all round and found out the persons invited well enough with the exception of Easter Day, Shrove Tuesday, and a few such Moveables, who had lately shifted their quarters.
The information comes from a Project Gutenberg eBook (free download of html zip file - Charles Lamb's A Masque of Days  ).
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Answer Key: 1-B..........2-C..........3-D..........4-A
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