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1. Twelfth Day isA. the 12th day after Christmas (Epiphany).2. The Latin/Greek origin of epiphany (also epiphanous) meant
B. the 12th day before Christmas.
C. the 12th day of January.
D. the twelfth day of Lent.A. an accident.3. Lady Day is
B. an appearance.
C. a festival.
D. a message.A. a celebration of aristocrats.4. Twelfth Day outshone Lady Day because she was
C. March 25, commemorating an angel's announcement to the Virgin Mary of the coming birth of Christ.
D. Mary Magdalene's day.A. aloof.This is the fourth in a series. The other three are at feb52009.htm and feb262009.htm and mar102009.htm.
C. well met.
D. royal and epiphanous.
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. 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.
Currently: Well, they all met at last, foul Days, fine Days, all sorts of Days, and a rare din they made of it. There was nothing but Hail! fellow Day, Well met, brother Day, sister Day. Only LADY DAY kept a little aloof and seemed somewhat scornful. Yet some said TWELFTH DAY cut her out and out, for she came in a Tiffany suit, white and gold, like a queen on a frost-cake, all royal glittering and epiphanous.
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-A..........2-B..........3-C..........4-D
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