Bowing down in blind credulity, as is my custom, before mere authority and the tradition of the elders, superstitiously swallowing a story I could not test at the time by experiment or private judgment, I am firmly of opinion that I was born on the 29th of May, 1874, on Campden Hill, Kensington; and baptised according to the formularies of the Church of England in the little church of St.George opposite the large Waterworks Tower that dominated that ridge.
It was his job, when it was necessary, to speak plainly to the king and to tell him the blunt truth. In Shakespeare's time, the Advent season was penitential, and the Christmas celebrating only began on December 25th.
In "Twelfth Night", behind all the humor, both the jester and the play tell a truth that is at once happy and sad. "Twelfth Night" is January 5-6, the twelfth night after Christmas; you know the song about the twelve days.
These sensitive reflections are instructive not only to Christians but also, in certain ways, very interesting to Jews, as we can learn a great deal when we see ourselves through an outsider’s insightful eyes.
One such appreciation was written by Maria Johnson, a Catholic theologian at the University of Scranton.
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In keeping with the theme of "pursuit of happiness", this was my July 4, 2003 holiday project.
Unlike my other pages on Shakespeare, there is no "mature" content here.
It is a wildly improbable, hugely entertaining fantasy.
Shakespeare's comedy, "Twelfth Night", shares much with our era's "Harry Potter" and "Forrest Gump".
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