Frodo: My dear Sam, what is our next destination?
Sam: It’s the National Palace Museum, Mr. Frodo.
Frodo: Yes, I know that, too. But where on earth is it? The first time you told me about it was a month ago, and still we haven’t reached it yet! Are you sure we are on the right way?
Sam: Don’t you worry, Mr. Frodo. I am sure we are almost there. Very soon we will see the museum. It has three main buildings in elegant pale yellow and white bricks, and green-glazed roofs, too. It looks just like a traditional Chinese palace!
Frodo: But why are we going there?
Sam: It just reopened recently, after a three-year renovation that cost US$ 21 million. Can you believe that?
Frodo: I don’t like museums. They are for old people.
Sam: No, the Palace Museum is brand new after the overhaul. It’s meant to woo the young and trendy. Actually, the revamped museum has reopened under the slogan “old is new.” It’s determined to shed its staid image.
Frodo: Alright then, what can I expect to see in this “all is new” museum?
Sam: The Chinese collection there is unrivaled. It represents the finest of Chinese art.
Frodo: Wait a minute, I remember now. It has a painting called “Travelers among Mountains and Streams, by someone from the Northern Sung Dynasty, right?
Sam: Yes, it’s one of the three most precious ones in the Palace Museum.
Frodo: Ah, my precious!
Sam: Excuse me, Mr. Frodo. It seems that you have the wrong lines. “My precious!” should be Gollum’s lines.
Frodo: Did I? Guess I was beside myself upon knowing that I have a chance to see that famous painting. Let’s hurry to the museum.
Sam: Sorry, Mr. Frodo. The precious painting you would like to see belongs to the A file of the “Grand View” exhibition. But it’s the B file that is currently on display. Sorry, I wish we had walked faster.
Frodo: Well then, what else can I see there?
Sam: There is a special exhibition called “Treasure of the World’s Cultures: The British Museum after 250 Years.”
Frodo: What’s so special about that?
Sam: It shows the “Unlucky Mummy.” The curse of the mummy killed so many people that the watchmen at the British Museum refused to go near it. Sounds creepy, doesn’t it? Don’t you think so?
Frodo: Not at all. Haven’t you forgotten what I am carrying with me? It’s the RING! I can’t think of anything unluckier.
Sam: Oh, right! Exactly! You are surely the right person to see the mummy.
Frodo: Why is that?
Sam: Don’t you get it? With the ring, the curse on you surpasses whatever curse the mummy can bring on you. So you can feel extremely comfortable visiting the mummy.
Frodo: Oh, I can’t wait.