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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Both Worlds

  1. FADE IN.

  2. Act 1


  4. Looking out of the window, PETER sees the cloudy sky.

  5. PETER (V.O.): There might be thunderstorms. Perhaps, I'd only swim at night. My wealth manager may engage me today too.

  6. Peter picks up his new mobile which has been fully charged.

  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Let me fix my new mobile and make make friendly to me.

  8. Peter taps on the phone screen.

  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I don't even know how to rearrange the icons and delete some apps.

  10. Pausing.

  11. PETER (V.O.): Where has the Bluetooth gone? The different systems are like two separate worlds.

  12. Act 2


  14. Taping an icon on the phone screen, Peter listens to a radio program.

  15. PETER (V.O.): Over 30 years ago, I was the Secretary to the Hong Kong Philosophy Society. The program's DJ joined our intellectual exchanges regularly.

  16. Listening.

  17. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In this 2014 recorded program, she invited a guest to talk about English Literature.

  18. Listening attentively.

  19. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I studied D H Lawrence's Sons and Lovers in my matriculation days. It should be interesting to hear their literary and philosophical views.

  20. .

  21. Peter looks indifferent.

  22. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd):The same observations as I had decades ago.

  23. Thinking.

  24. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Literature is the expression of emotions through literary fiction. Philosophy is the investigation of truth through logical analysis of facts.

  25. Thinking.

  26. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Literature arouses our emotions; but it can't satisfy our quest for knowledge.

  27. Reflecting.

  28. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): The literary messages aren't neat and tidy. That's why I turned to Philosophy for concise and precise answers.

  29. Peter researches with his new phone.

  30. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I spent a lot of time studying the author's "Sons and Lovers".

  31. I've just learned that the work's original title was "Paul Morel"; and about 100 pages were removed from the original manuscripts.

  32. Reading.

  33. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Judging from the written review and the radio program that I've just heard, I haven't missed anything substantial.

  34. Peter then taps an app icon on the phone screen. We hear oldies.

  35. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, I don't know there's such a radio app, disseminating oldies 7/24. Let me install the app in my other old phones.

  36. Peter taps on the phone screens a couple of times.

  37. PETER (V.O.)(Cont'd): It seems that radio apps aren't that readily available in my old phone's system.

  38. Peter sees an incoming phone message.

  39. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Good, it's my wealth manager.

  40. Turning on his laptop, Peter is glued to the screen. He fills in the boxes with some numbers, checking them and clicking other boxes before hitting: Confirm.

  41. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Done! Getting some interest from idle money should make my little world go round.

  42. Pausing.

  43. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I should refocus on my health. Going somewhere is better than staying in the study all day.


  45. A. Peter enjoys afternoon tea in a restaurant.

  46. .B. Peters stands inside a MTR train with vacant seats.

  47. C Inside his Chambers, Peter chats with COLLEAGUES and SECRETARIES.

  48. D. Inside a mall, Peter takes photos with his new phone and seems impressed with the images.

  49. E. Peter walks past an off-course betting centre and wants to do something with his new phone.


  51. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): Oh, I reckon the system of my new phone doesn't allow downloading of betting apps.

  52. Pausing.

  53. PETER (V.O.): Is sport-betting a sport in itself? Both sports and betting require consideration (in money or in kind), chance (whether controllable or not), and prizes (medals, money or similar)!

  54. Act 3


  56. Peter checks phone messages.

  57. PETER (V.O.): People want to gather together. For those vaccinated ones, they're more equal than the others when eating out.

  58. Pausing.

  59. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I'm expressing my emotions like in literature, not reasonably as in law or in philosophy.

  60. Pausing.

  61. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In us, there're worlds - one is measured by wealth and rule, and the other, by warmth and heart.

  62. Pausing.

  63. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): It's the best to have both worlds.

  64. Looking down from the window, Peter sees the closed swimming pool.

  65. FADE OUT.

  66. THE END

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