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Wednesday, June 18

Ah, the sweet aroma of my mistress

Came the time when the great actor could no longer remember his lines. It is with great relief that he finds a director prepared to give him one final chance to shine. "This is the most important part," explains the director, "and it has only one line. At the very beginning of the play, you walk on to the stage carrying a rose. You hold the rose to your nose with just one finger and thumb, sniff the rose deeply, and then speak the line, 'Ah, the sweet aroma of my mistress.'"

The actor is thrilled. During the entire rehearsal time and all day before the play opens, he is practicing his line over and over again. Finally, the time came, the curtain went up, and the actor walked onto the stage. With great passion he delivered his single line, "Ah, the sweet aroma of my mistress."

The theatre erupted. The audience was screaming with laughter, but the director was furious! "You bloody fool!" he cried. "You have ruined me!"

The actor was bewildered. "What happened, did I forget my line?"

"No!" screamed the director. "You forgot the rose!"


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