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A potential genius

posted 27 Dec 2016, 01:19 by Sandra Kirby   [ updated 27 Dec 2016, 01:20 ]
As one does on a lazy holiday I was doing quiz today.    This question  stumped me " To what was Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree referring when he said " It adds terror to life and makes death a long-felt want". 
Now apart from never having heard of a person with such a wonderful name ( Maria and Tim should Honeysuckle turn out to be a boy Herbert Beerbohm Tree Johnston is quite a name) the choices for answer were motorcar; cigarettes or the gramaphone.  
I got it wrong 
I have had to find out about the man behind the wonderful name - British actor and theatre manager at end of 19th century (he died in 1912); a contemporary of Oscar Wilde - who is reported to have described my new friend Herbie as "A charming fellow, and so clever: he models himself on me"
He appears to have had a way with words - like this quote " He is an old bore. Even his grave yawns for him" and " Everyone is a potential genius until he does something". 

And btw answer is gramaphone