A potential genius

Post date: Dec 27, 2016 9:19:2 AM

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