Behind the Scenes with Edwin Booth

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CHAPTER XXXII
CEDARS OF LEBANON SEEDS

WHEN Mr. Booth said he was hungry, his manager asked if after lunch a drive would be the thing, or would he rest.

'Let us drive a long distance that we may return in the sunset. When I am acting, I am shut up in a dark room while the sun is setting.'

I do not remember how the order of our going fell on these days. We were in and out of stages. We drove to the Seal Rocks; we drove through the Forest of the Cedars of Lebanon. The solitude everywhere, Mr. Booth said, made him feel as if he were dreaming of some exquisite, slowly fading beauty -- too delicately intangible to remember it when he woke up -- at theatre time.

Our driver (when we made use of the stage) kept on tap a supply of information. There had been a young lady whom he had driven, only the week before the fire, over this very route, and, although she had insisted upon the front seat, she had not raised her eyes from the pages of a novel the entire way. Mr. Booth's interest did much to comfort the poor man.

The driver also told us what might have been a legend -- but he said it was true -- that the cedars had in some mysterious way drifted over the Pacific Ocean and taken root on this far side of the earth. Fact or fancy, a flame kindled in Mr. Booth's eyes. He was fascinated with the

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