‘Abdu’l-Bahá at the Dublin Inn in New Hampshire
“Dublin is a beautiful mountain Summer resort where gathers each year a colony of wealthy intellectuals from Washington, D. C. and from various large centers. … Picture, if you can, this Oriental [i.e., ‘Abdu’l-Bahá], fresh from more than fifty years of exile and prison life, suddenly placed in an environment presenting the proudest culture of the Western world. Nothing in His life, one would reasonably presume, had offered a preparation for such a contact. Not to His youth had been given years of academic and scholastic training. Not to His young manhood had been supplied those subtle associations during His formative years. Not upon His advancing age had been bestowed the comforts and leisure which invite the mind’s expanse. Quite the contrary, as I have endeavored to portray, His life had been a constant submission to every form of hardship and deprivation, when considered from a material standpoint alone. Dungeons and chains had been His lot. Torture not seldom; confinement in the stocks, or any indignity which heartless jailers might design, His portion. .. How, then, can it be explained that in this environment He not only mingled with these highest products of wealth and culture with no slightest embarrassment to them or to Him, but He literally outshone them in their chosen field. No matter what subject was brought up He was perfectly at home in its discussion, yet always with an undercurrent of modesty and loving consideration for the opinions of others.” -Agnes Parson’s Diary, 69.