Stories about 'Abdu'l-Bahá

‘Abdu’l-Bahá said kind words to household servants and shook hands

Agnes Parsons' Diary
August 14, 1912
Dublin, NH

The Chauts saw ‘Abdu’l-Bahá early this morning. Miss Caldwell offered to send her car to take us to her house to lunch. It came here first, then I stopped at the Hotel Wilcox for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and Dr. Fareed. Mr. and Mrs. Allston and their child were with Him on the veranda, and there was a hotel bill to pay, so we were late in reaching Miss Caldwell’s house.

At luncheon there were only Miss Caldwell, Miss Aldrich and Miss Tronfs. The luncheon was very pleasant, after which ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spoke in a particularly interesting way of certain pagan customs which crept into the Christian Church worship. They said their servants were all at the Church on Sunday and that the cook particularly wanted to know if she might come near after the luncheon and listen to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. After the rest which He took directly after luncheon, we went on the terrace where, hidden by a tree, the cook sat. A little later He asked for the servants to come that He might speak to them, which He did very beautifully, shaking hands with all four of them.