Stories about 'Abdu'l-Bahá

Juliet: June 10 – The actor playing “the Servant” in The Servant in the House: Christ meets ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

The Diary of Juliet Thompson
June 10, 1912
New York, NY

[While ‘Abdu’l-Bahá was anointing a few believers with attar of rose in a park] … we saw Miss Buckton crossing the street toward us, bringing with her a tall young man with a remarkable face, very pure and serene, which seemed somehow familiar to me. The Master abruptly left us and met the two in the middle of the Drive. Then I saw Him open His arms wide and clasp the young man to His breast.

We all followed the Master to His house, where the young man was introduced to me, and then I knew why his face had seemed familiar. He was Walter Hempden. I had seen him in the theatre. I was in the audience, he on the stage playing the part of “the Servant” in The Servant in the House: Christ. And he played it so intensely, with such spiritual fervour, that I prayed with all my heart, there in the audience, that he might some day meet the real “Servant!”[After this, Walter Hampton came to the Master every day—he never missed a day—till our Lord went to Dublin, New Hampshire]