At a rehearsal


At one time J.M. Barrie attended a rehearsal accompanied by a friend, at which a lively discussion arose between two of the actresses as to the possession of the center of the stage during a certain scene. While the manager poured oil upon the troubled waters, Barrie sat carelessly swinging his feet from the rail of an adjoining box. Finally the friend, who was an exceedingly temperamental fellow, could stand it no longer.

"Good Lord, Barrie!" he exclaimed earnestly, "this will ruin your play! Why don't you settle matters yourself? You could if you only would". Barrie shook his head gravely, but with a merry twinkle in his eye. "No," he replied, "the Lord made only one man who could ever manage the sun, the moon, and you remember even he let the stars alone".

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