There was once a great actor who could no longer
remember his lines. After many years he finds a theatre where they are
prepared to give him a chance to shine again.
The director says, "This is the most important part, and it
has only one line. You walk on to the stage at the opening
carrying a rose. You hold the rose to your nose with just one finger and
thumb, sniff the rose deeply and then say the line 'Ah, the sweet aroma of my
The actor is thrilled. All day long before the play, he's
practicing his line over and over again. Finally, the time
comes. The curtain goes up, the actor walks onto the stage, and with great
passion delivers the line, "Ah, the sweet aroma of my mistress."
The theatre erupts. The audience is screaming with laughter, but the director
"You bloody fool!" he cries. "You have ruined me!"
The actor is bewildered, "What happened, did I forget my line?"
"No!" screams the director. "You forgot the rose!"