By Juliet Thompson, preface by Marzieh Gail
This diary is a love story. It is the day by day account which
Juliet Thompson, one of the early Bahá'ís of New York,
kept of her many hours with 'Abdu'l-Bahá--first on pilgrimage
to "Akká in 1909, then in Europe in 1911, and finally
in America in 1912.
"Juliet is one of my favorites," 'Abdu'l-Bahá
had said. His fatherly love for her--encouraging, comforting, guiding,
warning, sometimes even chastizing--is recorded, page by page. Juliet's
intense, yearning, tear-soaked love for 'Abdu'l-Bahá is also
vividly kept here. To this divine love she devoted her life, becoming
an immortal teacher of the Cause, serving faithfully until her death
Then there was her human love for Percy Grant--the headstrong,
radical and controversial clergyman to whom she had given her heart.
That story is here, too. His love for Juliet and his sympathy for
the Bahá'í teachings (once briefly turned into fierce
opposition) could never quite lead him to give up his pulpit--or
his other women. 'Abdu'l-Bahá had warned her against him,
and she obeyed, but she continued to love.
So did he. They both died unmarried.
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