There was once a great actor who had been in the acting profession for a number of years. However, he had a problem, he had become a forgetful actor and could no longer remember his lines. As a result, he fell out of favour with the theatre management and struggled to find any work.
Finally, after years of unsuccessfully looking for work, he finds a theater where they are prepared to give him a chance to shine again.
The theatre director says to him, “This is the most important part, and it has only one line. You must walk on to the stage carrying a rose, you must hold the rose with just one finger and your thumb, sniff the rose deeply and then say the line, ‘Ah, the sweet aroma of my mistress.'”
The actor is thrilled at being given this opportunity, and vows to himself that he will remember the line at all costs.
All day long before the play he is practicing his line over and over again, until he has it remembered absolutely perfect.
Finally the time came for the play to begin.
The curtain went up, the actor walked onto the stage, and with great passion delivered the line; “Ah, the sweet aroma of my mistress.”
The theatre erupted, the audience was screaming with laughter and the director was steaming! “You fool!” he cried, “You have ruined me!”
The actor was bewildered, “What happened? Did I forget my line?” he asked.
“No, you idiot!” the director screamed, “You forgot the rose!”