The Diary of Juliet Thompson
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 in 1956.
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.