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BEGIN TO LIVE WHEN DARKNESS FALLS,
SAYS THEDA BARA
BY THEDA BARA
Written Especially for The Day Book
"An' the goblins will git you
If you don't watch out"
A dear little girl who was with me
in one of my earlier pictures, came
in to my dressing room at the studios
one day when I was resting after a
trying scene. My eyes were closed.
"Miss Bara, dear, I love you," she
I came to with a start
Rest between scenes is absolutely
essential to me. But this sweet little
baby who had escaped all restraining
hands to tell me she loved me was so
mother was searching for her. I call
ed to my maid to let her come in.
The mother started to lift my little
visitor from the couch.
"Tell me," J said "why this child is
so frightened when I mention fairies?
Has some one threatened her?"
The mother told me the first little
poem this child memorized was the
famous one about "The Goblins" and
that goblins and fairies meant the
same to her.
When they had gone I brought
irresistible, I pulled her up on the
couch and snuggled her.
"I tell you what let's do," I whis
pered. "You and I will be very still
so no one will know where we are.
And, maybe, if we are still enough,
little fairies might pop out and take
us off to dreamland."
The child was imaginative and high
strung. She shrank close to me and
her breath came in short convulsive
There was a sudden, excited scuf
back to mind the years of my own
childhood. In this great universal
panic of children, I had never been a
participant. The dark held no ter
rors for me. I loved it I love it
now. I begin to live when the dark
Often before I was fourteen, I
would wait until everyone in the
house was asleep. Then I would
slip from my room into the night
I felt as though the shadows were
bathing me. The dark was a great
fling, of feetjiLthe-hall-oi