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The great Shakespearian actor, Sir Laurence Olivier, reached the peak of his career playing King Lear. After a phenomenal performance, the audience gave him a standing ovation that went on for more than half an hour. Sir Laurence took his bows again and again, left the stage, went to his dressing room, slammed the door and wouldn't come out.

The stage manager said through the door, "Sir Laurence, you don't understand. You did wonderfully! They're still out there applauding, forty minutes after the curtain went down!"

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