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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

MEMOIBS 03? JOSEPH GEIMALDI.

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in the habit of making from similar premises. The discovery
was not unattended by many misgivings. The great difference
of station, then existing between them, appeared to interpose an
almost insurmountable obstacle in the way of their marriage;
and, further, he had no reason to suppose that the young lady
entertained for him any other sentiments than those with which
she might be naturally disposed to regard the son of a Mend
whom she had known so long. These considerations rendered
him as unhappy as the most passionate lover could desire to be;
he ate little, drank little, slept less, lost his spirits; and, in
short, exhibited a great variety of symptoms sufficiently dan-
gerous in any case, but particularly so in one, where the patient
had mainly to depend xipon the preservation of his powers of
fun and comicality for a distant chance of the fulfilment of his
hopes.a sweetheart."