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40                         MEMOIRS OJF JOSEPH GEIMALDI.


1794 to 1797.

arimaldi Ma in love—His sncoeaa—He meets -with, an accident, which brings
the Beader acquainted -with, that invaluable specific, " Grimaldi's Embro-
cation"—He rises gradually in his Profession—The Pentonville Gang of

IT is scarcely to he supposed that such a sudden and complete
change in the merry genius of the theatre could escape the
observation of those around him, far less of his mother, who, as
he had heen her constant and "affectionate companion, observed
him with anxious solicitude. Yarious hints and soundings, and
indirect inquiries, were the consequence, but they were far from
eliciting the truth; he was ill, fatigued by constant exertion in
difficult parts, and that was all that his friends could gather

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There was another circumstance which puzzled the lady
mother more than all. This was, that he never visited the
dressing-room, whither he had been accustomed regularly to
resort; and that he either took tea before he went to the theatre,
or not at all. Tie truth was, that he was quite unable to
endure tiie faoetiousness of the ladies in the presence of Miss
Hughes; -the more so, because he fancied that his annoyance
seemed to afford that young lady considerable amusement; and
rather than find this the case, he determined to relinquish the
pleasure of her society.

So matters stood for some weeks, when one night, having
oceasion during the performances to repair to the wardrobe for
some articles of dress, he hastily entered, and instead of dis-hould be disposed to