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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

MEMOIRS 03? JOSEPH GUIMALDI.                         45

Miss Hughes had nodded and smiled to Joseph Grimaldi, hut
it threw him into a state of confusion and agitation which at
once deprived him of all consciousness of what he was about.
He never heard that he did not finish the scene in which he was
engaged at the moment, and he always supposed, in consequence,
that he did so : but how, or in what manner, he never could
imagine, not having the slightest recollection of anything that
passed.

It is singular enough that throughout the whole of Grimaldi's
existence, which was a chequered one enough, even at those
years when other children are kept in the cradle or the nursery,
there always seemed some odd connexion between his good and
bad fortune; no great pleasure appeared to come to him un-
accompanied by some accident or mischance : he mentions the
fact more than once, and lays great stress upon it.

On this very night, a heavy platform, on which ten men were
standing, broke down, and fell upon him as he stood underneath;
a severe contusion of the shoulder was the cqnsequence, and he
was carried home immediately. Remedies were applied without
loss of time, but he suffered intense pain all night; it gradually
abated towards morning, in consequence of the inestimable
virtues of a certain embrocation, which he always kept ready in
case of such accidents, and which was prepared from a recipe
left him by his father, which; having performed a great many
cures, he afterwards gave to one Mr. Chamberlaine, a surgeon
of Clerkenwell, who christened it, in acknowledgment, " Gri-
maldi's Embrocation," and used it in his general practice some
years with perfect success. Before he was carried from the
theatre, however, he had had the presence of mind to beg
Mrs. Lewis to be called to him, and to request her to com-
municate the nature of the accident to Miss Hughes (who
had quitted the box before it occurred) as cautiously as she
could. This, Mrs. Lewis, who appears to have been admirably
qualified for the task in which she was engaged, and to pos^e ofater variety than any other