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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

82                    MEiroras OF JOSEPH GBIMALDI.

At the time of his death he had many excellent models of this
description, besides several which he sold to Mr. Bunn so re-
cently as a few months prior to December, 1836, all of which
/|              were used in the pantomime of " Harlequin and Gammer Grur-

jl              ton," produced at Drury Lane on the 26th of that month.   He

',%              rarely allowed any machinery which came under his notice,

If              especially if a little peculiar, to pass without modelling it upon

f '              a small scale.,  He had a complete model of the skeleton " busi-

ness" in Blue Beard; and not merely that, but an improvement
of his own besides, by which the intricate nature of the change
might be avoided, and many useless flaps dispensed with.

Nervously anxious to elevate himself as much as possible in
the opinion of Mr. Hughes at this particular jxmcture, he
eagerly explained to him the nature of his alterations, as far as
the models were concerned, and plainly perceived he was agree-
ably surprised at the communication. He begged his acceptance
of models, both of the original mechanism, and of his own
improved version of it; and Mr. Hughes, in reply, invited him
to breakfast on the following morning, and requested Mm to
bring both models with him. TMs he failed not to do. It hap-
pened that a rather ludicrous scene, awaited Mm.

He had one 0| two enemies connected at that time with
Sadler's "Wells, who allowed their professional envy to impel
them to divers acts of small malignity. One of these persons,
having been told of Ms saluting Miss Hughes, by a servant girl
with whom he chanced to be acquainted, and who had witnessed
•fiie action, sought and obtained an interview, that evening with
the father upon Ms; return from Drury Lane, and stated the
circumstance to him, enlarging and embellishing the details with,
divers comments upon the-ingratitude of Gfrimaldi in seducing
$» affections of a young lady so much above Mm, and making
various wise and touching reflections most in vogue on such
occasions.
Mr. Hughes heard all tMs with a calmness wMch first of allel was occupied by the mother and sister of Charles