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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

88                          MEMOIES OE1 JOSEPH &BIMALDI.

man—and especially a feeling, sensitive man, as Grrimaldi
really was—for premature old age and early decay.

He awoke at eleven o'clock next day invigorated and re-
freshed ;—this long rest was an extraordinary indulgence for
Mm to take, for it was Ms constant habit to be up and dressed
by seven o'clock or earlier, either attending to his pigeons,
practising the violin, occupying himself in constructing such,
little models as have been before mentioned, or employing him-
self in some way. Idleness wearied Mm more than labour; he
never could understand the gratification wMch many people
seem to derive from having nothing to do.

It is customary on the morning after a new piece to " call" it
upon the stage with a view of condensing it where it will admit
of condensation, and making such improvements as the expe-
rience of one night may have suggested. AH the performers
engaged in the piece of course attend these " calls," as any
alterations will necessarily affect the dialogue of their parts, or
some portions of the stage business connected with them.

Being one of the principal actors in the new drama, it was
indispensably necessary that he should attend, and accordingly,
much, mortified at finding it so late, he dressed with all possible
despatch, and set forth towards the theatre. Principal characters by Mr. King, Mr. Grimaldi,