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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

104                      M3MOIKS OF JOSEPH GEIMALDI.

from the chaise window; which he no sooner beheld, than all at
once he pulled np with a jerk which almost brought him into a
ditch, and threw the horse upon his haunches. His red face
grew very pale, but he had the presence of mind to pat his beast
on the neck and soothe him in various ways, keeping his eyes
fixed on the chaise all the time and looking- greatly astonished.
After a minute or so, he recovered himself, and, giving his horse
the spur, and a smart cut in the flank with Hs riding-whip,
dashed across the road, with the view of passing the chaise on
the opposite side. The probability of this attempt had been fore-
seen, however, by the other party, for with great agility he
transferred himself to the other window, and, thrusting out the
pistol with the same fierce and sanguinary countenance as before,
again encountered the farmer's gaze; upon which he pulled up,
with the same puzzled and frightened expression of counte-
nance, and stared till his eyes seemed double their natural
size.

The scene became intensely droll. The countryman's horse
stood stock still; but as the chaise rolled on, he gradually
sufferedhim to fall into a gentle trot, and, with an appearance of
deep perplexity, was evidently taking council with himself how
to act. Grimaldi had laughed in a corner till he was quite ex-
hausted, and seeing his guinea was fairly lost, determined to aid
the joke. With this view, he looked out of the vacant window,
and,, assuming an authoritative look, nodded confidentially to
the horseman, and waved his hand as if warning him not to
oome too near. This caution the countryman received with
much apparent earnestness, frequently nodding and waving his
hand after the same manner, accompanying the pantomime with
divers significant winks, to intimate that he understood the
gentleman was insane, and that he had accidentally obtained pos-
session of the dangerous weapon. Grimaldi humoured the notion
of Ms being the keeper, occasionally withdrawing his head from,
the window to indulge in peals of laughter. The friend, batingr Bed Beard, Mr. Gomery ; Dutch