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is only one tHng that can very well be said:—I will not come,
" Will not, Joe,—eh?" saidKemble.
" I will not, sir," replied Gfrimaldi.
" Not!" said Zemble again, with great emphasis.
Grrimaldi repeated the monosyllable with equal vehemence.
" Then, Joe," said Eemble, taking off his hat, and bowing in
a ghost-like manner, " I wish you a very good morning !"
Grrimaldi took off his hat, made another low bow, and wished
Mr. Kemble good morning; and so they parted.
Next day his name was taken from the bills, and that of
some other performer, quite unknown to the London stage, was
inserted instead; which performer, when he did come out, went
in again.—for he failed so signally that the pantomime was not
played after the Monday night.
In the short interval between, this interview and the Easter
holidays, Grrimaldi was engaged in. the study of a new part for
Sadler's "Wells, which was a very prominent character in a piece
bearing the sonorous and attractive title of the " Great Devil."*
He entertained very strong hopes that both the part and the
piece would be very successful; and how far his expectations
were borne out by subsequent occurrences, the next chapter will
* The Serio-Comio Spectacle of "The Great Devfl; or, The Bobber of Genoa,"
was produced late in the season of 1801, early in September, and on the 14th of
that month was performed for 0. Dibdin's benefit. Nicola, by Mr. Grimaldi;
Bridget, by Mrs. Davis; Gattie, some years afterwards distinguished for his
performance of Mons. Morblen, at Drury Lane, had also a singing part in the
piece.excessively indignant at this, not merely because