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130                        MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GBIMALDI.

only that, but, as he knew nothing1 at all about the unlucky
combat, very much confounded and amazed into the bargain.
The moment the curtain was down, he rushed on to the stage
where the characters had formed a picture, and in a loud and
alarming voice exclaimed—
" Let no one stir!"

Nobody did stir; and Sheridan walking to the middle of the
proscenium, and standing with his back to the curtain, said in
the most solemn manner,

"In this affair I am determined to be satisfied, and I call
upon somebody here to answer me one question. What is the
cause of this infernal clamour ?"

This question was put in such an aUUirnportant way, that no
one ventured to reply until some seconds had elapsed, when
Barrymore, who played Blue Beard, stepped forward and said,
that the fact was, there had formerly been a combat between
Mr. Eoffey and Joe, and the audience was dissatisfied at its not
being done.

"And why was it not done, sir? Why was it not done?
"Where is Joe, sic?"

"Really, six," .replied .Barrymore, "it is impossible for me to
say where he may be. Our old friend Joe was -dismissed at the
.close of the last season .by the stage-manager."

At this speech Sheridan fell into a great rage, said a great
many angry things, and made a great many profoundly im-
portant statements, to the effect that he would be master of his
own house, and that nobody should manage for him, and so
forth; all of which was said in a manner more or less polite.
He concluded by directing the " call" porter of the theatre to go
immediately to "Joe's" .house, and to request him to be upon
lie stage ,at twelve precisely aertday. He tten took off his
hat wi& a great flourish, made a polite bow to the actors and
actresses onlhe stage, and-walked very solemnly away.
-He received Qrimaldi very Mndly next day, and reinstatedrepeatedly expatiating upon the admirable manner in which