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222                       MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GEIMALDI.

immediately, the empty Defiance fell iipon the top of it so neatly
and dexterously, that the passengers were obliged to be dragged
through the two coaches before they could he extricated. For-
tunately nobody was much hurt, although Grimaldi was the
worst off, for he was the undermost, and five stout men (they
carried six inside at that time) fell on the top of him. The only
disagreeable part of the matter was, that they were delayed up-
wards of four hours, and that the unfortunate Defiance was left
both literally and figuratively on the road for a much longer
time.

During this provincial trip, he played six nights at Man-
chester and one at Liverpool, for which he received in all 2511.
The only drawback upon the expedition was, that he sustained
two accidents, the effects of which were quite bad enough, but
might have been mucb^more serious. He arranged and got up
a very pretty little pantomime called "Castles in the Air," in
it                which he of course played Clown. His first appearance was to

be from a large bowl, placed in the centre of the stage, and
labelled "Gooseberry Pool;"* to pass through which, it was
necessary for him to ascend from beneath the stage, through a
trap-door which the bowl concealed. On the first night of the
piece he ascended from below at the proper time ; but when he
gained the level of the stage, the ropes which were attached to
the trap broke, and he fell back into the cellar, from which he
had just risen. He was terribly shaken and stunned by the fall,
but quickly recovering himself, he ascended the stairs, went on
the stage, and played as though nothing had happened to dis-
compose him. In spite of his assumed calmness, however, he
was in agony during the whole of the first scene; but the pain
wholly left him, as he went on, in the excitement of the part;
and by the time he had finished the pantomime, he was as well
as he had been before its commencement.

* " Castiea in the Mr; or, Columbine Cowslip," was not produced till the
dose of the season of 1809, at Sadler's Wells., were a pile of smouldering rains. The fire was