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MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GETMAIDI,                       281

"That's very provoking," said Grrimaldi, "considering that
I have called here three times already."

The girl agreed that it was, and, stepping to the door, looked
anxiously up the street and down the street, hut there was no
harher in sight.

"Do you want to see him on any particular business?" in-
quired Howard.

"Bless my heart! no, not I," said Grrimaldi: "I only want
to be shaved."

" Shaved, sir I" cried the girl. " Oh, dear me ! what a pity
it is you did not say so hefore! for I do most of the shaving for
father when he's at home, and all when he's out."

"To be sure she does," said Howard; "Ihave been shaved
by her fifty times."

"You have!" said Grimaldi. "Oh, I'm sure I have no objec-
tion. I am quite ready, my dear."

Grimaldi sat himself down in a chair, and the girl commenced
the task in a very business-like manner, Grimaldi feeling an
irresistible tendency to laugh at the oddity of the operation, but
smothering it by dint of great efforts while the girl was shaving
his chin. At length, when she got to his tipper lip, and took
his nose between her fingers with a piece of brown paper, he
could stand it no longer, but burst into a tremendous roar of
laughter, and made a face at Howard, which the girl no sooner
saw than, she dropped the razor and laughed immoderately
also; whereat Howard began to laugh too, whieh only set
Grimaldi laughing more; when just at this moment in came
the barber, who, seeing three people in convulsions of mirth,
one of them with a soapy face and a gigantic mouth making the
most extravagant faces over a white towel, threw himself into
a chair without ceremony, and dashing Ms hat on the ground,
laughed louder than any of them, declaring in broken words as
he could find breath to utter them, that " that gentleman as was
being shaved, was out of sight the funniest gentleman he hadshop, again looked in. The girl was still