MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GEIMALDI. 2S5
Birmingham, by which, he cleared UQl. From Birmingham
he went to Leicester, where Elliston also had a theatre, and
where he played for two nights, being accompanied by Mr.
Brunton, who was Elliston's stage-manager. They were very
successful, Grrimaldi's share of the receipts being iQl.
The morning after his last performance here, Grimaldi took
a post-chaise and started for Chester, where he had tindertaken
to act for one week. As the chaise drove up to the "White Lion,
the London coach drove up too, and, seated on the outside, he
saw, to his great surprise, his old friend Old Bologna, who, it
appeared, had been engaged expressly to perform with him in
"Mother Goose." The unexpected meeting afforded great plea-
sure to both, and having ordered a private sitting room and a
good dinner, they sat down together and fell into conversation;
in the course of which Bologna, by various hints and other
slight remarks, gave Ms friend to understand that his old
characteristic of never being able, without a strong effort, to
make up his mind to spend a penny was by no means impaired
by time. The room was handsomely fitted up; and the dinner,
which was speedily placed before them, consisted of a great
variety of expensive delicacies, the sight of which awakened in
Bologna's mind a great many misgivings concerning the bill,
which were not at all lessened by the landlady's informing
them, with a low curtsey, as she placed the first dish on the
table, that she knew who they were, and that she would answer
for their being provided with every luxury and comfort the
house would afford. They were no sooner left alone, than
Bologna, with a very dissatisfied air, informed his friend that
he saw it would never do to stay in that house.
" "WTiy not ?" inquired Grimaldi.
" Because of the expense," he answered. " Bless me! look at
the accommodations: what do you suppose they'll charge for all
this r It wont suit me, Joe; I shall be off."
" You can do as you please," rejoined his friend; " but ift