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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

OP JOSEPH GEIiCAI,I>I.                       289

tained that there's one place vacant inside, and that the coach,
"belongs to our landlady. Wow, I mean to remind her what a
deal of money we have spent in the house; to tell her that I
shall he soon coming here again; and to put it to her, whether
she wont let me ride at least a part of the way inside."

Grimaldi was not a little offended and vexed hy this commu-
nication, feeling that, as they had heen stopping at the house
as companions and friends, he was rather involved in the
shahhiness of his fellow-traveller. His angry remonstrances,
however, produced not the slightest effect. Bologna acted
precisely as he had threatened, and received permission from
the good lady of the house, who was evidently much surprised
at the application, to occupy the vacant inside place; it being
stipulated and understood on both sides, that if anywhere on.
the road a passenger were found requiring an inside place,
Bologna should either give up his, or pay the regular fare on to
London.

As Grimaldi could not prevent this arrangement, he was
compelled to listen to it with a good grace. The manager, who
came to see them off, brought 100Z. for Grimaldi, all in three-
shilling pieces, packed up in a large brown-paper parcel; and
this part of the luggage being stowed in the coach-pocket, away
they went, Bologna congratulating himself on his diplomacy,
and Grimaldi consoling himself with the reflection that he
should know how to avoid fri-m in future, and that he was now,
at least, safe from any further exhibition of his parsimony
during the journey. The former resolution he kept, but in the
latter conclusion he was desperately wrong.

It was evening when they started, and at four o'clock in the
morning, when they stopped to change horses, a customer for
an inside place presented himself; whereupon the driver,
opening the coach-door, civilly reminded Bologna of the condi-
tions upon which he held his seat.

Bologna was fast asleep the first "time the man spoke, and,u please," rejoined his friend; " but ift