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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

MEMOIRS OP JOSEPH GKLEALDI*

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parrying of a remark from a counsel engaged in the ease occa-
sioned much laughter in court.                    

On his name being called, and his appearing in the witness-
box, there was some movement in the court, which was very
crowded, the people being anxious to catch a sight of a witness
whose name was so familiar. Sir James Scarlett, * who was to
examine him, rose as he made his appearance, and, looking at
him with great real or apparent interest, said, "Dear me!
Pray, sir, are you the great Mr. Grimaldi, formerly of Covent
Garden Theatre ?"

The witness felt greatly confused at this inquiry, especially
as it seemed to excite to a still higher pitch the curiosity of the
spectators. He reddened slightly, and replied, " I used to be a
pantomime actor, sir, at Covent Garden Theatre."

" Yes," said Sir James Scarlett, "I recollect you well. You
are a very clever man, sir." He paused for a few seconds, and,
looking up in his face, said,

" And so you really are Grimaldi, are you ?"

This was more embarrassing than the other question, and
Grimaldi feeling it so, Mgetted about in the box, and grew
redder and redder.

"Don't blush, Mr. Grimaldi, pray don't blush; there is not
the least occasion for blushing," said Sir James Scarlett.

" I don't blush, sir," rejoined the witness,

" I assure you, you need not blush so."

" I beg your pardon, sir, I really am not blushing," repeated
the witness, who beginning to grow angry, repeated it -with so
red a face, that the spectators tittered aloud.

" I assure you, Mr, Grimaldi," said Sir James Scarlett,
smiling, " that you are blushing violently."

" I beg your pardon, sir," replied Grimaldi, " but you are
really quite mistaken. The flush which you observe on my

* Afterwards Lord AMnger.