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Full text of "Memoirs Of Joseph Grimaldi"

MEMOIRS OF JOSEPH GEQEAIDI.

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Mr. Kemble read the bill through very attentively, and laid
it gently upon the table without saying a word, but still look-
ing very much displeased. Grimaldi, not knowing very well
what to say, remained silent, and nothing was said for a minute
or two, when Eaweett entered the room.

"Here, Faweett," said Mr. Kemble, "here's a bill for you:
read that."

Fawcett read it in profound silence, and when he. had done
so, looked as if he could not at all understand what was going
forward, or what he ought to do. At length he asked what he
was to infer from it, and Mr. Eemble was about to reply, when
Grrimaldi interrupted Mm.

"I beg your pardon, sir," he said, "but if Mr. Tawcett is to
be appealed to in this business, it is but just that, before he
expresses any opinion upon it, he should understand all tibe
circumstances."

With this, he proceeded to detail them as briefly as he could.
."When he had finished, Mr. Hemble said, with an air of great
vexation, "Why did you not say, that if you could not take a
benefit here, you would do so at lie other house I I declare
you should have had a night for nothing, sooner than you
should have gone there."

Although this remark was very unexpected, Grimaldi made
no further reply than that he had never thought of applying' to
Mr. Price, but that that gentleman, he presumed at the solici-
tation of some unknown friend, had made an offer to Mm ; j^e
then begged Mr. Fawcett, as he now knew all, to express his
opinion upon the matter.

"Why, really," said that gentleman, "had I been situated as
Grrimaldi has been, I should certainly have acted as he has
done. If one theatre could not accommodate me and another
could, I should feel no hesitation in accepting an offer from the
latter. However," added Mr. Eawcett, after this very manly
and straightforward avowal, "I thinfc it would be best
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