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retirement, and whither they were accompanied by the infant,
who had been appointed travelling bridesmaid on Mr Lillyvick’s
express stipulation: as the steamboat people, deceived by her size,
would (he had previously ascertained) transport her at half-price.
As there was no performance that night, Mr Crummles
declared his intention of keeping it up till everything to drink was
disposed of; but Nicholas having to play Romeo for the first time
on the ensuing evening, contrived to slip away in the midst of a
temporary confusion, occasioned by the unexpected development
of strong symptoms of inebriety in the conduct of Mrs Grudden.
To this act of desertion he was led, not only by his own
inclinations, but by his anxiety on account of Smike, who, having
to sustain the character of the Apothecary, had been as yet wholly
unable to get any more of the part into his head than the general
idea that he was very hungry, which--perhaps from old
recollections--he had acquired with great aptitude.
‘I don’t know what’s to be done, Smike,’ said Nicholas, laying
down the book. ‘I am afraid you can’t learn it, my poor fellow.’
‘I am afraid not,’ said Smike, shaking his head. ‘I think if you--
but that would give you so much trouble.’
‘What?’ inquired Nicholas. ‘Never mind me.’
‘I think,’ said Smike, ‘if you were to keep saying it to me in little
bits, over and over again, I should be able to recollect it from
‘Do you think so?’ exclaimed Nicholas. ‘Well said. Let us see
who tires first. Not I, Smike, trust me. Now then. Who calls so
‘“Who calls so loud?”’ said Smike.
‘“Who calls so loud?”’ repeated Nicholas.