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thence a small piece of whity-brown paper curiously folded,
whence he brought forth a note which it had served to keep clean,
and handing it over to Nicholas, said--

‘Have the goodness to read that, sir.’
Nicholas, in a state of much amazement, took the note and
broke the seal, glancing at Mr Folair as he did so, who, knitting his
brow and pursing up his mouth with great dignity, was sitting with
his eyes steadily fixed upon the ceiling.

It was directed to blank Johnson, Esq., by favour of Augustus
Folair, Esq.; and the astonishment of Nicholas was in no degree
lessened, when he found it to be couched in the following laconic

“Mr Lenville presents his kind regards to Mr Johnson, and will
feel obliged if he will inform him at what hour tomorrow morning
it will be most convenient to him to meet Mr L. at the Theatre, for
the purpose of having his nose pulled in the presence of the

“Mr Lenville requests Mr Johnson not to neglect making an
appointment, as he has invited two or three professional friends to
witness the ceremony, and cannot disappoint them upon any
account whatever.


Indignant as he was at this impertinence, there was something
so exquisitely absurd in such a cartel of defiance, that Nicholas
was obliged to bite his lip and read the note over two or three
times before he could muster sufficient gravity and sternness to
address the hostile messenger, who had not taken his eyes from

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