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appearances--and that, incidental to the piece, was a
characteristic dance by the characters, and a castanet pas seul by
the Infant Phenomenon--her last appearance--he no longer
entertained any doubt; and presenting himself at the stage-door,
and sending in a scrap of paper with ‘Mr Johnson’ written thereon
in pencil, was presently conducted by a Robber, with a very large
belt and buckle round his waist, and very large leather gauntlets
on his hands, into the presence of his former manager.

Mr Crummles was unfeignedly glad to see him, and starting up
from before a small dressing-glass, with one very bushy eyebrow
stuck on crooked over his left eye, and the fellow eyebrow and the
calf of one of his legs in his hand, embraced him cordially; at the
same time observing, that it would do Mrs Crummles’s heart good
to bid him goodbye before they went.

‘You were always a favourite of hers, Johnson,’ said Crummles,
‘always were from the first. I was quite easy in my mind about you
from that first day you dined with us. One that Mrs Crummles took
a fancy to, was sure to turn out right. Ah! Johnson, what a woman
that is!’

‘I am sincerely obliged to her for her kindness in this and all
other respects,’ said Nicholas. ‘But where are you going,’ that you
talk about bidding goodbye?’

‘Haven’t you seen it in the papers?’ said Crummles, with some

‘No,’ replied Nicholas.
‘I wonder at that,’ said the manager. ‘It was among the
varieties. I had the paragraph here somewhere--but I don’t
know--oh, yes, here it is.’

So saying, Mr Crummles, after pretending that he thought he

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