I chose not to to quibble over this matter, for I knew Mr. Widdle had recently been reading a biography of none other than P.T. Barnum, the greatest showman of them all, and that it was folly to try and persuade my partner not to take this potentially risky and expensive path. To that end, Mr. Widdle suggested that we pursue the acquisition of a legendary and notorious object - the Feejee Mermaid, originally exhibited by Barnum at his American Museum in New York City. While it is my understanding that the original Mermaid had long since been consumed by fire, Mr. Widdle, it seems, will not be deterred by that trivial fact. There are other Feejee Mermaids in existence he claims, and why wouldn’t there be, Mr. Widdle extrapolated, since where there was one, there must have been many.
As I ponder these developments, I am happily surprised at the maturity of my reaction to Mr. Widdle’s new pursuit. I, Smallini, remain unquestionably confident with my ability to entertain and amaze audiences, but I am also open to allowing unique exhibits to share the stage (and limelight) in order to help draw crowds. Anything for our dear, devoted audience!