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to hear some news of my wife. How does she, | the whole story, and do it with all the art you are after her fright?

master of, that the surprise may not be too great Vel. It is a saying, somewhere in my lord for her. Coke, that a widow

Vel. It shall be done. But since her ho-hour Sir Geo. I ask of my wife, and thou talkest to has seen this apparition, she desires to see you me of my lord Coke-Prithee, tell me how she once more, before you encounter it. does, for I am in pain for her?

Sir Geo. I shall expect her impatiently; for Vel. She is pretty well recovered. Mrs Abi now I can talk to her without being interrupted gail has put her in good heart; and I have given by that impertinent rogue, Tinsel. I hope thou her great hopes from your skill.

hast not told Abigail any thing of the secret? Sir Geo. That, I think, cannot fail, since thou Vel. Mrs Abigail is a woman; there are many hast got this secret out of Abigail. But I could reasons why she should not be acquainted with it : not have thought my friend Fantome would have I shall only mention sixserved me thus.

Sir Geo. Hlush, here she comes! Oh, my Vel. You will still fancy you are a living heart ! man. Sir Geo. That he should endeavour to ensnare

Enter LADY TRUEMAN and ABIGAIL.

Sir Geo. [Aside, while Vellum talks in dumb Vel

. You have no right in her after your de- shew to LADY TrueMAN.] Oh, that loved womise. Death extinguishes all propertyZQuoud man! Ilow I long to take her in my arms! If hanc-It is a maxim in the law.

I find I am still dear to her memory, it will be a Sir Geo. A pox on your learning! Well, but return to life indeed! But I must take care of what is become of Tinsel ?

indulging this tenderness, and put on a behaviour Vel. He rushed out of the house, called for more suitable to my present character. his horse, clapped spurs to his sides, and was out [Walks at a distance in a pensive posture, of sight in less time than I can call ten.

waving his wand. Sir Geo. This is whimsical enough! My wife Lady True. To Vellum.] This is surprising will have a quick succession of lovers in one day. indeed! So all the servants tell me; they say Fantome has driven out Tinsel, and I shall drive he knows every thing that has happened in the out Fantome.

family. Vel. Eren as one wedge driveth out another Abi. (Aside.) A parcel of credulous fools! they -He, he, he! You must pardon me for being first tell him their secrets, and then wonder how jocular.

he comes to know them. Sir Geo. Was there ever such a provoking [Erit Vellum, erchanging fond looks with blockhead! But he means me well--You must

ABIGAIL. remember, Vellum, you have abundance of busi Lady True. Learned sir, may I have some conness upon your hands; and I have but just time versation with you, before you begin your coreto tell it you over. All I require of you is dis- monies? patch; therefore, hear me.

Sir Geo. Speak-But hold—First, let me feel Vel

. There is nothing more requisite in busi- your pulse. ness than dispatch

Lady True. What can you learn from that? Sir Geo. Then, hear me.

Sir Geo. I have already learned a secret from Vel. It is, indeed, the lite of business

it, that will astonish you. Sir Geo. Hear me, then, I say.

Lady True. Prav, what is it? Vel. And, as one hath rightly observed, the Sir Geo. You will have a husband within this benefit that attends it is four-fold. First---- half hour.

Sir Geo. There is no bearing this. Thou art Abi. [Aside.] I am glad to hear that-IIe going to describe dispatch, when thou shouldst be must mean Mr Fantome. I begin to think practising it.

there's a good deal of truth in his art. Vel. But your ho-nour will not give me the Lady True. Alas! I fear you mean I shall sce hearing

sir George's apparition a second time. Sir Geo. Thou wilt not give me the hearing. Sir Geo. Have courage; you shall see the ap

[Angrily. parition no more. The husband I mention, shall Vel. I am still.

be as much alive as I am. Sir Geo. In the first place, you are to lay my

Abi, Mr Fantome, to be sure.

Aside. wig, hat, and sword, ready for me in the closet, Lady True. Impossible; I loved my first too and one of my scarlet coats. You know how well. Abigail has described the ghost to you.

Sir Geo. You could not love the first better Vel. It shall be done.

than you will love the second. Sir Geo. Then you must remember, whilst I Lady True. Alas! you did not know sir am laying this ghost, you are to prepare my wife George! for the reception of her real husband. Tell her Sir Geo. As well as I do inyself - I saw him

with you in the red damask room, when he first scoundrel he looked, when he left your ladyship made Jove to you; your mother left you together, in a swoon! Where have you left my lady sars under pretence of receiving a visit from Mrs 1. In an elbow-chair, child, says he. "And where Hawthorn, on her return from London.

are you going? says I. To town, child, says he; Lady True. This is astonishing !

for, to tell thee truly, child, says he, I don't care Sir Geo. You were a great admirer of a single for living under the same roof with the devil, life for the first half hour; your refusals then says he. grew still fainter and fainter. With what ecsta Sir Geo. Well, lady, I see rothing in all this, that cy did sir George kiss your hand, when you told may hinder sir George's spirit from being at rest. hin you

should always follow the advice of your Dendy True. If he knows any thing of what mamma!

passes

in my heart, he cannot but be satisfied of Lady True Every circumstance to a tittle! that fondness which I bear to his memory. My

Sir Geo. Then, lady, the wedding-night! I sorrow for him is always fresh, when I think of saw you in your white satin night-gown. You him. He was the kindest, truest, tenderestwould not come out of your dressing-room, till Tears will not let me go onsir George took you out by force. Ile drew you Sir Geo. This quite overpowers me

me!-I shall gently by the hand---You struggled —but he discover inyself before my tiine. [ Aside.] Madam, was too strong for you. You blushed; he you may now retire, and leave me to myself.

Lady True. Oh, stop there! go no further Lady True. Success attend you ! He knows every thing!

[Aside. Abi. I wish Mr Fantome gets well off from Abi. Truly, Mr Conjurer, I believe you have this old Don—I know he'll be with him immebeen a wag in your youth.

diately. Sir Geo. Mrs Abigail, you know what your (Ereunt Lady TRUEman and ABIGAIL, good word cost sir George; a purse of broad Sir Geo. My heart is now at ease !--she is the pieces, Mrs Abigail.

same dear woman I left her. Now for my reAbi. The devil's in him! (Aside.] Pray, sir, venge upon Fantome! I shall cut the ceremosince you have told so far, you should tell my nies short-A few words will do his business. lady, that I refused to take them.

Now, let me seat myself in form-A good easy Sir Geo. 'Tis true, child; he was forced to chair for a conjurer this—Now for a few mathethrust them into your bosom.

matical scratches—A good lucky scrawl that-, Abi. This rogue will mention the thousand Faith, I think it looks very astrological—These pounds, if I don't take care. (Aside.] Pray, sir, two or three magical pot-books about it, make it though you are a conjurer, methinks you need a complete conjurer's scheme. (Drum beats.] not be a blab.

Ha, ha, ha! sir, are you there? Enter, drummer Lady True. Sir, since I have now no reason -Now must I pore upon my paper. to doubt your art, I must beseech you to treat this apparition gently. It has the resemblance

Enter Fantome, beating his drum. of my deceased husband. If there be any un- Pr'ythee, don't make a noise; I'm busy. (Fandiscovered secret, any thing that troubles his TOME beats.} A pretty march! Pr’ythee beat rest, learn it of him.

that over again. "[He beats and advances.] [RiSir Geo. I must, to that end, be sincerely in- sing.) Ha! you're very perfect in the step of a formed by you, whether your heart be engaged ghost. You stalk it majestically. [FANTOME adto another.-llave not you received the addresses vances.] How the rogue stares! be acts it ta of many lovers since his death?

admiration! I'll be hanged if he has not been Ludy True. I have been obliged to receive practising this half hour in Irs Abigail's wardmore visits than have been agreeable.

robe! [FANTOME stares, gives a rap with his Sir Geo. Was not Tinsel welcome ?- I'm drum.] Pr’ythee, don't play the fool. [Faso afraid to hear an answer to my own question. Tome beats.) Nay, nay; enough of this, good Mir

[Aside. Fantome. Lady True. He was well recommended.

Fan. (Aside.] Death! I am discovered. This Sir Geo. Racks!

[Aside. jade, Abigail, has betrayed me. Lady True. Of a good family.

Sir Geo. Mr Fantoine, upon the word of an Sir Geo. Tortures!

[Aside. astrologer, your thousand pound bribe will never Lady True. lcir to a considerable estate. gain my lady Trueman.

Sir Geo. Death ! {Aside.] And you still love Fan: Tis plain, she bas told him all. [.Aside. him?---I'm distracted!

Aside. Sir Geo. Let me advise you to make off as Lady True. No, I despise bim. I found he fast as you can, or I plainly perceive by my ari, had a design upon my fortune ; was base, pro- Mr Ghost will have his bones broke. fligate, cowardly, and every thing that could be Fan. (To Sir GEORGE.] Look ve, old gentle expected from a man of the vilest principles. man, I perceive you have learned this secret Sir Geo. I'mn recovered.

[Aside. from Mrs Abigail. dbi. Oh, madain, had you seen how like a Sir Geo. I have learned it from my arte

am.

your lady?

arms

my life!

my

Fan. Thy art! prithee, no more of that. Sir Geo. What dost thou think? Look ye, I know you are a cheat as much as I Abi, Think, sir! think !Troth I don't know

And if thou'lt keep my counsel, I'll give what to think. Pray, sir, howthee ten broad pieces.

Sir Geo. No questions, good Abigail ; thy cuSir Geo. I am not mercenary. Young man, 1 riosity shall be satisfied in due time. Where's scorn thy gold. Fan. I'll make them up twenty

Abi. Oh, I'm so frighted--and so gladSir Geo. Avaunt! and that quickly, or I'll Sir Geo. Where's your lady, I ask you? raise such an apparition as shall

Abi. Marry, I don't know where I am myself Fan. An apparition, old gentleman! you :-I can't forbear weeping for joy mistake your man; I'm not to be frighted with Sir Geo. Your lady? I say, your lady? I must bugbears!

bring you to yourself with one pinch more. Sir Geo. Let me retire but for a few moments, Abi. Oh, she has been talking a good while and I will give thee such a proof of my art

with the steward. Fan. Why, if thou hast any hocus-pocus tricks Sir Geo. Then he has opened the whole story to play, why canst thou not do them here? to her. I'm glad he has prepared her. Oh,

Sir Geo. The raising of a spirit requires cer- here she comes ! tain secret mysteries to be performed, and words to be muttered in private

Enter Lady TrueMAN, followed by Vellum. Fan. Well, if I see through your trick, will Lady True. Where is he? Let me fy into his you promise to be my friend?

!

soul! my husband! Sir Geo. I will -Attend and tremble ! Sir Geo. Oh, let me catch thee to my heart,

[Erit. dearest of women! Fan. A very solemn old ass! but I smoke Lady True. Are you, then, still alive, and are him-he has a mind to raise his price upon me. you here! I can scarce believe my senses ! Now I could not think this slut would have used me am I happy indeed! thus. I begin to grow horribly tired of my drum. Sir Geo. My heart is too full to answer thee. I wish I was well rid of it. However, I have Lady True. Was ever woman so blessed ! to got this by it, that it has driven off Tinsel for find again the darling of her soul, when she good and all : I shan't have the mortification to thought him lost for ever! to enter into a kind see my mistress carried off by such a rival. of second marriage with the only man, whom she Well, whatever happens, I must stop this old was ever capable of loving! fellow's mouth; I must not be sparing in hush Sir Geo. May it be as happy as our first ! I money. But here he conjes.

desire no more. Believe me, my dear, I want Enter Sir George in his own habit.

words to express those transports of joy and ten

derness, which are every inoment rising in my Ha! what's that! Sir George Trueman! This heart whilst I speak to thee. can be no counterfeit. His dress, bis shape, bis

Enter Servants. face, the very wound of which he died ! Nay, then, 'tis time to decamp.

[Runs off But. Just as the steward told us, lads! Look Sir Geo. Ha, ha, ha! Fare you well, good sir you there, if he ben't with my lady already! George. The enemy has left me master of the Gard. He, he, he! what joyful night will field; here are the marks of my victory. This this be for madam. drum will I hang up in my great hall, as the tro Coach. As I was coming in at the gate, a phy of the day.

strange gentleman whisked by me; but he took Enter ABIGAIL.--Sir George stands with his I did not see master before me, I should have

to his heels, and made away to the George. If hand before his face, in a musing posture.

sworn it had been his honour! Abi. Yonder be is. O my conscience, he has Gard. Hast thou given orders for the bells to driven off the conjurer! Mr Fantome, Mr Fan- be set a ringing ? tome! I give you joy, I give you joy! What do Coach. Never trouble thy head about that; it you think of your thousand pounds now? Why is done. does not the man speak?

Sir Geo. [TO LADY TRUEMAN.) My dear, I [Pulls him by the sleeve. long as much to tell you my whole story, as you Sir Geo. Ha !

do to hear it. In the mean while, I am to look [Taking his hands from his face. upon this as my wedding-day. I'll have nothing Abi. Oh 'tis my master!

[Shrieks. but the voice of mirth and feasting in my house. (Running away, he catches her. My poor neighbours and my servants shall reSir Geo. Good Mrs Abigail, not so fast. joice with me. My hall shall be free to every

Abi. Are you alive, sir? He has given my one, and let my cellars be thrown open. shoulder such a cursed tweak! they must be real But. Ah, bless your honour, may you never fingers; I feel them, I'ın sure,

die again!

Coach. The same good man that he ever was. Gard. Whurra!

Sir Geo. Vellum, thou hast done me much service to-day. I know thou lovest Abigail; but she's disappointed in a fortune. I'll make it up to both of you. I'll give thee a thousand pounds with her. It is not fit there should be one sad heart in my house to-night.

Abi. Mr Vellum, you are a well-spoken man : pray, do you thank my master and my lady,

Sir Geo. Vellum, I hope you are not displeased with the gift I make you? Vel. The gift is two-fold. I receive from you

A virtuous partner, and a portion, too;
For which, in humble wise, I thank the

donours :
And so we bid good-night to both your
ho-nours.

(E.reunt omues

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SCENE I.-A tatern.

why, she is the talk and pity of the whole town; COLONEL FAINWELL and FREEMAN over

and it is the opinion of the learned, that she must

die a maid. a bottle.

Col. Say you so ? That's somewhat odd, in this Free. Come, colonel, his majesty's health. You charitable city. She's a woman, I hope ? are as melancholy as if you were in love! I wish Free. For aught I know—but it had been as some of the beauties of Bath han't snapt your well for her, had nature made her any heart.

of the creation. The man who keeps this house Col. Why, faith, Freeman, there is something served her father; he is a very honest fellow, int; I have seen a lady at Bath, who has kindled and may be of use to you ; we'll send for him to such a flame in me, that all the waters there can't take a glass with us : he'll give you her whole quench.

history, and 'tis worth your hearing. Free. Women, like some poisonous animals, Col. But may one trust him? carry their antidote about them-Is she not to Free. With your life : I have obligations be had, colonel ?

enough upon him to make him do any thing: I Col. That's a difficult question to answer; how serve him with wine.

[Knocks. ever, I resolve to try : perhaps you may be able Col. Nay, I know him very well myself. I to serve me; you merchants know one another. once used to frequent a club that was kept here. The lady told me herself she was under the charge of four persons.

Enter Drawer.
Free. Odso! 'tis Mrs Anne Lovelv.
Col. The same-Do you know her?

Draw. Gentlemen, d'ye call ? Free. Know her! ay— Faith, colonel, your Free. Ay; send up your master. condition is more desperate than you imagine: Draw. Yes, sir.

[Exit.

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