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Dear Mrs. Nabby, I have overheard all that has been faid, and find thou hast manag'd this thing so well, that I could take thee in my arms and kiss thee if my drum did not stand in my way.
AB IGA L. Well, my conscience, you are the merriest ghoft! and the very picture of Sir George Truman.
F AN TOM E. There you flatter me, Mrs. Abigat: Sir George had that freihness in his looks, that we men of the town cannot come up to.
A BIG A L. Oh! Death may have alterd him, you knowbe fides, you must consider, you loft a great deal of blood in the battle.
F Α Ν Τ Ο Μ Ε. Ay, that's right; let me look ever fo pale, this cut cross ту forehead will keep me in countenance.
A BIG A L. 'Tis just such a one as my Mafter receiv'd from a cursed French trooper, as my Lady's letter inform'd her.
F AN T O M E. It happens luckily that this suit of cloaths of Sir George's fits me fo well, I think I can't fail hitting the air of a man with whom I was so long acquainted.
A BIG AL. You are the very man- I vow I almost start when I look upon you.
FAN TOM E. But what good will this do me, if I must remain invifible?
A BIG A L. Pray, what good did your being visible do you? The fair Mr. Fantome thought no woman could withstand him But when you were seen by my Lady in your proper person, after she had taken a full survey of you, and heard all the pretty things you could say, the very civilly dismissed you for the sake of this empty, noisy creature Tinsel. She fancies you have been gone from kaence this fortnight.
F AN TOM E. Why really I love thy Lady so well, that though I had no hopes of gaining her for myself, I could not bear to fee her given to another, especially such a wretch as linjih
A BI GA L. Well, tell me truly, Mr. Fontome, have you not a great opinion of my fidelity to my dear Lady, that I would not suffer her to be deluded in this manner, for less than a thousand pound?
FANTOM E. Thou art always remembring me of my promise thou shalt have it, if thou canst bring our project to bear; doft not know that stories of ghosts and apparitions generally end in a pot of money?
A BIG A L. Why, truly now, Mr. Fantome, I should think myself very bad woman,
if I had done what I do, for a farthing less.
A BIG A L. No, no; Mr. Fantome I defy the worst of my ene. mies to fay I love mischief for mischief sake.
F AN TO ME. But is thy Lady persuaded that I am the ghost of her deceased husband ?
ABIGA L. I endeavour to make her believe fo, and tell her every time your drum rattles, that her husband is chiding her for entertaining this new lover.
F AN TOM E. Pr'ythee make use of all thy art, for I am tir'd to death with strolling round this wide old house like a rat behind a wainscot.
ABIGA L. Did not I tell you, 'twas the purest place in the world for you to play your tricks in there's none of the family that knows every hole and corner in it, besides myself.
F Α Ν Τ Ο Μ Ε.
A BIG A L. For you mít know, when I was a romping young girl, I was a mighty lover of hide and seek:
FANTOM E. I believe, by this time, I am as well acquainted with the house as yourself.
A B I G A L. You are very much mistaken, Mr. Fantome ; but no matter for that; here is to be your station to-night. This is the place unknown to any one living besides myself, since the death of the joiner ; who, you must understand, being a lover of mine, contrived the wainscot to move to and fro, in the manner that you find it. I designed it for a wardrobe for my Lady's cast cloaths. Oh! the stomachers, itays, petriccats, commodes, laced shoes, and good things I have had in it-pray take care you don't break the cherry-brandy bottle that stands up in the corner.
F Α Ν Τ Ο Μ Ε. Well, Mrs. Abigal, I hire your closet of you but for this one night a thousand pound you know is a very good rent.
A BIG AL. Well, get you gone ; you have such a way with you, there's no denying you any thing!
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F Α Ν Τ Ο Μ Ε.
A BIG A L.
F Α Ν Τ Ο Μ Ε.
F AN TOM E.
A BIG A L. [opening tbe door.]
L A D Y.
A BI GA L.
LA D Y.
ABIGA L. Ah, Madam! the drum began to beat in the house as foon as ever this creature was admitted to visit the while Mr. Fantome made his addreffes to you, there was not a moule stirring in the family more than used to be
L A D Y This baggage has fome design upon me, more than I can yet discover. [Afde.] -Mr. Fantome was always thy favourite.
ABIGAL. Ay, and should have been yours too, by my consent ! Mr. Fantome was not such a slight fantastic thing as this is
-Mr. Fantome was the best-built man one should tee in a summer's day! Mr. Fantome was a man of honour, and loved you! poor soul ! how he sighed when he has talked to me of my hard-hearted Lady- -Well! I had as lief as a thousand pounds you would marry Mr. Fantome !
L A D Y To tell thee truly, I loved him well enough till I found he loved me fo much. But Mr. Tinsel makes his court to me with so much neglect and indifference, and with such an agreeable saucineis-Nut that I say I'll
A BIG AL. Marry him, quoth-a! no if you should, you'll be awakened sooner than married couples generally are You'll quickly have a drum at your window.
L A D Y.. I'll hide my contempt of Tinsel for once, it he be but to see what this wench drives at.
[Afide. A BIG A L. Why, fuppose your husband, after this fair warning he has given you, ihould found you an alarm at midnight; then open your curtains with a face as pale as my apron, and cry out with a hollow voice, what doft thou ir bed with this spindle-fhanked fellow?
L A D Y