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ABIGAL You will always be waggith.

VELLUM. Adieu, and let me hear the refult of your conference

ABIGA L. How can you leave one so soon? I shall think it an age till I see you again.

VELLU M. Adieu, my pretty one.

A BI GA L Adieu, sweet Mr. Vellum.

V E L L U M. My pretty one.

[As he is going of AB IGA L. Dear, Mr. Vellum !

VELLUM. My pretty one!

[Exit Vellum.

A BIG A 1 fola. I have him if I can but get this thousand pound. ... [Fantomne gives three raps with bis. Drum

behind the wainscot.

A B IGAL. Ha! three raps upon the Drum! - the signal Mr. Fantome and I agreed upon, when he had a mind to speak with me.

(Fantome raps again. A B I G A L. Very well, I hear you; come fox, come out of your hole.

Scene opens and FANTOM E comes out.



Drum in the wardrobe, till you have occasion for it.


may leave


F Α Ν Τ Ο Μ Ε. Well, Mrs. Abigal, I want to hear what is a doing in the world.

ABIGA L. You are a very inquifitive spirit. But I must tell


you do not take care of yourself, you will be laid this evening.

FANTOM E. I have overheard something of that matter. But lec me alone for the Doctor'll engage to give a good account of him.

I am more in pain about Tinsel. When a Lady's in the case, I am more afraid of one Fop than twenty Conjurers.

A BIG AL To tell you truly, he presses his attacks with so much impudence, that he has made more progress with my Lady in two days, than you did in two months.

F AN T O M E. I shall attack her in another manner, if thou canst but procure me another interview. There's nothing makes a lover so keen, as being kept up in the dark.

A B I G A L. Pray no more of your distant bows, your respectful compliments-Really, Mr. Fantome, you're only fit to make love across a tea-table.

My dear Girl! I can't forbear hugging thee for thy

A BI GA L. Ay, now I have some hopes of you ; but why don't you do fo to my Lady!

FANTOME. Child, I always thought your Lady lov'd to be treated with respect.

Believe me, Mr. Fantome, there is not so great a
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good advice.

come, I muft

difference between woman and woman as you imagine. You see Tinsel has nothing but his faucinels to recommend him.

FANTOM E. Tinsel is too great a coxconib to be capable of love -And let me tell thee, Abigal, a man who is fincere in his patsion, makes but a very aukward profession of it but I'll mend my manners.

A BIG A L. Ay, or you'll never gain a widowtutor you a little ; fuppose me to be my Lady, and let une see how you'll behave yourself.

FANTOM E. I'm afraid, child, we han't time for fuch a piece of mummery.

ABIGA L. Oh, it will be quickly over, if you play your part well.

F Α Ν Τ Ο Μ Ε.
Why then, dear Mrs. Ab--I mean my Lady Truman,

Ay! but you han't faluted me.

FANTOM E. That's right ; Faith, I forgot that circumstance. [Kifes ber.) Ne&ar and Ambrofia !




F AN T O M E. How long must I be condemned to languish! when fhall my sufferings have an end! my lite ! my happiness, any all is wound up in you..

Well! why don't you squeeze my hand ?

F Α Ν Τ Ο Μ Ε.
What, thus ?


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Thus ? Aymnow throw your arm about

my middle; hug me closer, You are not afraid of hurting me! now pour forth a volley of rapture and nonsense, till you are out of breath.

FANTOM E. Transport and ecstasy! where an I! my life! my bliss ! I rage, I burn, 1 bleed, I die!

Go on, go on.

F AN T O M E. Flames and darts- -bear me to the gloomy_shade, rocks and grottoes-flowers, Zepbyrs, and purling treams.

Oh! Mr. Fantome,


have a tongue would undo a vestal! you were born for the ruin of our sex.

F Α Ν Τ Ο Μ Ε.
This will do then, Abigal?

A BIGA L. Ay, this is talking like a lover. Though I only represent my Lady, I take a pleasure in hearing you. Well, o'my conscience, when a nan of sense has a little dash of the coxcomb in him, no woman can resist him. Go on at this rate, and the thousand pound is as good as in my pocket.

F AN T O M E. I fhall think it an age till I have an opportunity of putting this leffon into practice.

A BI GA L. You may do it foon, if you make good use of your time; Mr. Tinsel will be here with my Lady at eight, and at nine the Conjurer is to take you in hand.

F Α Ν Τ Ω Μ Ε.
Let me alone with both of them.

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ABIGAL Well! forewarnd, fore-arin’d,' Get into your box, and I'll endeavour to dispose 'every thing in your favour.

[Fantome goes in, exit Abigal.

Enter V. E'L'LU'N.

V E L L U M. Mrs. Abigal is withdrawn I was in hopes to have heard what pass'd between Het and her invisible correspondent.


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Enter TT

TINSE L. Vellum! Vellum!, ,

Vellum! We are methinks very familiar; I am not
usid to be calld so by any but their Ho--nours. [Afide.]
What would you, Mr. Tinfel?!

T 1 N S E L.
Let ine beg a favour of thee, old gentleman.

V E L L U M.
What is that, good Sir ?)

T I N S E L. Pr’ythee run and fetch me the rent-roll of thy Lady's eftate.

VELLU M. The rent-roll?

T INSEL, The rent-roll ? ay, the rent-roll! doft not understand what that means ?

V E L L U M.
Why, have you thoughts of purchasing it?

T I N S E L.
Thou hast hit it, old boy; that is my very intention.

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