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Sir GEORGE. A woman.

GARDINER". How could he know that

(Afde. Sir GEORGE. Go on.

GARDINER, This woman has lately hadtwo children at a, bịrth.

Sir GEORGE. Twins.

GARDINER. Prodigious! where could he hear that?

(Afider Sir: GEORG Ę. Proceed.

GARDINER. Now, because I used to meet her sometimes in the garden, she has taid them both-A

Sir GEORG E. To thee.

GARDIN E R. What a power of learning he muft have! he knows every thing. (Afede. Sir GEORGE. Haft thou done?

G A R DIN E R. I would desire to know whether I am really father to them both? Sir GEORG E.

1 Stand before me, let me survey the round. } [Lays his hand upon his head, and makes him turd abaut.

COACHM A N. Look yonder, Jobs, the filly dog is turning about under the conjurer's wand. If he has been faucy to hin, we shall see him puffed off in a whirlwind immediately. 10

Sir GEORG E.,, Twins, doft thou saylish (Still turning him



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Ay; are they both mine, d'ye think?

Own but one of them. ' IV

GARDIN E R. Ah, but Mrs. Abigal will have me trke care of them both-she's always for the butler--if my poor master Sir George had been alive, he would have made him go halves with me.

Wbat, was Sir George a kind master?

Was he ! ay, my fellow-fervants will bear me witness.

Did you love Sir George?

Every body loved him

COACHMAN. There was not a dry eye in the parish at the news of his death,

He was the best neighbour

The kindeft husband

The truest friend to the poor

BU T L E R. My good Lady took on mightily, we all thought it would have been the death of her

Sir GEORG E. I protest- these fellows melt me! I think the time long until I am their master again, that I may be kind to them.


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VELLUM. Have you provided the Doctor every thing he has occalion for? if foryou may depart. [Exeunt Servants.

Sir GEORG E., I can as yet fee no hurt in


wife's behaviour ; but still have some certain pangs and doubts, that are natural to the heart of a fond inan. I'must take the advantage of my disguise to be thoroughly satisfied. It would neither be for her happiness, hor inine, to make myself known to her till I am so (Afde.)-Dear Vellum ! I am impatient to hear some news of my wife, how does the after her fright?

VELLUM. It is a saying some where in my Lord Coke, that a widow

I ask of iny wife, and thou talk'st to me of


Lord Coke pr’ytheę tell me how she does, for I am in pain for her.

V E L L U M. She is pretty well recovered, Mrs. Abigal has put her in good heart; and I have given her great hopes from

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•^ That I think cannot fail, since thou hast got this secret out of Abigal. But I could not have thought my friend Fantome would have served me thus

V E L L U M.
You will ftill fancy you are a living man

! Sir GEORG E.
That he should endeavour to ensnare my wife

V E L L U M. You have no right in her, after your demise : Death


extinguishes all property, - Quoad banc-it is a maxim in

Sir' GEORGE. A pox on your learning! well, but what's become of Tinsel?

V E L L U M. He rushed out of the house, called for his horse, clapped spurs to his sides, and was out of light in less time than 1

- tell ten.

Sir Ġ EORG E. This is whiinsical enough! my wife will have a quick succession of lovers, in one day Fantome has driven out Tinsel, and I shall drive oui Fantome.

V E L L U M. Ev'n as one wedge driveth out another whe, he, he! you must pardon me for being jocular.

Sir GEORGE. Was there ever such a provoking blockhead! but he means me well. [Afide.} Well! I must have satisfaction of this traitor Fantome ; and cannot take a more proper one, than by turning him out of my house, in a manner that shall throw shame upon him, and make him ridiculous as long as he lives.

-You must rem member, Vellum, you have abundance of business upon your hands, and I have but just time to tell it' you over; all 1 require of you is dispatch, therefore hear


VELLUM. There is nothing more requisite in business than dispatch

Then hear me.

It is indeed the life of business

Hear ine then, I say?

VELLUM. And as one has rightly observed, the benefit that attends it is four-fold. First

Sir GEORGE. There is no bearing this! thou art a going to describe dispatch, when thou should it be practiling it.

V ELLU M. But your Ho--nour will not give me the hearing

Sir GEORG E. Thou wilt not give me the hearing [Angrily.

V E L L U M. I am still.

Sir GEORGE. In the first place, you are to lay my wig, hat, and sword, ready for me in the closet, and one of my scarlet coats. You know how Abigal has described the ghoft to you.

VELLUM. It shall be done.

Sir GEORG E. Then you must remember, whilft I am laying this ghost, you are to prepare my wife for the reception of her real husband ; tell her the whole story, and do it with all the art you are mafter of, that the surprise may not be too great for her.

VELLUM. It shall be done-but' since her Ho--nour has seen this apparition, she desires to see you once more, before you encounter it.

Sir GEORGE. I shall expect her impatiently. For now I can talk to her without being interrupted by that impertinent rogue Tinsel. I hope thou hast not told Abigal any thing of the secret,

V ELLUM Mrs. Abigal is a woman ;

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