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Sir GEORGE.

Hufh, here fhe comes! oh my heart!

Enter LADY and ABIGAL.

Sir GEORGE.

[Afide, while Vellum talks in dumb fhow to Lady.] O that lov'd woman! how I long to take her into my arms! if I find I am ftill dear to her memory, it will be a return to life indeed! But I muft take care of indulging this tenderness, and put on a behaviour more fuitable to my present character.

[Walks at a distance, in a penfive posture, waving bis wand.

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LADY. [To Vellum.]

This is furprizing indeed! fo all the fervants tell me ; they fay he knows every thing that has happened in the family.

ABIGAL. [Afide.]

A parcel of credulous fools! they firft tell him their fecrets, and then wonder how he comes to know them. [Exit Vellum, exchanging fond looks with Abigal.

LADY.

Learned Sir, may I have fome converfation with you, before you begin your ceremonies?

Sir GEORGE.

Speak! but hold-firft let me feel your pulfe.

LADY.

What can you learn from that?

Sir GEORGE..

I have already learnt a fecret from it, that will aftonifh you.

LADY.

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Sir GEORGE.

You will have a hufhand within this half hour.
A BIG AL. [Afide.]

I'm glad to hear that-he muft mean Mr. Fantome; I begin to think there's a great deal of truth in his art.

LADY.

Alas! I fear you mean I fhall fee Sir George's apparition a fecond time.

Sir GEORGE.

Have courage, you shall fee the apparition no more. The husband I mention fhall be as much alive as I am. ABIGA L.

Mr. Fantome to be fure.

[Afide.

LADY.

Impoffible! I lov'd my firft too well.

Sir GEORG E.

You could not love the first better than you will love the fecond.

ABIGAL. [Afide.]

I'll be hang'd if my dear steward has not instructed him; he means Mr. Fantome to be fure; the thousand pound is our own!

LADY.

Alas! you did not know Sir George.
Sir GEORGE.

As well as I do myfelf-I faw him with you in the red damask room, when he first made love to you; your mother left you together, under pretence of receiving a vifit from Mrs. Hawthorn, on her return from London. LADY.

This is astonishing!

Sir GEORGE.

You were a great admirer of a fingle life for the first half hour; your refufals then grew ftill fainter and fainter. With what ecfyafy did. Sir George kifs your hands, when you told him you fhould always follow the advice of your Mamma! LADY.

LADY.

Every circumftance to a tittle?

Sir GEORGE

Then, Lady! the wedding night! I faw you in white fattin night-gown; you would not come out of your dreffing-room, till Sir George took you out by force. He drew you gently by the handftruggled-but he was too ftrong for you-you blush'd,

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LADY.

Oh! ftop there! go no further!-he knows every thing. [Afide.

ABIGA L.

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Truly, Mr. Conjurer, I believe you have been a wag in your youth.

Sir GEORGE.

Mrs. Abigal, you know what your good word coft Sir George, a purfe of broad pieces, Mrs. Abigal.

ABIGA L.

The devil's in him. [Afide.] Pray, Sir, fince you have told fo far, you should tell my Lady that I refus'd to take them.

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Sir GEORGE.

'Tis true, child, he was forc'd to thrust them into your bofom.

ABIGAL.

This rogue will mention the thousand pound, if I don't take care. [Afide.] Pray, Sir, though you are a Conjurer, methinks you need not be a Blab.

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LADY.

Sir, fince I have no reason to doubt of your art, r muft beseech you to treat this apparition gently-it has the refemblance of my deceas'd husband; if there any undiscover'd fecret, any thing that troubles his reft, learn it of him.

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Sir GEORGE.

I must to that end be fincerely informed by you, whether your heart be engaged to another; have not you received the addreffes of many lovers fince his death?

LADY

I have been obliged to receive more vifits than have been agreeable.

Sir GEORGE.

Was not Tinfel welcome?-I'm afraid to hear an anfwer to my own question.

[Afide.

LADY.

He was well recommended.

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I'm recover'd.

LADY.

Tortures!

LADY.

Heir to a confiderable eftate!

Sir GEORGE.

Death! [Afide.] And you ftill love him?tracted!

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Sir GEORGE.

LADY.

No, I defpife him. I found he had a design upon my fortune, was bafe, profligate, cowardly, and ev'ry thing that could be expected from a man of the vileft principles!

Sir GEORGE.

[Afide.

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ABIGA L.

Oh, Madam, had you feen how like a scoundrel he look'd when he left your Ladyfhip in a fwoon. Where have you left my Lady? fays I. In an elbow-chair, child, fays he: And where are you going? fays I. To

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town, child, fays he: For to tell thee truly, child, says he, I don't care for living under the fame roof with the Devil, fays he.

Sir GEORGE.

Well, Lady, I fee nothing in all this that may hinder Sir George's fpirit from being at reft.

LADY.

If he knows any thing of what paffes in my heart, he cannot but be fatisfied of that fondnefs which I bear

to his memory. My forrow for him is always fresh when I think of him. He was the kindeft, trucft, tenderef-Tears will not let me go on

Sir GEORGE.

-I thail difcover myself
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This quite overpowers m before my time. [file] retire and leave me to myfelf.

Succefs attend you!

ABIGA L.

I wish Mr. Fantome gets well off from this old Don. -I know he'll be with him immediately.

[Exeuni Lady and Abigal.

LADY.

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My heart is now at eafe, fhe is the fanie dear woman I left her- now for my revenge upon Fantone.———I fhall cut the ceremonies fhort-a few words will do his bufinefs- -now let me feat myfelf in formgood easy-chair for a Conjurer this!now for a few mathematical fcratches-a good lucky fcrawl, thatfaith I think it looks very aftrological-thefe two or three magical pot-hooks about it, make it a compleat Conjurer's fcheme. [Drum beats.] Ha, ha, Sir, are you

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