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A woman.

How could he know that?

GARDINER.

Sir GEORGE.

Go on.

GARDINER

This woman has lately had two children at a birth. Sir GEORGE.

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GARDINER.

Prodigious! where could he hear that?
Sir GEORGE.

Proceed.

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Haft thou done?

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GARDINER

Now, because I used to meet her fometimes in the garden, she has laid them both

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Sir GEORGE.

To thee.

GARDINER.

What a power of learning he muft have! he knows every thing.

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GARDINER

I would defire to know whether I am really father to them both?

Sir GEORGE.

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Stand before me, let me furvey thee round. ›

[Lays his hand upon his head, and makes him turn about. COACHMAN.

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Look yonder, John, the filly dog is turning about under the conjurer's wand. If he has been faucy to him, we shall fee him puffed off in a whirlwind immediately. Sir GEORGE..

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Twins, doft thou fay (Still turning him.

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GARDINER.

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

Own but one of them.

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GARDINER.

Ah, but Mrs. Abigal will have me take 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.

Sir GEORGE.

What, was Sir George a kind mafter ?

GARDINER.

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

Did you love Sir George?
BUTLER.

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

GARDINER.

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The kindeft husband

BUTLER.

COACH MAN.

The trueft friend to the poor

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BUTLER.

My good Lady took on mightily, we all thought it would have been the death of her!

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Sir GEORGE.

I proteft thefe fellows melt me! I think the time long until I am their mafter again, that I may be kind to them.

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Enter VELLUM.

VELLUM.

Have you provided the Doctor every thing he has occafion for ? if so—you may depart. [Exeunt Servants. Sir GEORGE.

I can as yet fee no hurt in my wife's behaviour; but ftill have fome certain pangs and doubts, that are natural to the heart of a fond man. I muft take the advantage of my difguife to be thoroughly fatisfied. It would neither be for her happiness, hor mine, to make myself known to her till I am fo [Afide.]-Dear Vellum ! I am impatient to hear fome news of my wife, how does the after her fright?

VELLU M.

It is a faying fome where in my Lord Coke, that a widow

Sir GEORGE.

I ask of my wife, and thou talk'ft to me of my Lord Coke pr'ythee tell me how she does, for I am in pain for her.

VELLUM.

She is pretty well recovered, Mrs. Abigal has put her in good heart; and I have given her great hopes from your skill.

Sir GEORGE.

That I think cannot fail, fince thou haft got this fecret out of Abigal. But I could not have thought my friend Fantome would have served me thus

VELLU M.

You will ftill fancy you are a living man-
Sir GEORGE.

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That he should endeavour to enfnare my wife

VELLU M.

You have no right in her, after your demife: Death

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extinguishes all property,-Quead banc-it is a maxim in the law.

Sir GEORGE.

A pox on your learning! well, but what's become of Tinfel?

VELLU M.

He rushed out of the house, called for his horfe, clapped fpurs to his fides, and was out of fight in less time than 1.

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Sir GEORGE.

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This is whimsical enough! my wife will have a quick fucceffion of lovers, in one day-Fantome has driven out Tinfel, and I shall drive out Fantome.

VELLU M.

Ev'n as one wedge driveth out another-he, he, he! you must pardon me for being jocular.

Sir GEORGE.

Was there ever such a provoking blockhead! but hé means me well. [Afide.] Well! I must have fatisfaction of this traitor Fantome; and cannot take a more proper one, than by turning him out of my house, in a manner that fhall throw fhame upon him, and make him ridiculous as long as he lives. -You must remember, 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

me.

VELLU M.

There is nothing more requifite in bufinefs than difpatch

Sir GEORGE.

Then hear me.

VELLU M.
It is indeed the life of business-
Sir GEORGE.

Hear me then, I fay.

VELLU M.

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

Sir GEORGE.

There is no bearing this! thou art a going to defcribe dispatch, when thou fhould'st be practising it. VELLUM.

But your Ho--nour will not give me the hearing-
Sir GEORGE.
Thou wilt not give me the hearing-
VELLU M.

[Angrily.

I am still.

Sir GEORGE.

In the first place, you are to lay my wig, hat, and fword, ready for me in the closet, and one of my scarlet coats. You know how Abigal has defcribed the ghost to you.

VELLUM.

It fhall be done.

Sir GEORGE.

Then you must remember, whilst I am laying this ghoft, 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 master of, that the surprise may not be too great for her.

VELLUM.

It fhall be done-but fince her Ho--nour has seen this apparition, she defires to fee you once more, before you encounter it.

Sir GEORGE.

I fhall expect her impatiently. For now I can talk to her without being interrupted by that impertinent rogue Tinfel. I hope thou haft not told Abigal any thing of the fecret,

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VELLUM.

Mrs. Abigal is a woman; there are many reasons

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