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Hush, here she comes! oh my heart!

Enter LADY and ABIGA L.

Sir GEORG E. [Afde, while Vellum talks in damb foow to Lady.] O that loved woman! how I long to take her into my arms! if I find I am still dear to her memory, it will be a return to life indeed! But I must take care of indulging this tenderness, and put on a behaviour more suitable to my present character.

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

LADY. (To Vellum.] This is furprizing indeed! so all the servants tell me ; they say he knows every thing that has happened in the family.

ABIGA L. 'Afde.) A parcel of credulous fools! they first tell him their secrets, and then wonder how he comes to know them. [Exit Vellum, exchanging fond looks with Abigal.

L A Dr. Learned Sir, may I have some conversation with you, before you begin your ceremonies ?

Speak! but hold-first let me feel your pulse.

What can you learn from that?

I have already learnt a secret from it, that will asto-

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You will have a hushand within this half hour.

A BIG A L. [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.

L A Dr. Alas! I fear you mean I shall see Sir George's apparition a second time.

Sir GEORG E. Have courage, you shall see the apparition no more. The husband I inention shall be as much alive as I am.

A B IGA L. Mr. Fantome to be sure.

[Afidi. LADY. Impossible! I lov'd my first too well.

Sir GEORG E. You could not love the first better than you will love the second.

A BIG AL. (Afde.] I'll be hang'd if my dear steward has not instructed him; he means Mr. Fantome to be sure; the thousand pound is our own!

Ľ A Dr.
Alas! you did not know Sir George.

Sir GEORG E. As well as I do myself-I saw him with you in the red damask room, when he first inade love to you; your mother left you together, under pretence of receiving a visit from Mrs. Hawthorn, on her return from London.

This is astonishing !

Sir GEORG E. You were a great admirer of a single life for the first half hour; your refusals then grew still fainter and fainter. With what ecfyafy did. Sir George kiss your hands, when you told him you should always follow the advice of your Mamma!

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L Å Dr. Every circumstance to a tittle?

Sir GEORG E. Then, Lady! the wedding night! I saw you in your white fattin night-gown ; you would not come out of your drefling-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, he

LA Dr. Oh! stop there! go no further!-he knows every thing.

[Aside. A BI GA L. 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 purse of broad pieces, Mrs. Abigal.

A B 1 G A L. The devil's in him. [Aside.). Pray, Sir, since you have told so far, you should tell my Lady that I refus'd to take them.

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

A B I G A L.

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.

LA Dr.
Sir, since I have no reason to doubt of

your art, I must beseech you to treat this apparition gently-it has the resemblance of my deceas'd husbands if there be

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Sir GEORG E. I muft to that end be fincerely informed by you, whether your heart be engaged to another; have not you received the addresses of many lovers since his death?

LAD r. I have been obliged to receive more visits than have been agreeable.

Sir GEORG E. Was not Tinsel welcome?- I'm afraid to hear an anfwer to my own question.

[Aide. L A Dr. He was well recommended,

Sir GEORG E. Racks!

[ Afde. L A Dr. Of a good family.

Sir GEORG E. Tortures!

[Afide. LADY, Heir to a considerable eftate!

Sir GEORG E. Death! [Afide. And you still love him? - I'm dif

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

Sir GEORG E. l'ın recover'd.

.-[Apule. A BIG A L. Oh, Madam, had you seen how like a scoundrel he lock'd when he left your Ladyship in a swoon. Where have

you lest my Lady? lays I. In an elbow-chair, cluld, says he: And where are you going ? says I. To



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

Sir GEORG E. Well, Lady, I lee nothing in all this that inay hinder Sir George's spirit froin being at rest.

L A Dr. If he knows any thing of what passes in my heart, he cannot but be satisfied of thai fondneis which I bear to his memory.

My sorrow for him is always frelii when I think of him. He was ihe kindeít, truest, tenderef-Tears will not let me go on

Sir GEORG E. This quite overpowers mi-- thail discover myself before my time. [.44.le. ] - Vadam, you may now retire and leave me to mylelf.

LADY. Success attend you !

A BIG A L. I wish Mr. Fantome gets well off from this old Don: I know he'll be with him iminediately.

[Exeuni Lady and Abigai.

Sir Gi

BORGE Solus.

Sir GEORG E. My heart is now at ease, she is the fanie dear woman I left her now for ny revenge upon Fanto:ne.shall cut the ceremonies short-a few words will do his business

-now let me seat inyfelf in forma good easy-chair for a Conjurer this!

--now for a few inatheniatical scratches-a good lucky fcrawl, that, faith I think it looks very astrological these two or three magical pot-hooks about it, make it a compleat Conjurer's scheme. [Drum beats.] Ha, ha, Sir, are


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