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In Three Acts.
ies BY MRS. INCHBALD. 76.3-1821
PRINTED FROM THE ACTING COPY, WITH REMARKS,
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL.
To which are added,
A DESCRIPTION OF THE COSTUME,-CAST OF THE CHARACTERS,
A's now Performed at the
·EMBELLISHED WITH A FINE WOOD ENGRAVING,
By Mr. BONNER, from a Drawing taken in the Theatre by
Mr. R. CRUIKSHANK.
JOHN CUMBERLAND, 19, LUDGATE HILL.
to Jan. al. Era
This Farce is of French origin ; it is a laughable satire on one of the many whimsies that have periodically bewitched the minds of men-“ Animal Magnetism.” La Fleur, an intriguing valet in the service of the Marquis de Lancy, under the assumed title of Doctor Mystery, a learned prufessor of the magnetic art, introduces himself into the house of an old physician, the guardian and lover of a young lady of whom the Marquis is enamoured, and offers to impart to him the wonderful secret of a certain wand, with which, by holding in a particular position, he will so direct the animal fluid, that it shall immediately give the said physician an excruciating rheumatism of two hours' duration, changing the paroxysm to a violent fit of the gout, then to convulsious, and finally to a raging fever.This interesting experiment the old gentleman very naturally prefers seeing tried on someone else : La Fleur, therefore, proposes to introduce a patient of his, (the Marquis, in disguise,) whom the faculty have given over as incurable, in order that the Doctor may be convinced, by ocular demonstration, of the healing and sublime art of “ Animal Magnetism." This proposal, after some qualnıs on the Doctor's part, is at length agreed to, and now the plot begins to work. The magnetic wand is in general circulation. Behold it first in the hand of the Doctor, exerting its magic influence on the mistress and the maid, who, as a matter of course, fall desperately in love with him. And here arises a dilemma ; for, as it is no part of the old gentleman's plan to inspire both ladies with a passion for him, the affection of Lisette becomes exceedingly troublesome; in order, therefore, to get rid of it, he transfers the wand to one Master Jeffrey, who, having first been bitten by a mad dog, has had one eye put out by the Doctor, that he might make sure of the other-when lo! Mistress and Maid become enamoured, as usual. This sudden turn is no less perplexing to the Doctor; he impatieutly suatches away the wand, and hurries off Jeffrey, to compound some medicines, though not before he had received a slap or two on the face from Lisette, (the effect having ceased with the cause,) for his amorous presumption. The