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near an hour, to supplicate this poor simple decrepid fool of the old Doctor's to open me the garden gate for a moment : Jeffrey !
[Calls. Con. The Doctor has lately appointed Jeffrey his apothecary-he is busy preparing of medicines, and will be angry at beiug disturbed.
Lis. No matter-it may save the life of some of his master's patients. Enter JEFFREY, L. S. E.; a bandage on his left eye, and one
un his right leg. Jef. [Comes between them.] You made me overthrow the whole decoction.
Lis. Great apothecary!
Con. (R.) And alone worthy the physician under whom you have received instructions.
Jef. I am very sorry I overthrew the decoction, for it was for ny use-my leg is in pain still, and I am not yet satisfied the dog was not mad.
Lis. (..) I tell you, I am sure he was not ; and, had you. suffered him to live, it would have proved so.
Jef. My master ordered me to kill him.
Lis. Merely to make you believe he was mad, and to show his skill by pretending to preserve you from the infection.
Jef. Nay, don't speak against my master.
Jef. He; and, thank heaven, Lisette, I shall not suffer any more from that!
Lis. Why, ther, do you wear a bandage ?
Jef. He was so kind to put my left eye out, in order to save the right.
Con. Well, still you are more fortunate than the God of Love ; for he has no eyes at all
Jef. And I shall have two, very soon, for my master has promised me to buy me one at the great manufactory, which will be much handsomer than either of my other-a very handsome glass one.
Lis. And if the Doctor will remake you thus, piece by piece, in time, my dear Jeffrey, you may become a very pretty mau :-but you know, Jeffrey, I love you even as you are.
Jef. Love me that's a good joke-Lisette, I am afraid you want something of me, you speak to me so pleasantly, Lis. Want soinething of you-how could such an idea enter your head ?
Jef. Because, when you don't want something of me, you huff me, and cuff me,—from morning to night, eh, eh ! you look no more as you do now. Why, if I was dying, I. durst hardly speak to you.
Lis. Well, henceforward you shall have no reason to complain, But do you know, Jeffrey, I have a little favour to
ask of you.
Jef. Aye! I thought som
Con. (R.) My dear Jeffrey, we will make you any recompence.
Jef. (c.) What is it you want? If I can do it without offending my master, I will.
Lis. (L.) if you don't tell him, he'll never know it
Jef. But I tell him every thing-he pays me my wages for telling--and I must not take them without earning them.
Con. If money is of such value to you, here, take my purse.
Jef. No; it is not money I want, it is something else.
Jef. [Looking at Lisette with affection.) Oh! Mrs. Lisette, you know what I want, but you always denied me.
Lis. Pshaw! if I could grant it, indeed, without my master knowing it
Jef. Oh! I won't tell him of that, I protest.
Lis. Oh! if that's all, after you have obliged us, you shall have twenty.
Jef. But I had rather have one now, than the twenty you promise after.
Lis. Come then, make haste, if it must be so.
Jef. [After saluting her.] Oh! the first kies of the girl. one loves, is so sweet.
Lis. Now you are ready to comply with our request ?
Jef. In the first place, I have not got the key-my master took it with him when he went out.
Lis. You know you tell a falsehood : he has not got it is this your bargain and your gratitude ?
Jef. Nay, if you are angry at that, give me the kiss again.
Lis. Ugly, foolish, yet artful and cnnning wretch! leave the room! You make love to me, indeed? Why, I always hated you, laughed at you, and despised you.
Jef. [Crosses, L.] I know that.-Did not.I tell you, when you spoke so kindly to me, you wanted something; how then could you expect me to oblige you?
Lis. J shall ever detest the sight of you.
Jef. Unless you want something, and then you'll call me again, and then I shall kiss you again. Ha, ha, ha!
[Exit, shewing the key, L. Lis. I never was so provoked in my life.
Con. My dear Lisette, if our two lovers, the Marquis and his servant, prove no more fortunate in their schemes, than we have been in ours, I fear I must, according to his desire, marry the Doctor—and you. Jeffrey. Lis. I marry Jeffrey !-Here comes the Doctor.
Enter DOCTOR, L. Doc. (L.) What an indignity!-- I can't put up with it-I. can't bear it-I'm ready to choak with passion!
Con. (R.) Dear sir, what is the matter ?
Doc. A conspiracy of the blackest kind. [Crosses, c.] Man's weakness is arrived to its highest summit; and there is nothing wanting but merit, to draw upon us the most cruel persecution.
Lis. (L.) Ah! I understand—the faculty have been conspiring against you.
Doc. (c.) They have refused to grant me a diploma-forbid me to practise as a physician ; and all because I dov't know a parcel of insignificant words, but exercise my profession according to the rules of reason and nature. Is it not natural to die? Then, if a dozen or two of my patients have died under my hands, is not that natural ?
Lis. Very natural, indeed.
Doc. But, thank heaven! in spite of the scandalous reports of my euemies, I have this morning nine visits to make.
Con. Very true, sir : a young ward has sent for you, attend his guardian-three nephews have sent for you, to attend their uncles, very rich men--and five husbands have
sent for you, in great haste, to attend their wives.
Doc. And is not that a sign they think what I can do ? Is it not a sign they have the highest opinion of my skill ? And the faculty shall see I will rise superior to their machinations. I have entered upon a project, that, I believe, will teaze them, I have made overtures to one of their professed enemies, a man whom they have crushed, and who is the chief of a sect just sprung up; of which, perhaps, you never heard, for simply, by the power of magnetism, they can cure any ill, or inspire any passion.
Con. Is it possible ?
Doc. Yes-aud every effect is produced upon the frame, merely by the power of the magnet, which is held in the hand of the physician, as a wand of a conjuror is held in his; and it produces wonders in physic, equally surprising.
Con. And will you become of this new sect?
Doc. If they will receive we--and by this time the president has, I dare say, received my letter, and I wait impatiently for an answer.
(A knock, L. Enter JEFFREY. Jef. A Doctor, at the door, desires to speak with you. Doc. A Doctor in my house?
Lis. I dare say, it is the magnetizing Doctor you have been writing to.
Duc. Very likely-I dare say 'tis Doctor Mystery; shew him in, Jeffrey. [Crosses, L. C. Jef. Please to walk this way, sir. [Exit Jeffrey, L.
Enter La FLEUR, dressed as a Doctor. L. La Fleur. (L.) Doctor, I hope I have your pardon, that, though no farther acquaintance than by letter, I thus wait upon you to pay my respects.
Con. [To Lisette, R.] It is the same I saw with the Marquis.
Lis. (R. C.) [Aside.] And it is La Fleur, his valet.
La Fleur. And to assure you, that I, and all my brethren, have the highest respect for your talents, and shall be happy to have you a member of our society.
Doc. (L. c.) I presume, sir, you are Doctor Mystery, author and first discoverer of that healing and sublime art, Animal Magnetism.
La Fleur. I am.
you and the
to become acquainted with the forms and effects of your power is scarcely to be repressed a moment. Will you indulge ine with the smallest specimen of your art, just to satisfy my curiosity ?
Lu Fleur. You are then entirely ignorant of it?
La Fleur. And so am i. [Aside.] Hem-hem--you must know, Doctor.
Doc. Shall I send the women out of the room?
a specimen of my art directly. You know, Doctor, there is an universal Auid, which spreads throughout all nature.
Doc. A fluid ?
La Fleur. Yes, a fluid-which is-a-fluid—and you know, Doctor, that this fluid-generally called a fluid is the most subtle of all that is the most subtle.—Do you understand me?
Doc. Yes, yes
La Fleur. It ascends on high, (Looking down.] and descends on low, [looking up.] penetrates all substances, from the hardest metal to the softest boson-you understand me, I perceive ?
Doc. Not very well.
La Fleur. This fluid is like a river-You know what a river is ?
Doc. Yes, certainly.
La Fleur. This fluid is like a river, that—that runs that-goes-that--- gently glides-so-so-s0—while there is nothing to stop it-But if it encounters a mound or any other impediment-boo-boo-500—it bursts forth-it overflows the country round-throws down villages, hamlets, houses, trees, cows, and lambs; but remove obstacles which obstruct its course, and it begins again, softly and sweetly, to flow-thus--thus-thus—the fields are again adorned, and every thing goes on, as well as it can go on. -Thus it is with the animal fluid, which fluid obeys the command of my art.
Doc. Surprising art! but what are the means you employ?
La Fleur. Merely gestures--or a simple touch.
Doc. Astonishing ! give me soine proof of your art directly; do satisfy my curiosity.