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The Mystery: An Unfinished Play

The Mystery: An Unfinished Comedy Dedication To the Revd George Austen Sir, I humbly solicit your Patronage to the following Comedy, which tho’ an unfinished one, is I flatter myself as complete a Mystery as any of its kind. I am Sir your most Humle Servant The Author     Dramatis Personae   Men Women Colonel ElliottSir Edward Spangle Old Humbug Young Humbug and Corydon Fanny Elliott Mrs Humbug and Daphne     Act the First Scene the lstst A Garden. Enter Corydon. Cory. But Hush! I am interrupted. (Exit Corydon) Enter Old Humbug and his Son, talking. Old Hum. It is for that reason I wish you to follow my advice. Are you convinced of its propriety? Young Hum. I am, Sir, and will certainly manner you have pointed out to me. Old Hum. Then let us return to the House. (Exeunt) Scene the 2d A Parlour in Humbug’s House. Mrs Humbug and Fanny, discovered at work. Mrs Hum. You understand me, my Love? Fanny. Perfectly ma’m. Pray continue your narration. Mrs Hum. Alas! it is nearly concluded, for I have nothing more to say on the Subject. Fanny. Ah! here’s Daphne. Enter Daphne. Daphne. My dear Mrs Humbug, how d’ye do? Oh! Fanny, t’is all over. Fanny. It is indeed! Mrs Hum. I’m very sorry to hear it. Fanny. Then t’was to no purpose that I …. Daphne. None upon Earth. Mrs Hum. And what is to become of? ….. Daphne. Oh! that’s all settled. (whispers Mrs Humbug) (more…)
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Love & Freindship

Letter the First from Isabel to Laura How often, in answer to my repeated intreaties that you would give my Daughter a regular detail of the Misfortunes and Adventures of your Life, have you said “No, my freind, never will I comply with your request till I may be no longer in Danger of again experiencing such dreadful ones.” Surely that time is now at hand. You are this day 55. If a woman may ever be said to be in safety from the determined Perseverance of disagreeable Lovers and the cruel Persecutions of obstinate Fathers, surely it must be at such a time of Life. Isabel. Letter 2nd Laura to Isabel ALTHO’ I cannot agree with you in supposing that I shall never again be exposed to Misfortunes as unmerited as those I have already experienced, yet to avoid the imputation of Obstinacy or ill-nature, I will gratify the curiosity of your Daughter; and may the fortitude with which I have suffered the many afflictions of my past Life, prove to her a useful lesson for the support of those which may befall her in her own. Laura. Letter 3rd Laura to Marianne AS the Daughter of my most intimate freind, I think you entitled to that knowledge of my unhappy story, which your Mother has so often solicited me to give you. My Father was a native of Ireland and an inhabitant of Wales; my Mother was the natural Daughter of a Scotch Peer by an Italian Opera-girl (more…)