Fanny and her maid, Betty, are discussing Fanny's secret marriage to
MA'am! Miſs Fanny! Ma'am!
Fanny. What's the matter! Betty!
Betty. Oh la! Ma'am! as ſure as I'm alive, here is your huſband—
Fanny. Huſh! my dear Betty! if any body in the houſe ſhould hear you, I am ruined.
Betty. Mercy on me! it has frighted me to ſuch a degree, that my heart is come up to my mouth.—But as I was a ſaying, Ma'am, here's that dear, ſweet—
Fanny. Have a care! Betty.
Betty. Lord! I'm bewitched, I think.—But as I was a ſaying, Ma'am, here's Mr. Lovewell juſt come from London.
Betty. Yes, indeed, and indeed, Ma'am, he is. I ſaw him croſſing the court-yard in his boots.
Fanny. I am glad to hear it.—But pray now, my dear Betty, be cautious. Don't mention that word again on any account. You know, we have agreed never to drop any expreſſions of that ſort for fear of