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Enter a DOCTOR.

DOCTOR.
What did you say was his disorder? Tell me, respected sir. Is he harassed by sprites1, or is he frenzied? Let me know. Is it lethargy, or is it dropsy, that possesses him?

OLD MAN
Why, I'm bringing you for that reason, that you may tell me that, and make him convalescent.

DOCTOR.
That indeed is a very easy matter. Why, I shall heal innumerable times as many2 in the day.

OLD MAN
I wish him to be treated with great attention.

DOCTOR.
That he shall be healed, I promise that on my word; so with great attention will I treat him for you.

OLD MAN
Why, see! here's the man himself.

DOCTOR.
Let's watch what matter he's about. (They stand aside.)

1 Harassed by sprites: "Larvatus aut cerritus." The "larvati" were mad persons, supposed to be afflicted with ghosts or spectres; while the "cerriti" were persons who were thought to be visited with madness by the Goddess Ceres.

2 Innumerable times as many: The Doctor is bragging of his extersive practice.

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