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Technically, he wasn’t seeing her

Theodore Hook’s The invisible girl: a piece in one act dates to 1806. The young lady in question, one Harriet Falkland, has lots of lines and an enthusiastic suitor, but the play contrives to have her unseen, behind the scenes or otherwise out of the line of sight, for its entire length. (Google has it as an e-book.)

I suspect this was intended as a send-up of the popular Parisian “Invisible Woman” shows of that decade, in which audience members were invited to interact with the feminine occupant of a seemingly-empty room.

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