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Princess de Montarcy - I was in bed reading, when I heard my name spoken in a dying voice. I saw the count, dead and stretched out on the floor with a small bottle in one hand and my photograph in the other

Identifier

025019

Type of spiritual experience

Hallucination

A description of the experience

Death and its Mystery: After Death – Camille Flammarion

Princess de Montarcy gave me an account of the following personal experience (her letter was dated December 10, 1920)

At twenty I was engaged to a Hungarian count; we loved each other dearly. But my “mother,” the Duchess of B- (I was an adopted daughter), had other plans for me, and she took me to Rome, where some days later she told me that the count had broken off the engagement.

I answered that I did not believe this. As a result of anxiety I fell ill in Rome, and, as soon as I was better, was taken to Spa.

On September 30th, having been most unwell for two days, I was in bed reading, when I heard my name spoken in a dying voice.

I looked up involuntarily, and saw the count, dead and stretched out on the floor (he had on white trousers, a blue shirt, and was without a vest), with a small bottle in one hand and my photograph in the other. I uttered a cry.

The chambermaid came in with the newspapers from Paris. I opened the “GiI Blas,” a, newspaper which I never read, and  saw on the first page that the count had been found in his room, dead from morphine poisoning, on September 28th. These two experiences made an impression which will last all my life.

(Letter 4342.)

PRINCESS DE MONTARCY

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

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Observation contributed by: Francis Keeble