Countess Toutsehkoff has a prophetic dream of the death of her husband
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Flammarion, C., Carroll, L, - Death and its mystery: before death
244 DEATH AND ITS MYSTERY
This account is of the Quaker Etienne de Grellet. I am giving you his account, as I have copied it down, of his trip into Russia. During his stay at St. Petersburg, the Countess Toutsehkoff told what follows to the Quaker traveler:
"About three months before the entry of the French into Russia, the general her husband was with her on their estate in Toula. She dreamed that while she was in a hotel in an unknown city, her father entered, holding her only son by the hand, and said to her these exact words:
“Your happiness will all end, your husband has fallen, he fell at Borodino”
“She awoke in great distress, but seeing her husband near her she realized that it was a dream and succeeded in falling asleep again.
The dream occurred again and was followed by so much melancholy that it was long before she recovered.
The dream occurred a third time. At this she experienced such anguish that she awoke her husband and asked him, ‘where is Borodino ?'
He did not know. In the morning they both began to search, with their father, on the map of the country, but failed to find it.
At that time it was a very obscure spot, but it became famous through the bloody battle which was fought near it. Nevertheless, the impression which the countess had received was profound and her anxiety was great. Then the theatre of the war moved away; but soon it approached again.
Before the French armies reached Moscow, General Toutsehkoff was put at the head of the reserve army. One morning the father of the countess, holding her young son by the hand, entered the room in the hotel where she was living. He was sad, as she had seen him in her dream, and he said to her:
'He has fallen, he has fallen at Borodino.'
She saw herself in the same room, surrounded by the same objects with which she had been surrounded in her dream.
Her husband had, indeed, been one of the numerous victims of the bloody battle waged upon the banks of the river Boro which gave its name to a little village."
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