Monsieur Netom, a printer, is most disagreeably surprised by having his feet pulled violently
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Death and its Mystery: After Death – Camille Flammarion
A correspondent who said that his name was for my eyes only wrote me from Paris on April 30, 1899:
I have the honor of telling you of the following experience, which bears out the results of your investigation. My clear recollection of it justifies me in guaranteeing its authenticity.
I had Monsieur Netom, a printer, at breakfast at my home. He said to my wife and. me:
"I was most disagreeably surprised last night. I was waked up, suddenly, by a feeling as though my feet were being pulled violently; you can't think how painful it was.”
I attributed this feeling of his to nerves or muscles affected by some physical cause, as happens, at times, during sleep. Then the conversation took another turn, but Monsieur Netom again brought up the experience of the night before, as though it had impressed him strongly. We were not thrown together again until a year from that date. Then we saw him and he said to us:
"Since we were last together, I have learned of some one’s death. .-. . Well, his death coincided day for day-or, rather, night for night-with the night on which I felt that odd sensation-of my feet being pulled!”
“What connection was there?”
“It's extraordinary! We'd always told each other that the one who died first should go and pull the other’s feet !”
“Are you sure of the coincidence in dates ?”
“Heavens ! if you speak to me like an examining magistrate I’ll have to admit that I didn't make a precise note of the date. What I’m certain of is that the date of the death was within the period. When you extended your hospitality to me; I can answer for that. And, besides, I can state positively that I was no more thinking of that friend than of the Sultan of Turkey, at the moment when the phenomenon occurred.'