Mrs L dreams of bad behaviour in public by Welsh clergymen - An Experiment with Time
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
AN EXPERIMENT WITH TIME BY J. W. DUNNE [SECOND EDITION]
Mrs. L., the next person to try, got an excellent result on the very first night. It related, however, to two separate experiences which occurred during the following week. The two-day limit was here exceeded ; but the correspondence was so clear that the result came under the rule permitting an extension of the limit in exceptional cases.
The waking experiences concerned two public meetings at Corwen. Mrs. L. went to one of these, and, in describing it to me afterwards, told me she was surprised at the large number of clergymen who seemed to have arrived out of the void to fill the building; for it did not seem to her that there was anything in the business before the meeting which could be of special interest to the Church.
She was not present at the other meeting. But my sister was there, and she told Mrs. L. of her experiences. On putting her head in at the door she found a regular pandemonium in progress. She was about to withdraw discreetly, when the chairman, catching sight of her, called out : " Come in, Miss Dunne, and see how we Welsh fight!"
In Mrs. L’s dream she was at a public meeting, and was greatly annoyed by the interruptions of a clergyman in the audience, who, instead of allowing the business to proceed, insisted on preaching a sort of sermon ending in a prayer. She expostulated. The clergyman leaned so far back that he touched her. Another man in the audience pushed against her arm. She rose, and, thumping a table cried : " Who is responsible for the behaviour of the audience ? I know the Welsh are notorious for bad behaviour in public, but I will not have it here."
Mrs. L. forgot all about this dream after writing it down. Its record, was not re-read by her after the second day, and so she missed it when the two meetings occurred later in the week. It was only by chance that I happened to look back through the notes and discovered it.