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Seeress of Prevorst, the - There, in a passage, at midnight, she beheld a tall, dark form, which passed her with a sigh



Type of Spiritual Experience


Number of hallucinations: 1


A description of the experience

The Seeress of Prevorst [translated by Catherine Crowe]

There was an apartment in the Castle of Lowenstein-an old kitchen-which she [Frederika] could never look into or enter without being much disturbed. . . . To the great regret of her family, this sensibility to spiritual influences, imperceptible to others, soon became too evident; and the first appearance of a spectre (spectre is the term the translator, Catherine Crowe, used for spirit or ghost) to the young girl was in her grandfather's house. There, in a passage, at midnight, she beheld a tall, dark form, which, passing her with a sigh, stood still at the end of the vestibule, turning towards her features that, in her riper years, she well remembered.

This first apparition, as was generally the case with those she saw in after life, occasioned her no apprehension. She calmly looked at it, and then, going to her grandfather, told him that 'there was a very strange man in the passage, and that he should go and see him;' but the old man, alarmed at the circumstance-for he also had seen a similar apparition in the same place, though he had never mentioned it-did all he could to persuade her that she was mistaken, and, from that time, never allowed her to leave the room at night.

The source of the experience

Seeress of Prevorst, the

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