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The 'little idiot' who saw her mother die in a dream



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A description of the experience

Death and its Mystery, At the Moment of Death; Manifestations and Apparitions of the Dying – Camille Flammarion

As quoted in Manifestations des Esprit 1857 by Paul Augeux (Hugues).  He was quoting from the Courrier de Lyon

The night of the 27th – 28th, a singular case of intuitive vision occurred in the Croix-Russe quarter, in the following circumstances.

About three months ago Madame and Monsieur B… , who are honest weavers, were moved by a feeling of praiseworthy pity, and took into their home as a servant a young girl from the environs of Bourgoin.  She was virtually idiotic; they had met her on the Brignais road, where their house is situated.

Last Sunday, between two and three o’clock in the morning, they were awakened by her piercing screams; she slept in the workroom which adjoined their bedchamber.

Madame B, lighting a lamp, hastened to her, and found her in a state of over-excitement difficult to describe; she was twisting her arms in terrible convulsions, calling her mother, whom she said she had just seen die before her eyes.

After consoling the poor girl as best she could, Madame B went back to her room.  The incident was almost forgotten, when, yesterday, Tuesday, in the afternoon, the postman brought a letter from the young girl’s guardian, informing her that during the night of Sunday to Monday, between 2 and 3 o’clock in the morning, her mother had died of the effects of a fall from a ladder.

The poor little idiot left just yesterday morning for Bourgoin, accompanied by Monsieur B, there to take over that part of the estate which went to her from her mother, whose deplorable death she had so distressingly seen in a dream.

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

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Brain damage