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345

A young maid from Arpington in the county of Kent, who allegedly has two devils (Anonymous 18 and Anonymous 88) inside of her, causing her to have several fits. During fits, her face would be deformed so that she was unrecognizable. Her "Nerves, Joynts and Sinews, after so wonderful a manner, that they had almost drawn her out of human Shape," although generally, it was agreed she was a comely woman. Her face becomes so contorted that it is believed not her ever relatives would recognize her. She is further described as having a set jaw, and strained eyes, with "her Eye-balls an incredibly way into her Head." Doctor Boreman prays over her, which allegedly slightly improves her condition. Her condition attracts people (Anonymous 449) from far away who all say they have never seen anything like it. The spirits can be heard to groan inside of her belly, causing many spectators to run in fear and surprise. However, one witness, Mrs. Hopper and Doctor Boreman, hear one of the spirits within Anonymous 32 say "weaker and weaker, weaker and weaker" four times over before ceasing to speak. Both these two witness it when the spirits made the maid bark like a dog. At another occasion, when Doctor Boreman prayed over the maid during one of her fits, "a live and seeming substance forc'd its way out of her mouth in likeness of a large Serpent," (Anonymous 18) which then flew around Doctor Boreman's neck. It remains here until some witnesses take it off him, when it vanishes and is never seen again. However, despite being dispossessed by one spirit, Anonymous 32 is still under possession of a spirit (Anonymous 88) which causes her face to contort, and which makes noise whenever the maid moves, both answering questions and making "a hideous murmuring, as if it disliked its present habitation." It seems the maid is never completely dispossessed.(2-3)

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Hopper, Mrs. Strange News from Arpington near Bexly in Kent being a True Narrative of a Young Maid who was Possest with Several Devils or Evil Spirits. London: 1679, 2-3

Anonymous 32 Demoniac
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A young maid from Arpington in the county of Kent, who allegedly has two devils (Anonymous 18 and Anonymous 88) inside of her, causing her to have several fits. During fits, her face would be deformed so that she was unrecognizable. Her "Nerves, Joynts and Sinews, after so wonderful a manner, that they had almost drawn her out of human Shape," although generally, it was agreed she was a comely woman. Her face becomes so contorted that it is believed not her ever relatives would recognize her. She is further described as having a set jaw, and strained eyes, with "her Eye-balls an incredibly way into her Head." Doctor Boreman prays over her, which allegedly slightly improves her condition. Her condition attracts people (Anonymous 449) from far away who all say they have never seen anything like it. The spirits can be heard to groan inside of her belly, causing many spectators to run in fear and surprise. However, one witness, Mrs. Hopper and Doctor Boreman, hear one of the spirits within Anonymous 32 say "weaker and weaker, weaker and weaker" four times over before ceasing to speak. Both these two witness it when the spirits made the maid bark like a dog. At another occasion, when Doctor Boreman prayed over the maid during one of her fits, "a live and seeming substance forc'd its way out of her mouth in likeness of a large Serpent," (Anonymous 18) which then flew around Doctor Boreman's neck. It remains here until some witnesses take it off him, when it vanishes and is never seen again. However, despite being dispossessed by one spirit, Anonymous 32 is still under possession of a spirit (Anonymous 88) which causes her face to contort, and which makes noise whenever the maid moves, both answering questions and making "a hideous murmuring, as if it disliked its present habitation." It seems the maid is never completely dispossessed.(2-3)

Appears in:
Hopper, Mrs. Strange News from Arpington near Bexly in Kent being a True Narrative of a Young Maid who was Possest with Several Devils or Evil Spirits. London: 1679, 2-3

Anonymous 32 Victim
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A doctor from Arpington in the county of Kent, and an acquaintance of Anonymous 32, the maid from Bexly near Arpington who is allegedly possessed by two spirits. He prays next to her often as onlookers (Anonymous 449) come to see Anonymous 32 as her condition deteriorates as a result of the spirits/devils that are in her cause her teeth begin to "squeeze" and her eyes begin to sink into her head. He allegedly hears one of the spirits (Anonymous 18 and Anonymous 88) on one occasion (along with Mrs. Hopper) who barked twice through the maid. He is said to be the maid's most frequent visitant and her state allegedly improved in his presence. On one occasion, while praying over the maid in front of many witnesses, a spirit (Anonymous 18) leaves the maid, and flies towards Doctor Boreman in the form of a snake. It remains wrapped around his neck for some time before some people come forward and try to remove it, causing the snake to vanish and never appear again.(3-4)

Appears in:
Hopper, Mrs. Strange News from Arpington near Bexly in Kent being a True Narrative of a Young Maid who was Possest with Several Devils or Evil Spirits. London: 1679, 3-4

Boreman Doctor Boreman Witness
2265

A doctor from Arpington in the county of Kent, and an acquaintance of Anonymous 32, the maid from Bexly near Arpington who is allegedly possessed by two spirits. He prays next to her often as onlookers (Anonymous 449) come to see Anonymous 32 as her condition deteriorates as a result of the spirits/devils that are in her cause her teeth begin to "squeeze" and her eyes begin to sink into her head. He allegedly hears one of the spirits (Anonymous 18 and Anonymous 88) on one occasion (along with Mrs. Hopper) who barked twice through the maid. He is said to be the maid's most frequent visitant and her state allegedly improved in his presence. On one occasion, while praying over the maid in front of many witnesses, a spirit (Anonymous 18) leaves the maid, and flies towards Doctor Boreman in the form of a snake. It remains wrapped around his neck for some time before some people come forward and try to remove it, causing the snake to vanish and never appear again.(3-4)

Appears in:
Hopper, Mrs. Strange News from Arpington near Bexly in Kent being a True Narrative of a Young Maid who was Possest with Several Devils or Evil Spirits. London: 1679, 3-4

Boreman Doctor Boreman Physician
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A group from the region of Arpington in the county of Kent who come and observe Anonymous 32 as she allegedly suffers terrible fits from having spirits/devils possess her. The spectators witness her deterioration to the point where she scarcely recognizable even to her closest acquaintances. At times, they are so fearful of Anonymous 32 in her fits, that they run out of the room in fear and surprise, however, Doctor Boreman who prays over the maid refuses to leave, and among those who stay is Mrs. Hopper. Some spectators from this group also witness the dispossession of one of the spirits (Anonymous 18) from Anonymous 32, when it flies from the maid towards Doctor Boreman in the form of a snake, wrapping itself around his neck. A few of the group come forward to remove the snake, and it vanishes. However, even after this, a spirit (Anonymous 88) persists in the maid, causing her to continue to make facial contortions, and strange noises, as if it were uncomfortable within her.(3-4)

Appears in:
Hopper, Mrs. Strange News from Arpington near Bexly in Kent being a True Narrative of a Young Maid who was Possest with Several Devils or Evil Spirits. London: 1679, 3-4

Anonymous 449 Witness
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A woman from Arpington in the county of Kent, who is part of the group of spectators (Anonymous 449) who witness Anonymous 32's fits as Doctor Boreman sat next to her praying. It is conveyed that Mrs. Hopper especially heard Anonymous 32, in one of her fits say in a dreadful tone "weaker and weaker, weaker and weaker" repeatedly. Others in the group of spectators became fearful of the maid in her fits and so dispersed, but Mrs. Hopper decidedly remained until the Doctor (Doctor Boreman) finished his prayer. Later, when Mrs. Hopper and Doctor Boreman were the only two left in the room with the young maid, they could allegedly hear one of the spirits (Anonymous 88) inside the maid and she barked twice. She is described as a brave, gentlewoman who was resolved to be a witness and see all events surrounding Anonymous 32 through to the end.(3-4)

Appears in:
Hopper, Mrs. Strange News from Arpington near Bexly in Kent being a True Narrative of a Young Maid who was Possest with Several Devils or Evil Spirits. London: 1679, 3-4

Hopper Mrs. Hopper Accuser