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Assertions for a specific being.

Name Description Original Text
Anonymous 18One of two spirits that possess the young Maid from Arpington (Anonymous 32) in the county of Kent, causing her to suffer from tormenting fits. The two spirits (Anonymous 18 and Anonymous 88) speak from within the Maid and chant, "Weaker and weaker, weaker and weaker," as well as cause her to "bark like a little Dogg twice together." However, Anonymous 18 is exorcised from the Maid after Doctor Boreman prays for her, with the spirit emerging from her mouth in the form of a serpent. This serpent wrapped itself around the doctor's neck, but immediately vanished after it was plucked off by a "standers by." (Anonymous 449) The maid is still possessed by another spirit (Anonymous 88) after this dispossession, however. Heaven only knows, but at length one of these Sprits or Devils was heard by all the Spectators, and particularly by Mrs. Hooper, who then stood very near her, in a dreadful Tone to speak these words very distinctly, Weaker and weaker, weaker and weaker; which Exclamation it repeated four times over, and the ceased [] But this Gentlewoman being of a undaunted Courage, was resolved to stay and see the last of what would happen, and therefore stirred not out of the Room till the Doctor had done, and a little after, both she and all that were left in the Room, might again hear one of the same Spirits within her, which had got possession of the Maid, to bark like a little Dogg twice together [] That as the aforesaid Doctor was Praying again for this distressed Creature, a live and seeming substance forcd its way out of her mouth in likeness of a large Serpent, and flew to the Doctor, winding itself, in the presence of the whole auditory about his neck, where if for some time remaind, till some of the standers by were going to pluck it off, at which it immediately Vanished, and was never seen since.

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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, 3-5