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Assertions for a specific being.

Name Description Original Text
Anonymous 238A devil in the form of an evil spirit, who possesses Sarah Bower, a fourteen year old girl from Wapping in London. The evil spirit causes her fits "to be somewhat quiet just before any Divine comes into the Room where she is." However it causes her to be "troublesome, sometimes falling out a Laughing," as well as spitting on those who pray for her. The spirit also causes Sarah Bower to "bark like a Dog, or make other most hedious Noise." It also tossed her from one end of the bed to another, and would make her tear her clothes, giving her strength so that "scarce six Men can hold her in." It also causes her to low like a bull, and roar like a lion. The spirit sometimes presents itself to Sarah Bower in the shape "of a Monstrous Fiery Dragon, other whiles a Lyon," and pulls her towards hell, even as an Angel (Anonymous 27) pulls her towards Heaven.'Tis very observable, and has often remarked by the Persons present, that though the Evil Spirit in her Fits permits her to be somewhat quiet just before any Divine comes into the Room where she is, yet as soon as ever they come, she begins (or the Spirit in her rather) to be troublesome, some|times falling out a Laughing, other times making Faces at them, and when ever they go to Prayers, or name the Name of God or Christ, the Evil Spi|rit will bark in her like a Dog, or make other most hedious Noise, and seem to spit in their Faces, though the Maids Lips do not move, sometimes the Spirit will throw her from one end of the Bed to the other, and make her tear her Shift and Bed-Cloaths with great force and violence, that scarce six Men can hold her in, yet she has many Inter|vales from these Fits, and is at other times very quiet: At this Instant of Writing, this poor Creature continues a sad Spectacle of humane Mi|sery, being daily visited with great Numbers of People, sometimes she hath lowed like a Bull, roared like a Lion, making other strange kind of Noises, the Devil presenting before her the hi|deous Shape of a Monstrous Fiery Dragon, other whiles a Lyon; the Man of God pulling one way, and the Devil another.

Appears in:
Dirby, Richard . Dreadful News from Wapping. Unknown: 1693, 6 - 7