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Anonymous 245A monstrous evil spirit, is possibly the Devil, who appears in the middle of the night to Stephen Hooper, the entire household, and his bewitched wife Margaret Hooper (who has predicted the devil's arrival). Before it appears, the household hears "a great noise in the street, as if it had beene the comming of foure or five carts." Then, suddenly, upon looking up, Stephen Hooper sees something coming towards the bed, "much like a beare," but without a head or a tail, and much larger in size. At first, Stephen Hooper tries to fight off the monster by throwing a stool at it, but it simply bounces off it as if it were a "feather bed." The monster then turns towards Margaret Hooper, and "strokes her" (or hits her) on the foot three times. It then takes her out of the bed and rolls her around the chamber and under the bed. Finally, the apparition causes Margaret Hooper to put her head between her legs, and rolls her around like a hoop through the house and down the stairs. Her husband does not dare go after at her, but instead weeps to see her carried away. The hall was filled with "an horrible stinke [...] and such fiery flames." Eventually, Margaret Hooper calls out to her husband, claiming the spirit is gone, and she comes up the stairs back to him. Together, with the rest of the household, Stephen and Margaret Hooper pray.and forthwith they heard a great noise in the street, as if it had beene the comming of foure or five carts, and pre|sently they in the chamber cryed out saying, Lord helpe us, what manner of thing is this that commeth here, then her husband looking up in his bed, espyed a thing com|ming to the bed, much like a beare, but it had no head nor taile, halfe a yard in height, and halfe a yard in length, her husband seeing it come to the bed rose up, and tooke a joynt stoole, and strooke at the said thing, the stroke founded as though he had strucken upon a fether-bed, then it came to the woman, and stroke her three times up|on the feet, and tooke her out of the bed, and so rouled her too and fro in the Chamber, and under the bed, the people then present, to the number of seaven persons, were so greatly amazed with this horrible sight, that they knew not what to doe, yet they called still upon God for his assistance, but the candle was so dimme, that they could scarcely see one another, at the last this Monster, which wee supposed to be the Devill, did thrust the wo|mans head betweene her leggs, and so rouled her in a|round compasse, like an hoope through the other Cham|bers, downe an high paire of staires into the Hall, where he kept her the space of a quarter of an house, her hus|band and they in the Chamber above, durst not come downe to her, but remained in prayer, weeping at the stai[...]es head grievously lamenting to see her so carried a|way, there was such an horrible stinke in the Hall, and such fiery flames, that they were glad to stop their noses with cloathes, and napkines, then the woman cryed out calling to her husband, now he is gone, then quoth he in the name of God come up to me, and so even upon the suddaine she was come up so quickly, that they greatly marveiled at it, then they brought her to bed, and foure of them, kept downe the cloathes about the bed, and con|tinued in prayer about her, the candle in the Chamber could not burne cleare, but was very dimme,

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Anonymous. Most Fearful and Strange News from Durham being a True Relation of one Margaret Hooper of Edenbyres. London: 1641, 3 - 4