Monday, June 12, 2006


Somehow I came across this Wikipedia article on ghostly doubles. They have these lovely facts:

Emilie Sagée was a schoolteacher in the nineteenth century whose doppelgänger's public appearances were recorded by Robert Dale Owen after being reported to him by Julie von Güldenstubbe.[citations needed]

Guy de Maupassant recorded his own doppelgänger experiences in his story Lui ( The light continent).

Percy Bysshe Shelley claimed to have met his doppelgänger foreboding his own death.[citations needed]

John Donne, the English metaphysical poet, apparently [citations needed] met his wife's doppelgänger in Paris, foreboding the death of his yet unborn daughter.[citations needed]

Abraham Lincoln told his wife that he saw two faces of himself in a mirror soon after being elected president, one deathly pale. His wife believed this to mean he would be elected to a second term but would not survive (Sandburg, 195).

Rosalyn Greene claims that the doppelgänger phenomenon, via bilocation, is responsible for reports of werewolves and other shapeshifters (Greene, 87).

They seem a little short on citations :-).

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