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The fox's revenge?

October 13th, 2010 (05:45 pm)

From the Public Advertiser, 2 November 1779:

"The following melancholy Accident happened at Durham on Wednesday the 6th inst. Matthew Carr, of Ryehope, Esq; who had been attending the Sessions in that City, after going to bed fell into a Dream about Fox-hunting, and supposing he was taking a flying Leap after the Hounds, the Force of Imagination acvted so powerfully on him, that he jumped out of the Window of his Bed-chamber, and unfortunately broke his Knee-pan, which brought on a Mortification, and he died the Monday following. He was a Gentleman in the Commission of the Peace, and greatly respected."

Comments

Posted by: clarienne (clarienne)
Posted at: October 14th, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)

POor chap. As I child I once dreamed that I was standing on my bedroom windowsil, contemplating jumping out. I've often wondered if I really had got out of bed and climbed up there.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 14th, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)

Sorry. I'd not thought through the implications of posting this.

Posted by: clarienne (clarienne)
Posted at: October 14th, 2010 10:35 am (UTC)

It's ok! I'm not traumatised. I just thought it was interesting, if a little chilling!

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: October 14th, 2010 11:01 am (UTC)

Ugh! I don't like to think about that.

I was never able to connect it to a specific dream, but there was a time when, visiting my parents, I would sometimes remake the bed the wrong way round in my sleep, and end up with my head at the foot of the bed and vice-versa.