Of course I love the magical and the unexplained. I’ve said it here a hundred times before.
Tonight, I learned of a true story that is worthy of retelling. It involves a famous author in the way of Edgar Allan Poe. (He was one of my Dad’s favorites. He would walk around he house quoting Poe to us all the time.)
But that isn’t the story. The account goes like this….. and is kind of “involved”…. but read on if you care to.
One of Poe’s first novel was a fiction piece entitled “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket” which he published in 1838. It was his only full length novel. But it failed miserably. Big flop. But it was kind of that “Blair Witch” deal. He said it was based on factual events…. but it was pure fiction.
But… was it?
In the narrative… a whaling ship is lost at sea. Everybody dies except four crewmen. Out of food, the men drew lots to see who would be eaten, the unfortunate decision landing on a young cabin boy named Richard Parker.
Okay… Now jump ahead forty-six years later in real life. There was an actual disaster at sea involving a ship called the Mignonette.
It became famous due to the legal consequences of some gruesome events on board. Now hold on to your hats.
The said “gruesome” events were …. specifically….. the way the men drew lots and decided to eat their cabin boy. AND NOW… the weirdest part… the cabin boy’s name was Richard Parker. Honest to goodness.
Now this is just scary.
Coincidence. Maybe. Foretelling? Could be. Hard to say. But that kind of fictional writing… turning up in true events 46 years later…. is at the very least intriguing and quite mystifying.
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore”….
“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” – Edgar Allan Poe
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” – Albert “The Awesome” Einstien