However, this is indeed a remarkable story and I believe that the teller is telling it honestly.
I'd love to know what you think. More to the point, in view of the Oedipus story I talked about yesterday, what would have happened if the clairvoyant in this story had actually told the girl and the girl had told her brother not to get out of bed?
Now that is the really interesting question, in my view.
Here is the story, exactly as told to me:
As a postgraduate student from Australia I lived in an international student hall of residence in London. One Sunday afternoon a Chinese friend invited a number of us to afternoon tea in her room. This was because she had an Indian friend visiting from Singapore. Su had already told us that her friend Parimala had a reputation for being able to ‘see the future’.
About nine of us sat (rather like sardines) drinking cups of tea and chatting for sometime before someone inevitably asked if Parimala was going to tell our fortunes. Although the others seemed eager and even light hearted about this it made me feel very uncomfortable. I therefore just said, “Thankyou but I would rather not know.”
Parimala gave me a rather odd look but she accepted it without comment. She then proceeded to go around the other girls in the room until she came to an American student. She was silent for a moment and then shook her head and said, “I’m sorry. I can’t tell you anything.” The other students seemed to find this rather amusing but I sensed Parimala was feeling uncomfortable too.
A little later the party broke up but I stayed behind for a moment because Su wanted me to look at something. When all the other students had gone Parimala closed the door quietly and said,
“I could not tell her anything because her brother will be killed in an accident riding his motorbike tomorrow.”Parimala had never met the American before and knew nothing about her family. I don’t believe any of us were aware that the girl had a brother or that he rode a motorbike.
She looked at me again and asked, “Did you know too?”
I shook my head and said, “No. I just felt very uncomfortable.” I felt I could not tell her that I did not believe it was possible to foretell the future.
I still felt uncomfortable but my extreme discomfort lifted with the knowledge she had given me.
There was a telephone call the next morning to say that the American girl’s brother had been killed riding his motorbike along a highway in South America.
I have no explanation for this, nor have I had another experience like it.
So, what do you think?
I should stress, by the way, especially for the benefit of younger readers who might be very spooked by this: I personally don't believe that the future is laid down in this way. I don't believe that it was inevitable that the brother would be killed by a motor-bike. And I do not recommend that you ever go to a fortune-teller if you even believe a little bit. I have no explanation for this story but I do know how many fortune-tellers and apparent psychics often appear to get things right. They also very often get things wrong....
Meanwhile, don't forget to enter Farantella's competition. All you have to do is guess! By the skill of my psychic powers, I predict that someone will win...