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December 31, 2007

Stop your wind hard, and swell.

Hold your breath and swell up. 

Feigned possession by devils and fake exorcisms were common deceptions in the Jacobean period.  King James was involved in a number of exposes, including the case of Anne Gunter of Windsor, who vomited pins (for an account of the case, see Sharpe, James, The Bewitching of Anne Gunter, 2000).  Documented confessions from the period (for example, that of William Somers of Nottingham, taken from Harsnet, Samuel, A Discovery of the fraudulent practises of John Darrell (1599), pp 213-14) depict similar techniques as those described by Volpone to imitate demonic possession (see note to ‘Volp.  Now ‘tis in his belly’; V.xii.28).

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