Felicité is a servant girl.

As Felicité is dying, she thinks that she meets the Holy Spirit.

The skeptic would say that she is deceived.

The non-skeptic would say that she may well have encountered the Holy Spirit.

Felicité is a fictional character in Gustave Flaubert's short story entitled A Simple Heart, or Le Perroquet.

"Felicité is very loyal, and easily lends her affections to the two children of her mistress, Mme Aubain.

"She gives entirely to others; although many take advantage of her, she is unaffected.

"She has no husband, no children, and no property, and is reliant on her mistress to keep her; she is uneducated, which bars her visits to the Church; her death is virtually unnoticed.

"Despite her life being seemingly pointless, she has within her the power to love, which she does even when she does not receive it in return."

Félicité has a beloved parrot called Loulou whom she has 'stuffed' when it dies.

"As she finally passed from this world to the next, Félicité thought she saw a gigantic parrot hovering in the opening heavens above her."


Flaubert was unlike Félicité.

"Flaubert was very open about his sexual activities with (male and female) prostitutes...

"He engaged in intercourse with male prostitutes in Beirut and Egypt; in one of his letters, he describes a "pockmarked young rascal wearing a white turban".[7][8]

flauberts-parrot / Gustave Flaubert on Wikipedia / "Three Tales" by Gustave Flaubert on Wikipedia

What about 'real-life' Near-Death Experiences?

The skeptics will call into question the evidence.

In 1977, at a hospital in Seattle, a migrant worker called 'Maria' had an Near Death Experience during a cardiac arrest.

"She later told her social worker that while doctors were resuscitating her, she found herself floating outside the hospital building and saw a tennis shoe on a third-floor window ledge, which she described in some detail.

"The social worker went to the window Maria had indicated, and not only found the shoe but said that the way it was placed meant there was no way Maria could have seen all the details she described from inside her hospital room."

The social worker, Kimberly Clark Sharp, is still alive and available for interview.

But nobody knows the current whereabouts of Maria and so she is not available to confirm the story.

The Science of Near-Death Experiences - The Atlantic.

The skeptics will say that the story is not confirmed as being true.

First hint of 'life after death' in biggest ever scientific ...The Daily Telegraph‎ - Oct 2014.


Might the Near Death Experience (NDE) have a purpose?

The NDE "is similar to the hero's journey, or quest narrative, the structure that the American writer and mythologist Joseph Campbell identified and named the monomyth in 1949.

"The quest underlies just about every form of storytelling, from religious myth to Greek epic to Hollywood blockbuster to personal memoir.

"In this structure, a protagonist is shaken out of his normal way of life by some disturbance and - often reluctantly at first, but at the urging of some kind of mentor or wise figure - strikes out on a journey to an unfamiliar realm.

"There he faces tests, battles enemies, questions the loyalty of friends and allies, withstands a climactic ordeal, teeters on the brink of failure or death, and ultimately returns to where he began, victorious but in some way transformed."

The Science of Near-Death Experiences - The Atlantic.

Campbell: "Have you ever read Sinclair LewisBabbitt?"
Moyers: "Not in a long time."
Campbell: "Remember the last line? 'I have never done a thing that I wanted to do in all my life.' That is a man who never followed his bliss."[20]

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