The psychologist Sir Frederic Bartlett reported that after the death in 1922 of his colleague W. H. R. Rivers, the anthropologist and psychiatrist, he encountered him a fortnight later in the Combination Room of St John’s College. Rivers entered “alert and quick as usual”. Bartlett tried to say: “Rivers! It’s Dr Rivers!” Then Bartlett woke and found himself in bed at home emerging from a dream. Even then he was absolutely sure that Rivers was “there, in the deep darkness”.
Imagination can deceive us all.
R. E. Rawles, honorary research fellow in psychology
University College London