The Jilted Bride

In a mountain village in Switzerland, during the winter of 1693, a couple was being married. In the midst of the ceremony, a girl, jilted by the bridegroom, appeared and made a scene.

“The wedding bell will not ring,” she said, before taking poison in front of the gathering.

Sure enough, when the bellringer tried, there was no sound from the bell. Most of the celebrants assumed she had bound the clapper in some way, though a few suggested that the girl was known to be a witch and had probably cast a spell.

After the ceremony, the bellringer climbed up to the belfry to investigate, but found everything in working order.

Was the girl a witch, after all?

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No. She had simply jammed the clapper with snow, which melted during the course of the ceremony.

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