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The Silent Pool

The spectre of a little girl who disappears beneath the waters here has been seen on occasion. The story is that, in the 13th century, a rich visitor visited a poor woodcutter who treated the newcomer with hospitality. Soon after, the woodcutter's children went to bathe into the nearby pool and both were drowned, the son having tried to save his sister. The visitor had witnessed the tragedy but had, according to legend, frightened the girl and then been very tardy in assisting the two children before galloping off. When he was identified, the villain did not seem to remember his crime. Other variations of this tale state that the girl, sometimes called Emma or Alice was pursued by some of Bad King John's ruffians (some versions say that he personally was involved), and they either "ravished" her or left her to drown; the tale goes that the ghost calls out for help (pleading for mercy according to some), and is sometimes accompanied by the gang of thugs, while sometimes only the sound of hoof beats to be heard; while others claim that her phantom floats over the surface of the water. A researcher suggests that the natural environment could account for some of the odd sounds.

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