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From The Mediuns Book from Allan Kardec:
LABORATORY OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD.
126. We have already said that spirits sometimes appear in flowing draperies,
sometimes in ordinary human clothes. The former appear to be the general costume of
the spiritworld ; but, it will naturally be asked, whence do spirits get their clothing,
clothing which is often precisely like what they wore on earth, and comprising all the
ordinary accessories of the toilet ? It is certain that, in dying, they did not carry those
objects away with them ; yet we see them before us, and can touch them with our hands
whence do they come?
This problem has always been a puzzling one for observers. With many, it is
simply a matter of curiosity, but it really involves a point of great importance ; our
search after its solution has set us on the track of a general law which is equally
applicable to the spirit-world and to our corporeal world, and without a knowledge of
which it is impossible to explain the complicated phenomena referred to.
In the case of a spirit who appears with the clothing he wore during life, we might explain the appearance as the result of an action of the spirit's memory, and as forming, so to say, a part of his individuality; but this could hardly be supposed to be the case as regards accessories, such, for instance, as the snuff-box of the old gentleman who visited the sick lady, as related above (127). And it is, moreover, to be remarked that, in the case alluded to, the apparition was not that of a dead person, but of a living one ; and that this same old gentleman, when he afterwards visited the lady in his material body, brought with him a snuff-box similar, in every respect, to that which had been used by his spirit. Where did his spirit find the snuffbox that was in his hand when he sat at the foot of the lady's bed ? A question that might be repeated in regard to a great number of cases which we could instance, in which the spirits of deceased as well as of living persons have appeared, carrying in their hands various objects, such as sticks, pipes, lanterns, books, &c.
It formerly occurred to …