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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 18:27:58 EDT
Jan 19, 1729 London
"British playwright William Congreve, 58, died of internal injuries
received in a carriage accident. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. Congreve left
his estate to his mistress, Henrietta, Duchess of Marlborough.
Henrietta had a death mask made of Congreve's face, which she then had
attached to a life size dummy. She treated this dummy as if it were alive and
insisted that visitors do so, too. Henrietta dressed the dummy each morning and
undressed it each night. She slept with it and spent hours talking with it. Her
servants waited upon the dummy, and when Henrietta thought it was ill, she
had doctors treat it. Eventually, she was buried with the dummy."
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