Marion Meade on the cup and saucer incident
Feb 06, 2012 09:22 PM
The quote below by Marion Meade is just one example from her book which is full of misinformation, jumping around from one possibility to another and not making much coherent sense when her statements are carefully examined and compared and contrasted with what the actual witnesses stated, even considering what Mr. Henderson actually states.
Ms Meade ignores what Mr. Sinnett deals with in some detail. Most readers who read Meade's narrative will not even know the actual details of the incident.
It would actually take pages of detailed explanations to show the nonsense of much of what she sets forth in her narrative. I have my doubts whether she has even tried to reconstruct the incident by carefully reading, studying and actually THiNKING thru the varrious scenarios that she glibly throws out. If one compares several of her guesses they don't add up.
That is one of the most distressing aspects of her book: the superficiality of much of what she writes, not to mention her ignoring much, much relevant evidence and on top of all of this just presenting sheer misinformation showing to one who has dug a little deeper the depths of her ignorance of the historical record. Witness her statment I have quoted concerning the Mahatmas. But read what she says about the cup and saucer phenomenon:
> "At the time and even later Alfred could find no
> loopholes in what came to be known as 'the cup and
> saucer incident.' He based his conviction mainly on
> the fact that Madame Blavatsky could not have known in
> advance that there would be seven guests in the party,
> as the judge had arrived only at the last minute.
> OBVIOUSLY she did know, and so did Patience Sinnett
> because Olcott overheard her telling the butler: 'It
> was very stupid of you not to put in another cup and
> saucer when you knew that the other gentleman would
> have to have tea.' It seems reasonable TO ASSUME that
> H.P.B. had instructed Babula to bury the cup and
> saucer, then led the picnickers to the spot herself.
> In fact, this notion had already occurred to the judge
> and police chief who later in the afternoon examined
> the site. Their final conclusion was that it was
> theoretically POSSIBLE for someone to have tunneled in
> from below and thrust the cup and saucer up into the
> place where they were discovered. Apparently Babula
> later confided to Emma Coulomb that this was exactly
> what he had done. In the experts' opinion, the
> phenomenon could not be accepted as scientifically
> perfect and, somewhat indelicately, they
> challenged her to repeat it under test conditions.
> Helena, who had worked hard to stage the tableau,
> could not keep herself from exploding. Henry vividly
> remembered that 'she seemed to take leave of her
> senses and poured out upon the two unfortunate
> skeptics the thunder of her wrath. And so our pleasant
> party ended in an angry tempest.' " Caps added
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