This Is How An Exotic 19th-Century Woman Tricked A Town Into Believing She Was A Kidnapped Princess

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Image: Adrian Pingstone
Image: Adrian Pingstone

Worrall’s butler was Greek and had a basic understanding of most of the Middle Eastern languages, but he could not understand the woman’s speech. Nonplussed, the Worralls now sent the stranger to the village inn, The Bowl, where she was given a bed for the night.

Image: Arpingstone
Image: Arpingstone

The next morning, Elizabeth Worrall went early to the inn to see the young woman. It turns out the local vicar had brought illustrated travel books, and the woman appeared excited by pictures of China. Subsequently, Worrall took the stranger back to Knole Park, where the woman managed to communicate by signs that her name was Caraboo. When she was offered food, she would take nothing but water.

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