It is related by Father Rho, in his Sabbati, and by Father Lireo, in his
Night overtaking her, she fell into a passion and called loudly upon the devil to come to her aid. And behold, he suddenly appeared in the form of a man, and promised to assist her, provided she would do one thing.
“I will do anything” answered the unhappy creature.
I only wish, said the enemy, that henceforth you will not bless yourself with the sign of the cross, and will change your name.
As to the cross, she answered, I will no longer sign myself with it, but my name of Mary is too dear to me, I will not change it.
Then I will not help you, said the devil. At length, after much debate, it was agreed that she should be called by the first letter of the name of Mary, that is, Emme. They then went together to Antwerp, and the wretched girl remained there six years with her diabolical companion, living so sinful a life, that it was the scandal of the whole place.
One day she told the devil that she wished to see her country again; the enemy objected, but finally was obliged to consent. When they entered
“What are we doing here?” said her companion; “would you perform here another comedy?”
He then seized her to take her away, but she resisted, and seeing that she was escaping from him, in a rage he raised her into the air and let her fall in the midst of the theatre. The poor girl then related what had happened to her. She went to the parish priest to confess, but he sent her to the Bishop of Cologne, and the bishop sent her to the Pope, who, having heard her confession, imposed it upon her as a penance, that she should wear three rings of iron, one around her neck, and two around her arms. The penitent obeyed, and having arrived at
One morning she arose from her bed and found the three rings broken. Two years after she died in the