165. They hear the voice of the spirits : it is, as we
have said, in speaking of pneumatophony, sometimes
an interior voice, which makes itself heard in the soul;
at other times it is an exterior voice, clear and distinct
as that of a living person. An auditive medium can
enter into conversation with the spirits. When they
are accustomed to communicate with certain spirits,
they immediately recognize the character of the voice.
When a person is not himself endowed with this fac-
ulty, he can communicate with a spirit by means of an
auditive medium, who fills the office of interpreter.
This faculty is very agreeable when the medium
hears only good spirits, or only those he calls ; but it
is not the same when a bad spirit is always after him,
making him hear at every moment the most disagreea-
ble, and often the most improper things. It then
becomes necessary to get rid of him by the means we
indicate in the chapter on Obsession.