The Nicole is spirit of modern creation who tormented the fishermen of the Bay of Saint-Brieuc and Saint-Malo. Just as they are about to draw in their nets this mischievous spirit leaps around them, freeing the fish, or he will loosen a boat's anchor so that it will drift on to a sand-bank. He may divide the cable which holds the anchor to the vessel and cause endless trouble.
This spirit received its name from an officer who commanded a battalion of fishermen conscripts, and who from his intense severity and general reputation as a martinet obtained a bad reputation among the seafaring population.
- Spence, Lewis. (1917). Legends and Romances of Brittany. New York: Fredrick A. Stokes, pp. 100-101.
This article incorporates text from Legends and Romances of Brittany (1917) by Lewis Spence, which is in the public domain.