02-09-1914 Ferenczi to Freud


INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL PSYCHOANALYSIS Edited by Professor Dr Sigm. Freud editors : Dr. S. Ferenczi, Budapest, VII. Elisabethring 54/ Dr. Otto Rank, Vienna IX / 4, Simondenkgasse 8 Verlag Hugo Heller & C °, Vienna, The. Farmers Market N ° 3

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Budapest, the 2 September 1914

Dear Professor,

I just learned, my mother (1) you have not received my card in time where I temporarily cancel my visit. Unfortunately, I deceived by the timeliness of post several times already experienced, and so I ruined your Sunday. I apologize for this oversight ; I honestly questioned it and I know free from malice ; however, I would not have had to conten-tion card, I should also like telegraph.

The last loophole I found to get out of the doldrums, This is an attempt at self-analysis. However, the idea came to me today ; I realize that in this job, I can at least start, while I miss any other activity concentration for. However, I did not quite given up the idea of ​​another (be analyzed by you). To my knowledge, the last day of the reserve of the territorial army can still be called, and officers called Class A 2, is the 7 September. If I'm still free the 7, I leave for Vienna on the same day.

Elma's fiancé 3 suddenly surfaced here and wants to conclude the marriage in a few days, with an exemption 4. On this occasion, I had seen him that my subconscious is still attached by some son, and that the son may be stronger than I want to admit. It explains many things for which I can not find logical reasons. I hope that the fait accompli * also reduce to silence the unconscious fantasies.

The feverish agitation due to the first news of the great battle in the North 5 was replaced (at least for me) a kind of fatalism. Moreover I, me too, the impression that all these events are only adventures and, seen sub specie ** the ψα, not great significance.

Maybe I'll hear from you again before you speak.

Anyway, I will send a telegram to say if I can, and when.

My cordial greetings!


* In French in the text.

** Latin in the text : under the gaze (of psychoanalysis). Formula built on the model of classical sub specie aeternilatis.

  1. Freud, have not received the postcard Ferenczi canceling his trip, was probably informed by the mother of one.
  2. Class A included reserve officers belonging to the liberal professions.
  3. John A. Nilsen Laurvik (1877-1953), art critic and art dealer born American Norwegian.
  4. Exemption display bans.
  5. The cons-offensive of the German troops at Tannenberg (26-29 August) that, in the months following, prevailed over the Russian army.

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