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Jones, E. (2002). “Disagreeable Echoes … Reached Me for Many Years After” (An Excerpt from Free Associations). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 3(4):335-338.

(2002). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 3(4):335-338

“Disagreeable Echoes … Reached Me for Many Years After” (An Excerpt from Free Associations)

Ernest Jones

One morning, early in 1906, Dr. Kerr, the head of the department, sent me an unusual summons, to meet him at a certain school for mental defectives. I was puzzled to know what he wanted, and should have been more perturbed had I known. To my amazement and horror I was confronted, on arriving there, with a teacher who said that two small children in her class maintained I had behaved indecently during the speech test I had carried out with them: what was worse, she appeared to believe them. (For the tests the children were seen singly in a teacher's room for four or five minutes each.) Dr. Kerr, although he himself wished to dismiss the matter, felt obliged, in the face of the teacher's attitude, to report it to the Education Committee. They were naturally rather at a loss, and after a delay of a couple of weeks made the panicky decision of placing the matter in the hands of the police. Presumably the fear of the public weighed more with them than any duty of protecting their servants from risks in their work. I was privately informed that they had done so, and that I could expect to be arrested at any moment.

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