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Ferenczi, S. (1914). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, November 10, 1914. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 25-26.

Ferenczi, S. (1914). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, November 10, 1914. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 25-26

Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, November 10, 1914 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Pápa,1 November 10, 1914
Address: Husarenkaserne

Dear Professor,

First, I would like to share with you a remarkable play of coincidences. I forgot to mention to you in the analysis—I didn't get to it anymore—, that a very burdensome nasal symptom, which, by the way, disappeared about a year ago, was for me the subjective sensation of a constant odor of ammonia. My nose specialist said that that came from the stimulation of the ethmoid cells or the olfactory nerve. But now I believe that it is a stimulatory phenomenon on the part of the olfactory nerve similar to those which are also present in me (as a consequence of circulatory disturbances?) in the domain of the auditory and optic nerves. This symptom has now returned, but at the same time the idea also came to me whether the all too specific coloration of the odor doesn't arise after all psychogenically, i.e., from my infantile urinary complaints. Otherwise we would have to regard it as a particularly remarkable chance occurrence.—

Physically, I didn't feel better here than in Vienna; the condition of my spirit was tolerably good; apathy and a carefree attitude prevailed. Today the first day in which the meaninglessness of my existence in Pápa and in the military depressed me somewhat. I was also physically worse than usual: numbness until noon, in the evening ammoniac in my nose, bad dreams at night.

My accommodations are good here in the count's castle.

You will be interested to hear (I have it from Count B., the chamberlain of an archduke, who just mustered in here as a captain) that already in September Garibaldi2 broke through into the Tirol with three thousand Italians and French. The Austrian army was already prepared for this—the whole crowd was taken prisoner and, after a few polite telegrams, dispatched to Rome by train.

Strange that something like that could remain a secret! The Austrian soldiers were strictly forbidden to shoot, in order to avoid the casus belli.

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