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Ferenczi, S. (1917). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 9, 1917. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 172-173.

Ferenczi, S. (1917). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 9, 1917. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 172-173

Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 9, 1917 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Budapest, January 9, 19171

Dear Professor,

Frau Gizella, whose judgment is authoritative to me, does not share my and Ignotus's reservations. I, too, don't find your brusque rejection of Harmonia justified; we should have waited to see whether and how they guaranteed the stipulations that you were going to make. I didn't intend the increase of the honorarium to 2,000 crowns to mean that the “not kosher” aspects of the matter would be corrected by it; I only meant that nowadays you ought not to be cheaper. What was “kosher” was the presupposition of your coming here at all. If you have nothing against it, I will reveal myself to Harmonia as the cause of your refusal and, in the event that they give me enough guarantees, revive the affair.

I am sending you enclosed, with the request that you return it, the copy of the aphorisms,2 which perhaps justify my collaboration on the work on Lamarck. The sentences written in []3 come from the time after your visit to Pápa.

In principle, I agree with the manner in which you conceive of our working together. But how it will be in practice very much depends on the condition of my health. I must, it seems, again importune you with this subject.

The psychic upswing that I last informed you about was immediately wrestled down by influenza. I felt physically very weak, even after the cessation of fever, and Dr. Lévy ascertained an increase in the Basedow symptoms, as well as a renewed flare-up of the nephrosis.4 Naturally I immediately used this situation for a psychic depression, which even Gizella's company didn't alleviate. Dr. Lévy wants to obtain eight weeks' leave for me, of which, according to his way of thinking, I would have to spend at least four weeks in the mountains.

The leave should have tempted me, in any case—but this didn't occur. I postpone the request for leave from one day to the other.—In the meantime, I reduced the number of my hours from six to five, which still tires me very much.

The leave (which, in Dr. Lévy's view, can still be extended) would allow me to collaborate properly on the Lamarckian work.—Or should I also pick up the thread of the analysis again?

I await your advice.

I received the enclosed letter from Jones. The proof mentioned in it relates to the English translation of my essays.5


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