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Freud, S. (1918). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, May 9, 1918. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 281-282.

Freud, S. (1918). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, May 9, 1918. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 281-282

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Sigmund Freud

Vienna, May 9, 1918
IX., Berggasse 19

Dear friend,

Very pleased about your good news. A part of it is confirmed by the three papers that Dr. Freund brought over to me. They are showpieces, completed clearly and compellingly, testimonials of total mastery. The one on equivalents to masturbation makes a good beginning with a theoretically as well as practically significant theme, that of active therapy. I would only advise restraint in one place, where you (Sunday neuroses) talk secretively about the paleobiological conception of coitus. The reader won't thank you for that; better it should stay out until you can give more about it.1

In the meantime, the papers are resting in Sachs's portfolio. There is no hurry with publication. Heller has it too easy putting us off. The material for my fourth volume of the Sammlung has, for instance, been at the printer's for three weeks. The only result [was] today's news that, on account of the lack of type, the printing has to be postponed for an undetermined time.

It interested me very much that you are looking forward to our being together in Csorbató. But I would like to ask you how you know that. Dr. Freund told us the same thing, but we don't believe it, because we haven't received any notification from Csorbató to this day.

The nice superstition with the sixty-two now finally has to be given up. There is indeed no relying on the supernatural!2

Ernst has gone to Abbazia, my sister-in-law to Reichenhall; the house is now very quiet. The practice still just as hefty, probably until the end of the month. I have a few interesting ideas, but no3 inclination to work them out now.

Will you already be allowed to live in one room with Frau G. in July? The way things have gone up to now is gratifying in any case, and the effect on you [is] an incomparable vindication.

I greet you cordially.

Yours,

Freud

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