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Freud, S. (1920). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, October 31, 1920. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 37-38.

Freud, S. (1920). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, October 31, 1920. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 37-38

Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, October 31, 1920 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sigmund Freud

Vienna, October 31, 1920
IX., Berggasse 19

Dear friend,

The circular correspondence certainly gets the material away, but doesn't bring any time; so it happens that I can't reply to you until this Sunday. I am suffocating in practice during the week, business with Rank, emergency responses, etc., and I am being totally paralyzed by the five hours of English conversation with still inadequate means of hearing and speaking (the chaps all whisper or mumble, and I will never learn this foreign language properly anymore).

With all the foreign currencies, which, when recalculated, yield fantastic numbers, I am now earning about 2/3 from the peacetime situation.

With patients it is going with me the same as with you in Budapest. The locals make themselves hard to get rid of. No, Vienna has no qualification to become a center. The matter with the ψα section is thoroughly questionable, and I would basically be done a favor if it never came into being.1 It is not suitable for Vienna; a raven shouldn't wear a white shirt!2 You are also too optimistic in the Kola affair. I doubt whether he will pay Rank the salary that he may request. The business of the Verlag is going very well, incidentally. I am eagerly awaiting the first balance sheet, which is now being prepared.

Kolnai was generally well liked in the session the day before yesterday. Meanwhile, he didn't bring much more than a transcription of sociology in our ψα dialect, and Radó, who spoke after him and in a very astute talk really undertook an application of analysis to elucidate sociological phenomena, outdid him by far.

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