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Ferenczi, S. (1921). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, March 28, 1921. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 52-53.
Ferenczi, S. (1921). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, March 28, 1921. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 52-53
Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, March 28, 1921
Internationale Zeitschrift für Ärztliche Psychoanalyse
Budapest, March 28, 1921
I understand completely your displeasure over my American inquiry; but if you consider all the circumstances you will perhaps find my idea less crazy. Naturally, if in your authoritative experience, so much knowledge of English is necessary for the analysis of an English-American, my application for this position will drop by itself. But you must find understandable my striving somehow to increase the—despite the large rise in honorarium (300 crowns)—still inadequate sources of income by means of foreign currencies. My total worth today amounts to about 3 to 400 thousand Hungarian crowns, thus, less than what we need in a single year. My American idea was based on the large difference in the exchange rate. If I had been able to save 5,000 $1 in one to two years there, then I would—in contrast to my proletarian state of today—have become the pure capitalist; for it is out of the question that I would be able to save here in the foreseeable future. So, I didn't mean to retire with a pension after these two years, but rather at least bring along a reserve in the capital to be saved, while now I am living only from hand to mouth, and at the moment when I get sick—or, at the latest, after a year of work disability—will stand vis-à-vis du rien.2 And since I had no hope of getting German-speaking Englishmen or Americans to Budapest for analysis (which would naturally be preferable to me, for countless reasons), I had to concern myself with this, as I see it, illusory prospect.
Perhaps you have been informed by Rank about our summer plans. I wrote to him today that we would like to spend the month of August in the neighborhood of Mödling3—perhaps in the Brühl—; we are considering spending the first weeks of September in Aussee, where we are being enticed by the prospect of meeting you there. I hope at least that your plan to stay in Aussee after Gastein is still in operation. I believe your summer plan is as follows:
July 15-August 15 Gastein
August 15-September 15 Aussee
September 15-October I Hamburg and Committee-Congress, in North Germany.
It is, by the way, not out of the question that, in order not to change domiciles so often, we will go to Aussee right away. We don't know the particulars.
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