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Freud, S. (1900). Letter from Freud to Fliess, May 20, 1900. The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess, 1887-1904, 415-416.

Freud, S. (1900). Letter from Freud to Fliess, May 20, 1900. The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess, 1887-1904, 415-416

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Sigmund Freud

Vienna, May 20, 1900
IX., Berggasse 19

Dear Wilhelm,

Naturally I shall never mention the North Sea again if you are on such bad terms with it; I had no inkling. I wished it were the Mediterranean, but it will be what you want, if only it can be. Now comes the dead period of which I am afraid — that is, in which I am afraid of myself. Yesterday the fourth patient said good-bye on the most cordial terms, in excellent shape, with Böcklin's Selected Paintings as a parting present.1 This case gave me the greatest satisfaction and is perhaps complete. So things have gone well this year. I have finally conquered. But what am I going to do now? I still have three and a half persons — that is, sessions — a day. Not enough toys for the whale.2 Woe is me when I am bored. All sorts of things can go wrong. I cannot work. I am permeated with laziness; the kind of work I have been doing from October until now is very unlike that which leads to writing, and very unfavorable to it. I have not started the little dream pamphlet for Löwenfeld. I do not even stick to my allotriis [hobbies] but alternate between chess, art history, and prehistory; nothing is permitted to continue for very long. I would like to disappear for a few weeks to someplace where nothing like science exists — that is, apart from the congress with you. If only I had money or a travel companion for Italy!

My brother-in-law seems to have succumbed to a heart ailment of unknown origin, possibly connected with a latent kidney problem.

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