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Freud, S. (1883). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Martha Bernays, September 16, 1883. Letters of Sigmund Freud 1873-1939, 58-66.

Freud, S. (1883). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Martha Bernays, September 16, 1883. Letters of Sigmund Freud 1873-1939, 58-66

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Sigmund Freud

Vienna, Sunday
September 16, 1883

My sweet little woman

I also want to ask for something: that you accept from me, as an atonement for some mean thoughts and some criticism which did not do you justice, the two things you have wished for. I will get the little dictionary, and you must let me know what the jacket is going to cost. If I cannot afford it now, I want to be allowed to do it later, next month. But don't deny yourself, my precious, any little luxury; I don't. And you are so young and can be so pleased with things, and I know that everyone who sees you wants to give you some pleasure, so why shouldn't I be allowed to do the same? Your letter moves me like the voice of an angel, and helps me to rise above all my silly worries about you and above my deeply shattered emotional condition. I did not want to talk about it on our monthly memorial day, but I cannot conceal it from you any longer: I have just returned from the funeral of my friend Nathan Weiss.1

On the thirteenth, at 2 P.M., he hanged himself in a public bath in the Landstrasse. He had been married hardly a month and had returned ten days ago from his honeymoon. He left two letters, one to the police asking them to inform his parents tactfully and to suppress any word of it in the newspapers, the other to his wife. By Thursday evening the news was already known in the hospital, a colleague rushed to his apartment to take him to the hospital in order to scotch the rumor; but the door was locked. His brother, Sekundararzt in the hospital, confirmed the news.

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