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Freud, S. (1938). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Marie Bonaparte, November 12, 1938. Letters of Sigmund Freud 1873-1939, 454-455.

Freud, S. (1938). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Marie Bonaparte, November 12, 1938. Letters of Sigmund Freud 1873-1939, 454-455

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Sigmund Freud

20 Maresfield Gardens
London N.W. 3
November 12, 1938

My dear Marie

I am always prepared to acknowledge, in addition to your indefatigable diligence, the self-effacement with which you give your energy to the introductions and popular expositions of psychoanalysis.

And yet you claim to be so very ambitious and to long for im-mortality at any price! Well, your actions testify to a nobler character.

Your comments on “time and space” have come off better than mine would have-although so far as time is concerned I hadn't fully informed you of my ideas. Nor anyone else. A certain dislike of my subjective tendency to grant the imagination too free a rein has always held me back. If you still want to know, I will tell you next time you come.

My state of health still hasn't taken a decisive turn. The seques-trum of bone will not come away and the discomfort remains the same. Surgeons are certainly cruel fellows….

The latest horrifying events in Germany aggravate the problem of what to do about the four old women1 between seventy-five and eighty. To maintain them in England is beyond our powers. The assets we left behind for them on our departure, some 160,000 Austrian schillings, may have been confiscated already, and are cer-tain to be lost if they leave. We have been considering a domicile [for them] on the French Riviera, at Nice or somewhere in the neighborhood. But would this be possible?

I am still quite unproductive. I can write letters, but nothing more.

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