It happened the way you prophesied: Frau G. holds fast—despite constant emphasis on her inclination, indeed, her1 fervent wish, to marry me—to the idea to wait for Elma's return. She evidently wants to put us to a test—or to convince herself that she doesn't stand in her daughter's way. She used the way left open by you to write to me directly.—
For a few days I was under the depressing influence of this rejection. But for two days I have been forced to think of myself and my plans. Following your advice, I went to Wiener Neustadt2 yesterday and (I think) obtained an extension of my leave for a full four weeks, until May 12.
I am considerably better. My strength has increased, and my heart symptoms have improved significantly. Still, Dr. Kraus advises me, as a protection against relapse and to accelerate the healing process, to have an X ray (or a few) taken in Vienna. From that grows the “danger” that I will get “too healthy” and not accomplish anything with my plan to be examined for fitness for military service [Superarbitrierung].—I seem to have pushed a few other doubts onto this one, which is based on reality, for the alternative haunts me all day long. (I am pursuing the fitness test in order that I won't be so overburdened with work again.)
Dr. Pártos, the translator of your “Totem and Taboo,” writes me that he is finished with it.
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