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Ferenczi, S. (1918). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, March 25, 1918. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 273-274.

Ferenczi, S. (1918). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, March 25, 1918. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 273-274

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Sándor Ferenczi

[Budapest,]
Monday, March 25, 1918

Dear Professor,

What is interesting is the basic difference between the optimist and the pessimist. Up to the moment of the breakout of the new spring offensive I still believed in a peaceful resolution to the conflict. I couldn't imagine that one of the warring parties would assume the responsibility for the failure of his own cause. And yet it turned out differently! Now nothing remains but to speculate about “victory” again, so that the disgusting situation finally comes to an end.

Dr. Lévy, who is, to the best of my knowledge, in Vienna today, is making diligent efforts to make the summer stay in Lomnicz possible. I hope, successfully.

Eitingon has been staying here with his wife for three days. The German consulate didn't permit Frau Eitingon to travel to Germany before they received a character reference from her by telegram. (She is a Russian.)

On this occasion I have been together with Eitingon frequently, and I am astonished at the depth and clarity of his psychoanalytic knowledge. Up till now I was still presuming philosophical ambiguities in him.

Last Sunday the Hungarian Psychoanalytic Society was newly constituted; a number of members were accepted. The first scientific gathering is supposed to take place in the beginning of April. I am planning an instructive lecture on “Freud's Metapsychological Construction.” It won't be easy.1

The autohypochondriacal studies weren't completely futile.

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