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Jones, E. (1908). Letter from Ernest Jones to Sigmund Freud, May 13, 1908. The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Ernest Jones 1908-1939, 1-3.

Jones, E. (1908). Letter from Ernest Jones to Sigmund Freud, May 13, 1908. The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Ernest Jones 1908-1939, 1-3

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Ernest Jones

1

13 May 1908
9 Glückstrasse, München

Dear Professor Freud,

I begin with[:] again[,] with warmly thanking you for the great pleasure your kind reception of me in Wien gave me. I speak only of the personal question, for only work and not words can thank you for what I owe to you in your more public capacity as a writer, and that I hope later to do. My stay in Wien, short as it was, will always be a most memorable one to me.1

Next as to Gross.2 You know, no doubt, that he has definitely entered Burghölzli, so that at present, he is probably having a bad time in the early drugless days. I hear that Jung is going to treat him psychically, and naturally feel a little uneasy about that for Jung does not find it easy to conceal his feelings and he has a pretty strong dislike to Gross; in addition there are some fundamental differences of opinion between them on moral questions. However we must hope for the best. My relation to his wife is of course difficult. Gross is obsessed with the idea of my treating her and is expecting reports from both of us as to complexes etc.. It is dangerous to start on a campaign of lies with such a penetrating man as he is, and to refuse outright would be a serious thing to him in his present state and would not improve their relations to each other. It will probably end in a compromise, like most things, and at present I am just having some talks with her about their relations. Her hate against him is not at all so strong as I expected and is accompanied as usual by an opposed feeling of affection. Also her feeling for me is not so strong as you and I expected. (I do not think I am far wrong in this.) She has a whole series of nervous symptoms, but every thing seems to point to their being due simply to the difficulty of their relations to each other. For the past few months she has been—and to some extent still is—deeply in love with another man, and has had to conceal this from Gross, as the two men dislike each other. Gross gets great delight in getting other men to love her—no doubt a perverse paranoic development of his free love ideas. This she doesn't like, as she says it is her own business; in addition she has been very jealous about his relations with other women.

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