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Freud, S. (1900). Letter from Freud to Fliess, March 11, 1900. The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess, 1887-1904, 402-404.

Freud, S. (1900). Letter from Freud to Fliess, March 11, 1900. The Complete Letters of Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess, 1887-1904, 402-404

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Sigmund Freud

Vienna, Sunday, March 11, 1900
IX., Berggasse 19

Dear Wilhelm,

At last a long letter from you! I have not heard from you since February 15; I was the one who wrote last, and apparently you did not receive a card I sent you at the beginning of March in which I called your attention to a book by Jonas on nasogenous reflex neuroses.1 In view of my increasing lack of freedom and your being tied down, and the dismal material that always forces its way into my pen; with the prospect of being pushed even farther from you and your family by the impending Breuerization2 — it would be utterly senseless to try to deny the influence of such circumstances and that of the women, at any rate, on our relationship — in short, in view of all these considerations I have resolved to reduce my claims on you. This is the reason for my prolonged silence, which I could make out to be waiting for an answer from you.

Now I am glad to hear so much from you, because I imagine you would be just as sorry as I if our correspondence were to dwindle and our meetings stop. I was astonished to see that three weeks had passed since I wrote to you. The time slipped by so imperceptibly, almost comfortably, under my new regimen, of which you shall hear. The children have all been well, Martha has felt better than usual, and my health has been excellent — regulated by a regularly recurring slight Sunday migraine. I have been seeing the same people every day, and last week I even started a new case, which is still in the trial stage and perhaps once again will not go beyond it. I have been virtually cut off from the outside world; not a leaf has stirred to reveal that the Interpretation of Dreams has had any impact on anyone.

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