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THE DREAM-WORK

which is arranged around the base of the tower. She herself sits in a box with a lady friend (known to me). Her youngest sister tries to hand her from the parquette a big piece of coal with the idea that she did not know that it would last so long and that she must by this time be terribly cold. (It was a little as if the boxes had to be heated during the long performance.)

The dream is senseless enough, though the situation is well developed too—the tower in the midst of the parquette from which the conductor leads the orchestra; but, above all, the coal which her sister hands her! I purposely asked for no analysis of this dream. With the knowledge I have of the personal relations of the dreamer, I was able to interpret parts of it independently. I knew that she had entertained warm feelings for a musician whose career had been prematurely blasted by insanity. I therefore decided to take the tower in the parquette verbally. It was apparent, then, that the man whom she wished to see in the place of Hans Richter towered above all the other members of the orchestra. This tower must, therefore, be designated as a composite picture formed by an apposition; with its pedestal it represents the greatness of the man, but with its gratings on top, behind which he runs around like a prisoner or an animal in a cage (an allusion to the name of the unfortunate man), it represents his later fate. "Lunatic-tower" is perhaps the word in which both thoughts might have met.

Now that we have discovered the dream's method of representation, we may try with the same key to open the second apparent absurdity,—that of the coal which her sister hands her. "Coal" must mean "secret love."

"No coal, no fire so hotly glows
As the secret love which no one knows."

She and her friend remain seated while her younger sister, who still has opportunities to marry, hands her up the coal "because she did not know it would last so long." What would last so long is not told in the dream. In relating it we would supply "the performance"; but in the dream we must take the sentence as it is, declare it ambiguous, and add "until she marries." The interpretation "secret love" is then confirmed by the mention of the cousin who sits with