The main dream analysis is at the following link:
The manifest content of a dream tempts us to explore the unconscious meanings of the images we imagine. We assume that every image or thought in the manifest dream conceals another, hidden thought.
I am in the city of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. It is evening (“The long day’s task is done.”). I am watching a performance of The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare that is being performed in the streets of the city. I am enthralled. The affect throughout the dream is one of elation. I don’t understand the dialogue, but I am able to follow the action. There is incidental music, as in A Midsummer Night’s Dream composed by Felix Mendelssohn. I am enchanted by the music. I know I have heard it before, but I am tormented by the thought that I can’t identify it. There is a procession through one of Amsterdam’s canals, which ends the performance. I find this enchanting. After the performance I go to a bar. An attractive Dutch serving girl approaches me. I say, “English.” She responds in Dutch, then walks off. She has another server (female) who speaks English take my order. I order a bottle of beer, Heineken, a Dutch beer. After I finish the beer I walk through the streets of Amsterdam and again experience enchantment and elation. I think, “My sister has to visit Amsterdam!! It’s beautiful.”
Perhaps the reference to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” refers not to the Mendelssohn incidental music but to some other music. Perhaps the reference to Amsterdam conceals thoughts about another city.
I am reminded of Scene 1 of the third act of Wagner’s opera, Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg. As morning dawns, Hans Sachs is reading a large book. Lost in thought, he does not respond as David returns from delivering Beckmesser’s shoes. David finally manages to attract his master’s attention, and they discuss the upcoming festivities – it is St. John’s day, Hans Sachs’ name day (June 21, Midsummer Day)! David recites his verses for Sachs, and leaves to prepare for the festival. Alone, Sachs ponders last night’s riot. “Madness! Madness! Everywhere madness!” (Wahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!) His attempt to prevent an elopement [note the theme of marriage] had ended in shocking violence. Nevertheless, he is resolved to make madness work for him today.
I propose that that the reference to Amsterdam in the manifest dream is a veiled reference to the city of Nuremberg, which I associated with the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal. The Nuremberg trials were a series of military tribunals, held by the Allied forces after World War II, most notable for the prosecution of prominent members of the political, military, and economic leadership of Nazi Germany. The trials were held in the city of Nuremberg, Germany. (“My sister has to visit Amsterdam” — or “My sister has to visit Nuremberg” — i.e., my sister should be tried for war crimes?)
I further propose that the thoughts about the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal in the dream correspond to thoughts about another legal tribunal, the D.C. Court of Appeals, in The Dream of Milton’s Successor.