He took . . .
Mark Twain, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg.
. . . the paper . . .
David Evanier, The Man Who Refused to Watch the Academy Awards.
. . . out of his pocket, opened it, glanced at it, looked surprised and worried, and stood silent for a few moments. Then he waved his hand in a wandering and mechanical way, and made an effort or two to say something, then gave it up, despondently. Several voices cried out:
“Read it! read it! What is it?”
Mark Twain, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg.
His listeners were all experts on the twisted byways of erotic life. The great Richard von Krafft-Ebing, who had made sexual psychopathology his own, was presiding. Freud’s lecture was a lively, highly skillful forensic performance. The student of hysteria, he said, is like an explorer discovering the remains of an abandoned city, with walls and columns and tablets covered with half-effaced inscriptions, he may dig them up and clean them, and then with luck the stones speak—saxa loquuntur. He expended all this rhetorical effort to persuade his incredulous listeners that they must seek the origin of hysteria in the sexual abuse of children. All eighteen cases he had treated, Freud noted, invited this conclusion. But his mixture of colorful eloquence and scientific sobriety was wasted.
Peter Gay, Freud: A Life For Our Time.
A dozen men got up now and began to protest.
Mark Twain, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg.
The twelve men spake, and said . . .
Louis Ginzberg, The Legends of the Jews.
. . . that this farce was the work of some abandoned joker, and was an insult to the whole community.
Mark Twain, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg.
I felt as if I were going to the scaffold.
Arthur Rubinstein, My Young Years.
Afterwards they stood about in groups chattering. I heard some say: ‘It starts just as if he were out to play a carnival joke on the public.’ Others were disappointed that there had not been more hissing.
Natalie Bauer-Lechner, Recollections of Gustav Mahler.
The seduction theory in all its uncompromising sweep seems inherently implausible, only a fantasist like Fliess could have accepted and applauded it.
Peter Gay, Freud: A Life For Our Time.


In Orwell’s novel 1984, Emmanual Goldstein  exposes the true nature of the fictional state Oceana, an autocratic regime.  He writes a book about Oceana and is thereafter branded an enemy of the state.  Goldstein is always the subject of the “Two Minutes Hate, a daily program beginning at 11:00 a.m. at which an image of Goldstein is shown on the Telescreen and subjected to extreme contempt.  Goldstein is a prototype of the intellectual explorer who discovers a truth, disseminates that truth, and is then subjected to contempt by the community.  Another literary example of such a figure is the character Dr. Stockmann in Ibsen’s Enemy of the People.

In the text above, Freud is seen as an intellectual explorer who has discovered a truth, presents that truth to the community and is subjected to contempt by the community.

This is an important personal myth for me.  Is it a mere coincidence that I experience severe problems in groups?


Dr. Shengold writes about 1984 in Soul Murder.  He discusses the characters Winston Smith and O’Brien but omits any mention of Goldstein.  One wonders whether the character Goldstein is related to the issue of soul murder.  What is the psychological significance of a “Goldstein” identification?