Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0016794, Tue, 22 Jul 2008 15:10:32 EDT

Re: [NABOKOV-L] ADA: equations, analogies, three swans

In a message dated 22/07/2008 18:10:46 GMT Standard Time, jansy@AETERN.US

This sequence reminded me of Freud's comments [ Cf. S. Freud, The
Interpretation of Dreams, 1900, SE vol. IV, describing the joke in which a man,
accused of having damaged the teapot a neighbor had lent, expounded his innocence
by warranting that: (1) he had returned the teapot in perfect condition;
(2) the teapot was already damaged when he borrowed it; (3) he had never
borrowed his neighbor's teapot in the first place. Freud shows that each isolated
explanation is acceptable - not the hashed three when simultaneously
presented. This anedocte is also mentioned in 1905, on Freud's book on "Jokes and
the Unconscious" (ch.II, sec.8 on double-meanings that give rise to false
sophisms.) ]

Not a teapot. A kettle (Kessel).

Anthony Stadlen

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