WEEK 114: (12th – 18th January 1920)

“I had been reading Psychoanalysis, on loan from Dorothea – a very interesting and suggestive book, which makes me want to read Freud and others. What a lot of apology she has to make for the large part that sex is supposed to play in the unconscious mind – as if most people must be taken for granted as hating & resenting the existence of sexuality in themselves. And yet those people would like things that would revolt me. Dorothea had got able to write automatically by this time, and got a message from Mr Black for his wife.”

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WEEK 113: (5th – 11th January 1920)

I went to St. Declan’s a.d. to mind Louis while Dorothea went canvassing with Mrs Hayden. He was out with Miss Nesbitt, but came in soon, and was very cross and miserable for a long time. I told D. of the communications I had had from her mother mostly about her children & their likeness to her, which she said were quite true – that she was like her in eyes & mind, & suffered for want of an interest in his life & that Tony was very little changed since she left them. D. had been trying to write, but could not, so I brought her the Ouija board.”

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WEEK 111: (22nd – 28th December 1919)

“Fine cold day. Aunt H. gave me a new umbrella & some chocolate. W. Waring sent me a little round photo frame, but the glass arrived cracked, J. Webb sent me a queer little tiny pen in a case, Aunt Maggie some lovely handkerchiefs, Aunt Bessie a handkerchief, Helen a cobwebly little handkerchief case. T. & D. a fine big muffler of the sort that’s going now, & Nancy a very grand Browning calendar. I have Aunt H. The Ship that Sailed too Soon & a photoframe, & Uncle E. green grapes. Ben sent me Darrell Figgis’s Byeways of Study, & I read most of it that morning. The articles on Parnell & H. O’Neill’s terms were very interesting. “

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WEEK 107: (24th – 30th November 1919)

“Mrs Coade came to visit us in the afternoon, and was very interested in automatic writing. She never does it since an experience she had of a dark & miserable spirit writing through her & wanting relief, which she was able to give it through prayer. She read Hanna’s handwriting & gave a pretty true account of her – said she was very sensitive really & easily hurt but was able to conceal it.”

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WEEK 106: (17th – 23rd November 1919)

“Aunt H. and I tried to work a Ouija set that she had made, & it did not work well when we tried together but did better separately. It went very well for me, purporting to represent Papa & saying one or two things that were very like them. Later on I tried writing with a pencil which I had never been able to do, & after 10 minutes or so it began to move, & presently wrote – very badly, & rather nonsensically under the name of Wolfe Tone.”

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WEEK 105: (10th – 16th November 1919)

“I went to the Stephens’s & she to the Franchise League. Ned & Lily were alone, with a book on dreams that looked very interesting; by some German professor. Ned said it held that all dreams were products of the subconscious self & showed what it wanted & was like when scientifically examined – & that most dreams are connected with sex – inhibited sex desires chiefly. Comparatively few of mine are, as far as I can see.”

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