chapter  8
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A HOLE IN ONE

There is at the present time a cultural trend in many parts of the world that gives an exaggerated, almost hysterical, value to the pursuit of games. Golf is prominent on that scene. The popularity of this game, though meteoric in its rise, must still leave many people so far distant from such interests that they are unaware of the pun in the title of this essay. A hole in one suggests that there is no hole in the other; but it is also a term, familiar to golfers the world over, meaning that one shot has sufficed to guide the ball into the hole when, under more ordinary circumstances, at least three would normally be required. It implies a very advantageous way of reaching the goal. Both meanings within the title are appropriate in this setting and are relevant to a goal in the study of hysteria.