THE LOYAL OPPOSITION OF LOUISE VON SALOMÉ
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I cannot forego noting the outstanding literary quality of the FreudSalome letters. Freud tended to be terse in this interchange, so that the most beautiful and moving of the letters are Salome's toward the end of her life. She must have been a woman of grace and tact, in addition to her beauty and intelligence. From the beginning, she refrained from burdening Freud, by writing him less often than she might have wanted to. It was in the fall of 1914, during a period of renewed isolation caused by the loss of his followers and sons to the military, that Freud turned to her openly, asking for a word of comfort. Salome responded by stepping up the pace of the correspondence. The steady stream of correspondence during the war years came to an end in August 1919, to be succeeded by very occasional contacts until the fall of 1921. At that time, Salome came to Vienna at Freud's invitation and stayed at Berggasse 19 for almost six weeks. Much of this time was evidently devoted to continuous "analytic work" (whatever that may have meant) with the young Anna Freud, who subsequently made a number of visits to Salome's home in Gottingen, presumably to continue this effort. An active correspondence then began between the two women, the letters to Freud henceforth serving only special functions not adequately taken care of by communicating through his daughter.