ABSTRACT

In this chapter, the author wrote the tribute to S. Freud a week after his death on 23 September 1939, in London. It is a moving account of her appreciation of his genius and of his vision but, most importantly, of Freud the man; he comes alive as a person of great integrity and inflexible honesty, of humour and sensitivity. He had expressed surprise that the author found Melanie Klein's theories of child development relevant. The author discusses a certain reserve in his relationship with the outside world in his later life; perhaps it was an expression of his need to live as an 'ordinary man'. However, he never lost his ability to see the complexities of a situation, nor 'his acceptance of the truth and love of it which characterised him and inspired his work'.