Kohler applied the Page 69 Test to her new novel, Dreaming for Freud, and reported the following:
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On page 69 [inset below left; click to enlarge] we are in Freud's mind. The book has two protagonists: a young patient, based on Ida Bauer who is called Dora in the Dora case, brought to Freud by her father so that she will become more "reasonable," and the forty-four year old Doctor Freud who is struggling to make a living and prove his revolutionary theories.
Here he struggles with his infatuation for Fliess, a strange and controversial doctor he has met and whom he admires and calls his Other. He has not heard from him for a while and this irks and disturbs him. Fliess has helped Freud in many ways: listening to him and providing the interest, critiques, and encouragement he needed all through the writing of his The Interpretation of Dreams. They have quarreled, however, over the problem of bisexuality and who came up first with this idea.
Here as all through the book I have tried to convey not only the struggle for power between my two main protagonists but also their similarities: both Dora and Freud discover their bisexuality during this transaction as this passage makes clear.
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