Friday, July 22, 2005

Ink Scrawl Nugget 5

Why Freud Doesn't Make Sense. . .
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'Some people are slow to give,' she said. 'It is something to do with how their mothers brought them up. I have read all about this problem in a book. There is a doctor called Dr Freud who is very famous and has written many books about such people.'

'Is he in Johannesburg? asked Mr J. L. B. Matekoni.

'I do not think so,' said Mma Potokwane. 'It is a book from London. But it is very interesting. He says that all boys are in love with their mother.'

'That is natural,' said Mr J. L. B. Matekoni. 'Of course boys love their mothers. Why should they not do so?'

Mma Potokwane shrugged. 'I agree with you. I cannot see what is wrong with a boy loving his mother.'

'Then why is Dr Freud worried about this?' went on Mr J. L. B. Matekoni. 'Surely he should be worried if they did not love their mothers.'

Mma Potokwane looked thoughtful. 'Yes. But he was still very worried about these boys and I think he tried to stop them.'

'That is ridiculous,' said Mr J. L. B. Matekoni. 'Surely he had better things to do with his time.'

'You would have thought so,' said Mma Potokwane. 'But in spite of this Dr Freud, boys still go on loving their mothers, which is how it should be.'
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From Tears of the Giraffe, the second book in the The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith

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