Chapter & Verse

Correspondence on not-so-famous lost words

Martha Neumann hopes to learn if Freud indeed made a comment often attributed to him: Immortality is being loved by many anonymous people.

Ann Martin seeks sources for a favorite postprandial family comment: Very good, what there was of it, and plenty of it, such as it was. Google has yielded an 1871 source: Washoe Revisited, from J. Ross Brownes Adventures in the Apache Country. But Browne was born in Ireland. Can anyone push further back?

Eurasian (September-October). R.W. Tucker recognized this anecdote from How I Was Initiated into the Best Tribe, an essay from Dead Man in the Silver Market (1953), by Aubrey Menen.

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