A young girl is both schizophrenic and abuses drugs. She has many fantasies involving fire. A medical student sends her to a senior doctor and especially instructs her to tell that he sent her. The doctor's attitude is that it is natural to feel a little depressed at this time of the year. When she asks if he is not going to make an examination he answers that that is not necessary. This is less than one week before the catastrophe. But from another corner she encounters a most sincere will to help her, viz. from a Catholic priest concerned with exorcism. It is not his fault that she is starch naked in one scene. But it cannot be a pleasure to a celibate to carry a young and beautiful female body in his arms. After a few days of exorcism she has become calm and quiet; the devils had left her. On the next day she effectively chains herself inside a car, throws the key away, pours gasoline all over, and lightens it. One would wish this was also a psychotic fantasy but it is not.
Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden
16 September 1992 (France)
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