TO: Suzanne M. Pitts, MD
FROM: Gary Freedman
DATE: November 16, 1993
RE: Waltzing Mathilde
This will direct your attention to the fact that James Joyce's novel Finnegans Wake contains a reference to Mathilde Wesendonk and her "Carter."
It may well be that my association of Robert Strauss and Mathilde Wesendonk is not idiosyncratic, but culturally patterned. If the latter is true, the meaning of the association lies in normative competence and is not limited to the sphere of privileged competence.