They share a large number of their properties with night-dreams, and their investigation might, in fact, have served as the shortest and best approach to an understanding of night-dreams.
Like dreams, they are wish-fulfilments; like dreams, they are based to a great extent on impressions of infantile experience; like dreams, they benefit by a certain degree of relaxation of censorship...
They stand in much the same relation to the childhood memories from which they are derived as do some of the baroque palaces of Rome to the ancient ruins whose pavements and columns have provided the material for the more recent structures.
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