Use of psychoanalysts as paid companions

Dalrymple draws attention to one of the characters in Nigel Balchin's 1945 novel Mine Own Executioner (1945). Lady Maresfield is a rich, spoilt and lonely woman whose marriage is unsatisfactory and who uses Milne [a psychoanalyst and the main protagonist] merely as a shoulder to cry on, almost as a paid companion. Her name is surely significant: when Freud came to live in England, his address was Maresfield Gardens [pictured right]'

Dalrymple draws attention to one of the characters in Nigel Balchin’s 1945 novel Mine Own Executioner. Lady Maresfield is ‘a rich, spoilt and lonely woman whose marriage is unsatisfactory and who uses Milne [a psychoanalyst and the main protagonist] as a shoulder to cry on, almost as a paid companion. Her name is significant: when Freud came to live in England, his address was [20] Maresfield Gardens

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