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It was Friedrich who felt himself to be “repulsive” and “monstrous,” 28 Chapter Three and who confirmed throughout his life the tabes dorsalis that ends the fragment. ”10 Nietzsche’s relationships to his father and his family have not formed part of Girard’s inquiry, in part because they go beyond the essential situation that he wants to draw our attention to, and perhaps he also wants to avoid any dangerous confusion with explanatory schemes of a Freudian type. 11 The trauma is not so much fully explained by its origin within the family as given its initial orientation by it.

But in the manifest definitive bleakness of the mental hospital, all real control had gone, and the inflated evacuation revealed the other side of pathological megalomania. If food represents life and power, evacuation represents loss and death. This death could not be accidental because the whole monstrous mechanism was brought into being by a threat that the subject was doing his utmost to avoid, shouting in anger, kicking, and parrying weapons aimed through the windows. Food itself became the vehicle of death, and was systematically poisoned (“I’m being poisoned all the time”).

16 July. Smeared with excrement [Kot geschmiert]. 18 July. Filthy with urine [Urin gesalbt]. [. ] 6 August. (He has) rubbed excrement on his leg [Ein Bein mit Kot eingerieben]. 14 August. Again very noisy. [. ] Drinks his urine again [Trank wieder Urin]. 16 August. Suddenly broke some window panes. He claims he saw a rifle barrel outside the window. [. ] 20 August. He puts excrement wrapped in paper in the drawer of the table [Legt Kot in Papier gewickeit in den Tischschubladen]. [. ] 10 September.

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