Freud on Dreaming & Reading
(Entrancement I)

In his book about dreams, which Freud cites with approval (1900, pp. 9,67), Hildebrandt (1975) writes that when we fall asleep, our whole being, with all its forms of existence, "disappears, as it were, through an invisible trapdoor". This, quite precisely, is the experience of the ludic reader who sinks "through clamorous pages into soundless dreams" (Gass, 1972, p. 27)... Moreover, ludic reading shares its absolute effortlessness with dreaming and daydreaming. Whatever work takes place in reading and dreaming, it is subjectively effortless.

Nell, p. 201

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