Anzieu [noting that Lacan had the idea first]
suggests that "the theory-a triad expanding into other triads-matches
the formal construction of the dream, where figures mostly appear
in sets of three" (1975/1986, p. 149). So Freud associates
to "Widows" (Irma, her friend, Martha), to "Elders"
(Breuer, Fleischl, Emanuel), and to "Equals" (Otto,