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adjective-head, belly, or legs) was supplied by each person ("Le cadavre exquis," d. La Revolution surrealiste, nos. 9 and 10; Varietes, June 1929), in the definition of something not given ("Le Dialogue en 1928," d. La Revolution surrealiste, no. II), in the forecasting of events which would bring about some completely unsuspected situation ("Jeux surrealistes," d. Varietes, June 1929), etc., we think we have brought out into the open a strange possibility of thought, which is that of its pooling. The fact remains that very striking relationships are established in this manner, that remarkable analogies appear, that an inexplicable factor of irrefutability most often intervenes, and that, in a nutshell this is one of the most extra- ordinary meeting grounds. But we are only at the stage of suggesting wheI'e it is. It is obvious, moreover, that in this area we would be making a foolish display of vanity by counting on our own resources, and nothing more. Aside from the demands of the calculus of proba- bilities, which in metapsychics is almost always out of proportion to the benefit that one can derive from the least allegation and which would reduce us, to start with, to waiting for our ranks to be swelled ten or a hundredfold, we must also reckon with the gift of dissocia- tion and clairvoyance, which is especially poorly shared among people all of whom, unfortunately, are more or less impregnated with aca- demic psychology. Nothing would be less useless in this connection than to try to "follow" certain subjects, taken both from the normal world and from the other, and to do SO in an attitude which defies both the spirit of the sideshow and that of the doctor's office, and is, in a word, the Surrealist attitude. The result of these observations ought to be set down in a naturalistic manner, obviously excluding any exterior poeticizing. I ask, once again, that we submit ourselves to the mediums who do exist, albeit no doubt in very small numbers, and that we subordinate our interest-which ought 110t to be overesti- mated-in what we are doing to the interest which the first of their messages offers. Praise be to hysteria, Aragon and I have said, and to
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180 Manifestoes of Surrealism There is no evidence that the Magi failed to keep their clothing and their souls in anything less than an impeccable state of cleanliness, and, expecting what we expect of certain practices of mental alchemy, I would like- wise fail to understand how we could, in this same con- nection, be any less demanding than they. And yet this is precisely what we are most roundly taken to task for, and it is this aspect that M. Bataille, who is currently waging an absurd campaign against what he terms "the sordid quests for every integrity," seems less willing to forgive its train of young, naked women sliding along the roofs. The problem of woman is the most wonderful and disturbing problem there is in the world. And this is so precisely to the extent that the faith a non corrupted man must be able to place, not only in the Revolution, but also in love, brings us back to it. I insist
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