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Thus, if Emma insists that the journey to La Vaubyessard "had opened a yawning fissure in her life," this declaration must be understood as a phantomic fiction in Abraham and Torok's sense: It objectifies another gap, which, however, can be designated but not abreacted, referring to the desire for self-expenditure at the heart of her elusive malaise, even while any original scene is a belated reconstruction.