Unlike the pleasure principle, where tension resolves in satisfied equilibrium, forepleasure
"serves to increase, not reduce tension" (Kerrigan, p.
In Patrimony three things belonging to Herman Roth - his money, his tefillin, and his own father's shaving mug - function as objects of forepleasure
and fetishism and thus not only signal what is to come but also embody the greater significance of Roth's patrimony.
The text seduces the reader and absorbs him or her in a textual/sexual dynamics which Peter Brooks calls forepleasure
or tropes of pleasure (7).