La Somnabule


The Dream Interpretation Machine

"Just like poems and art, dreams constantly use symbols to hide our real feelings. For example, a calm scene that turns into a storm that threatens your family may symbolise your loving outside, but also your angry feelings towards them inside.

In condensation a small part of the dream may represent a major, life-long psychological drive or conflict. Example: dreaming of receiving food and presents may reflect decades of feeling unloved or neglected and an enormous need for love.

Displacement is a simple way of denying some motivation, e.g. dreaming that a friend is angry at you may be to hide that you are angry at him. Or, dreaming that a stranger is attracted to your lover may reflect your insecurity about your lover's faithfulness.

But don't be afraid. After all, it is but a dream."

Genevieve Bouris, Au Bout de la Rêve,1962

It is from her thesis Au Bout de la Rêve, that we have tried to reconstruct Mme. Zelda's Dream Interpretation Machine. You are welcome to try it. Simply write down your dream in the text box. Use short and concise sentences. Write the subjects or objects you think are important in capitals. When you're done, press the 'What does it mean?' button. Bonne Chance!

"Mme. Zelda's Dream Interpretation Machine" was seen in Paris in 1964, on twelve different locations. The picture you see on this page, is a prototype we found last year, after a long search, with a distant relative of Madame Zelda.

Who is "Madame Zelda"? Presumably, she was born as Genevieve Bouris, in 1942, in Algeria. At an early age, she acquired the nickname La Somnabule", because she went through many sleepwalking episodes. She moved with her parents to the outskirts of Paris in 1953, where they started a small business. Genevieve was a bright student and studied psychology and philosophy, but never finished in order to obtain a degree. With her fellow students (one of them is now the acclaimed psychology professor Etienne Querais!) she founded the Ecole Rêvue, and organised dream workshops twice a week in the small back room of her parent's shop.

From her dream research and diaries she wrote a thesis on dream analysis (Au Bout de la Rêve, 1962), that was rejected by the university because of "the abundance of inconsistencies and plagiarisms".
Desillusioned, she left her promising career at the university and worked in her parent's shop. It was at that time the Dream Interpretation Machines started to appear in various Paris localities. Until this day, nobody knows how they worked. Some say they were extremely accurate in interpreting dreams - others claim it was just an amusement park attraction and a big hoax. Nevertheless, within the year they were placed, the mayor of Paris ordered them to be removed, for reasons that are still unknown.

Not long after that, "Zelda" and her parents moved out of Paris, and nobody knows where Genevieve Bouris is right now, or if she is still among the living. Some claim she is currently living in Algeria again, in a remote village, under a different name. Others say she married an American tourist and moved to Kansas.
Disclaimer: The Mme. Zelda Dream Interpretation Machine is presented to you by The Dream Explanatorium as a free, no liabilities (no consideration, i.e. no fee) service for all internet users. We make no claims that this free service will be successful. All interpretations and explanations are the responsibility of the user and his or her dream. The Dream Explanatorium assumes no responsibility for any loss, damages, injury, or any other harm incurred as a direct or indirect result of using our services.
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