"I never knew the name of the novel, nor that of its author, but I can remember its conclusion very vividly"

   Freud refers here to the historical novel Hypatia by English author Charles Kingsley (1819–1875), recounting the fictionalised adventures of a Christian scholar named Philammon in 5th-century Alexandria.  Freud's recollection of the novel's ending is decidedly less than vivid: the hero becomes not a madman but a widely respected abbot before his death, and mingles into his prayers the names of the two women he loved, not three.  Falsely remembering a third enables Freud to continue his interpretation with a leap to the three Fates of classical myth (See note below). 

 

Online edition of Charles Kingsley's 'Hypatia; or New Foes with an Old Face', (1853)