John Cannon, a financially improvident excise officer and charity school master, had this dream at the age of fifty-four. He had been married for twenty-five years, and was the father of five children. Yet even he could not dream of a sexual encounter without unconsciously linking it to courtship and marriage. In a series of erotic dreams he records in his voluminous memoirs, Cannon consistently links sex and marriage, and is frequently stricken down by uncertainty about his ability to contract a valid dream marriage.
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