11. The river dries up
A Song emperor was sick.
He dreamt one night that the water in the river dried up.
Depressed, he considered, according to the traditional belief,
that the emperor is the image of the dragon which lives in the river.
If the river is drying out, the dragon will not have anywhere to live.
The emperor gave the interpretation of the manifest content of the dream,
but to reveal a latent content the Emperor questioned his ministers, and was told:
"The character hé: river, without shui: water,
this is ke: to be able to, but also "rather good".
The emperor rejoiced and was healed.
When one is sick, once one decides to recover,
one dreams with a latent content implying health and not death.