In 1882, on Brücke’s (one of Freud’s university professors) advice, Freud reluctantly left the laboratory to take a lowly post at the Vienna General Hospital. The reason was romantic: in April, he had met Martha Bernays, a slender, attractive young woman from northern Germany visiting one of his sisters, and fallen passionately in love. He was soon secretly engaged to her, but too poor to establish the respectable bourgeois household that he and his fiancée thought essential. It was not until September 1886, some five months after opening his practice in Vienna, with the aid of wedding gifts and loans from affluent friends, that the couple could marry. Within nine years, they had six children, the last of whom, Anna grew up to be her father’s confidante, secretary, nurse, disciple, and representative, and an eminent psychoanalyst in her own right.
Sigmund Freud: A Brief Life
Peter Gay 1989