“An Economy of Dreams – II” / A Memorable Fancy #216

[Neuroscientists find a way to record dreams as the dreamer experienced them.]

“Bad dreams? SootheSleep Inc. can end them once and for all. Think of the pleasure of knowing you won’t wake up shivering in terror, or keeping your bedmate awake with your groans and thrashing.

“SootheSleep is a simple device you wear on your head. It detects abnormally strong negative brain waves and generates positive waves until your brain returns to normal.

“What is the price of this wonderful new scientific advance? My friends, absolutely nothing! Zero! That’s right …”

Ellie Adams had been having bad dreams about her ex-husband, so when she saw the SootheSleep commercial she immediately ordered one. With some trepidation that night, she pressed the “on” switch. The device auto-connected to the Net, charged itself up, and hummed happily. Still not sure if this was a good idea, Ellie closed her eyes and eventually slept.

After several nights of use, Ellie realized that she was no longer having bad dreams. Instead, she had dreamed quite pleasantly of Wal-Mart, and Starbucks, and Buicks, and how great it would feel to allow T. Rowe Price to handle her money.

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