Rigby and Rigby [1944]

Over our possessions we exercise a definite control; and when we “love” them, it is in part because they are fallen to us and become of us. Since the ego demands that whatever has become a part of itself should be as important as possible, there arises out of this a kind of protective proprietorship–as in the case of the “beloved,” possessed of the lover–which tends to magnify the virtues of the possessed. The game of conquest, the sense of triumph in victory, also plays its part; driving men on to seek ever more and more possessions, more conquests, which, once attained, enhance by just that much more the importance of the victor, the possessor. For the collector, the case has been most simply stated by Arnold Bennett when he says: “The collector has a museum of his own and he is the curator.” In other words, where his gathered possessions are concerned, if nowhere else, he is supreme master. And whatever other value his collection may have in the eyes of the collector, and there are usually many and more obvious ones, this extension of the “dominant and triumphant self” contributes the vivifying spark.–Lock, Stock and Barrel: The Story of Collecting

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