Was really abandoned? Or is it a new beginning from what had only temporarily been abandoned, the English language? If so, this new beginning would start from the mud, in which the narrator is sinking. Beckett wrote this short text in order to overcome the which follows . His going back to his "mother tongue" brings him back to what he had been able to escape by writing in French. His violence, which recalls the violence of those who were dominated by anger in Dante's hell, is the cause of his sinking in the mud and is the symptom of repression rising to the surface.