In the first session of an analysis, the patient brings a number of bottles of ink, each of which corresponds to a subject to be developed. Some are ready for use as brought; in others, the ink will have ‘dried up’ and need a diluent contributed by the analyst; while still others contain only residues of ink or are empty: these are the ones it will be most difficult to draw on for the writing of ‘lost stories’. The analyst’s work will substantially consist in this process of narrative cooperation, into which analyst and patient will dip their narrative nibs so as to develop the condensed inky agglomerate into stories (Ferro 2000d).