The analysis of the preconscious and in particular the use of the patient's analytical material (in his own language) has been neglected since Freud. The reason for this appears to be straightforward in that, since the preconscious can be reached by the conscious, the importance of the preconscious is negligible and language is superficial. To me, however, this viewpoint is superficial itself. The preconscious, as we have seen, is a privileged space where both the analyst and the patient can meet to share part of the transference and go forward together. There is no point in the analyst running like a hare if the patient moves like a tortoise.