This is Beckett's penultimate extended prose piece from which comes the often quoted "Ever tried. Ever Failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." Beckett tried to translate the piece into French but gave up saying it was "untranslatable" However his long-time friend Edith Fournier published a fine French translation, Cap au Pire, in 1991. The piece runs to ninety-six paragraphs of varying length, the last one containing a sentence of a mere three words. "On" is the first word in the piece and it is also the last.