Denial always involves an act offaith, a faith that may be defined as faith in another possible beginning, a source other than the real historical source ofwhat really happened. When I deny something, in other words, when I negate the evidence, I postulate, without being able to affirm it, that everything could have been otherwise, that every thing could have happened differently. For example, I could have had another mother, another origin. “That’s not her, my mother” would then mean “My mother, it’s not her, the one that you think; there’s another one. There could have been another one.” Unwittingly, nega tion frees up the possibility of another story.