Untitled typescript, with manuscript additions and corrections by Samuel Beckett,
of a revised version of That Time; undated. 30 x 21 cm. 9 leaves. Inscribed 'TS 2' by Beckett. Pagination ff. 1-9 in
Beckett's hand. Item corrected by Beckett in black ink. Beckett divides his pages
into three equal vertical columns, headed 'A', 'B', and 'C'. In these columns, he
meticulously places each burst of speech in the correct order. The order reveals itself
as A C A B, C B C A, B A B C on ff. 1-5. This is then repeated on ff. 6-9. This is
the structure outlined in the holograph notes which accompany MS /1 but is here
vividly realised via the formal organisational device of the columnar structure. Beckett
has underlined in type the first and last three or four words of each of the sub-sections.
These underlinings emphasise the continuity of voices.
The piece includes minor stage directions incorporated into the text, in type on f.
4 after sub-section 'A4', and on f. 9 after the final sub-section 'C8'. Manuscript
stage directions are added by Beckett on f. 1, above 'A1', at the start of the piece,
and on f. 6 after 'B5'. The typed directions on f. 4 are subject to manuscript deletion
The columnar arrangement of material allows Beckett to work very closely on the individual
sub-sections of the piece. Each of these units is corrected and re-worked. The text
at the opening of the piece, A C A, is most heavily redrafted. There is a system of
manuscript numbering by which Beckett orders the sub-sections; this peters out on
f. 5. The draft contains twenty-four sub-sections, eight for each voice.
Bryden, Mary, Julian Garforth, and Peter Mills (1998), Beckett at Reading: Catalogue of the Beckett Manuscript Collection at the University
of Reading (Reading: Whiteknights Press and the Beckett International Foundation), pp. 91-92.
Abbreviated in the Manuscript Chronology as ET2.