Samuel Beckett
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

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Segment 1

[0392] the other, winds it to the passage he wants, switches on, listens
staring front
.
[0393] - gooseberries, she said?.[0394] I said again I thought it was hopeless
and no good going on, and she agreed, without opening her eyes.

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Segment 2

[0396] I asked her to look at me and after a moment or so [/] - (Pause) - after a moment or so she did, but
her eyes just slits because of the glare.
[0397] I leant bent over her to get
them in the shadow and they opened.
[0398] (Pause.)[0402] We drifted in among the
reeds and got stuck.
[0403] They way they went down bent, sighing, before the
stem.
[0405] I lay down across her with my face in her breasts and my
hand on her.
[0406] We lay without moving.[0407] But under us all moved and m
moved us, up and down, and from side to side.

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Segment 3

[0408] Pause.
[0411] Past midnight.[0412] Never knew such a silence.
[0414] Pause.
[0415] Here I end this tape., - (hesitates) - stage.[0416] box four, number th box - (pause) - four, number - (pause) - three.[0417] (Pause.)[0418] Perhaps my best yea years are over past.[0419] When
there was a chance of happiness.
[0420] But I wouldn't want them back.
[0421] Not with the fire in my me now.[0422] No, I wouldn't have want them back.
[0423] A sits motionless staring before him. [0424] The tape runs on in silence.

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Segment 4

[0425] Curtain

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Addition 2
for
Jake Schwartz
Sam. Beckett
March 1958
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