Digital Manuscript ProjectKrapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande
 Front centre, sitting [⁁]
left profile to public, facing front on a small wooden chair before at
a xx small narrow w pooden table, [⁁] the two drawers of which xx the two drawers of which open towards audience facing front X.
 Little wearish old man.
nar black narrow trousers, too short for him.
 Rusty black sleeveless waist
ocaot, four capacious pockets. Heavy
silver watch and chain. Grimy white shirt, open at neck.
No collar. Surprising pair of dirty white boots, size ten, very
narrow and pointed.
the centre of table a tape-recorder. and On its right a number of cardboard
boxes containing recorded tapes.[0019|001] [⁁] On its left A thick worn ledger.
 Table and immeditaely adjacent area in strong white light. Rest
of stage in darkness.
[cf. Verso ←] 
(reading from ledger, his nose down on it). Box...thrree...
spool...five. (He turns his head and stares front.  With
relish.) Spool! (Pause.)  Spoool! (Pause.  He turns back to
table, starts peering and poking at the boxes.)
thrree...thrree...four...two...(with surprise) nine!..
good Jesus!...seven...ah!..the little rascal! (He separates box
three from the others.) Box thrree. (He opens it, peers at
the spools inside.) Spool...(he peers at ledger, finds the
f...five. (He peers at spools.) Five...five...(He takes
out a spool, straightens up, holds up spool between finger
 Spool five. (He lays it on table, closes box
three and puts it back with the others. He takes up spool.)
 Box thrree, spool five. (He puts spool on machine, peers
at ledger. Reading entry at foot of page.) Mother at
rest... The black ball... (He raises his head.  Puzzled.) Black
)  He peers again at ledger, reads.) The dark
nurse. (He raises his head, broods, peers again at ledger.)
 Improvement of bowel condition...
 (He peers closer.) Equinox, memorable equinox. (He raises
his head, stares front.  Puzzled.) Memorable equinox?  (Pause.
 He shrugs his shoulders, peers again at ledger.) Farewell
to - (he turns the page
s) - love.
 He broods, closes ledger, bends over machine, switches it
on and assumes listening posture,
;i.e. ear cupped towards .
machine, face front
ear pulled with leaning forward, elbows on table, ear pulled with forefinger toward hand cupping ear, face front.
 (Settling himself more comfortably
he A knocks a box off
the table. He c
aurses, switches off machine, sweeps boxes
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande © 2015 Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project.
Editors: Dirk Van Hulle and Vincent Neyt