Samuel Beckett
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

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Segment 1

[0004] Front centre, sitting [] left profile to public, facing front on a small wooden chair before at a xx
small narrow wpooden table, [] the two drawers of which xx the two drawers of which open towards audience facing front X.
[0004] Little wearish old man.
[0005] Rusty nar black narrow trousers, too short for him.
[0006] Rusty black sleeveless waistocaot, four capacious pockets.[0007] Heavy
silver watch and chain.
[0008] Grimy white shirt, open at neck.
No collar.
[0009] Surprising pair of dirty white boots, size ten, very
narrow and pointed.

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Segment 2

[0010] Pallid face.[0011] Purple nose.[0012] Plenty of Disordered grey hair.[0013] Unshaven.
[0014] Very near-sighted (but unspectacled) and[0015] hard of hearing.[0014] No glasses.
[0016] Croaking Cracked voice,[0017] characteristic peculiar accent.

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Segment 3

[0019] On 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.
[0020] Table and immeditaely adjacent area in strong white light.[0021] Rest
of stage in darkness.
[cf. Verso] [0036] (reading from ledger, his nose down on it).[0037] Box...thrree...
spool...five.
[0038] (He turns his head and stares front. [0039] With
relish
.)
[0040] Spool![0041] (Pause.) [0042] Spoool![0044] (Pause. [0045] He turns back to
table, starts peering and poking at the boxes
.)

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Segment 4

[0046] Box...thrr
thrree...thrree...four...two...(with surprise) nine!..good
God!
Jesus!...seven...ah!..the little rascal!
[0047] (He separates box
three from the others
.)
[0048] Box thrree.[0049] (He opens it, peers at
the spools inside
.)
[0050] Spool...(he peers at ledger, finds the
entry)f...five. (He peers at spools.) Five...five...
[0051](He takes
out a spool, straightens up, holds up spool between finger
and thumb
.)

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Segment 5

[0052] Spool five.[0053] (He lays it on table, closes box
three and puts it back with the others. He takes up spool
.)
[0054] Box thrree, spool five.[0061] (He puts spool on machine, peers
at ledger. Reading entry at foot of page
.)
[0062] Mother at
rest...
[0064] The black ball...[0065] (He raises his head. [0066] Puzzled.)[0067] Black
ball?
[0067|001] (Pause.) [0068] He peers again at ledger, reads.)[0069] The dark
nurse.
[0070] (He raises his head, broods, peers again at ledger.)
[0071] Improvement of bowel condition...[0073]memorale Memorable...what?

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Segment 6

[0074] (He peers closer.)[0075] Equinox, memorable equinox.[0076] (He raises
his head, stares front.
[0077] Puzzled.)[0078] Memorable equinox? [0079] (Pause.
[0080] He shrugs his shoulders, peers again at ledger.)[0081] Farewell
to - (he turns the pages) - love.
[0082] 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.

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Segment 7

[0083] (strong young voice, rather pompous, but obviously his A's
at a much earlier time
.)
[0084] Thirty-seven today, and sound -
(Settling himself more comfortably he A knocks a box off
the table. He caurses, switches off machine, sweeps boxes

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Segment 8

[0085] (Settling himself more comfortably he A knocks a box off
the table. He caurses, switches off machine, sweeps boxes

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Addition 1
Typescript II of CRAPP'S LAST TAPE
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Addition 2
left profile to public,
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Addition 3
facing front
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Addition 4
the two drawers of which xx the two drawers of which open towards audience
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Addition 5
facing front
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Addition 6
On its left
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Addition 7
Jesus!
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Addition 8
ear pulled with leaning forward, elbows on table, ear pulled with forefinger toward hand cupping ear, face front.
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Metamark 1
Metamark: cf. Verso Note: Insertion point marked by a capital A, referring to a substantial addition on the verso
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Date 1
3.58
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