Samuel Beckett
Digital Manuscript Project
Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande


Segment 1

[0085] and ledger violently from table, switches on machine,
resumes his pose.
and ledger violently from table, windxs tape back to be-
ginning, swithc switches on machine, resumes pose
[0086] Thirty-
seven today,and sound apparently in wind and limb,[] as a whistle, apart
from the old trouble, and intellectually I have little doubt
at the peak of my powers, or thereabouts.
[0087] Celebrated the
awful occasion, as in recent years, quietly at the Winehouse.

Segment 2

[0088] No face there I knew.[0089] Sprawled before in front of the fire with closed
eyes, separating the grain from the chaff.
[0090] Jotted down a
few notes, on the back of an old envelope.
[0091] Good to be home
again, in my old rags.
[0097] The new light above my table is a
great improvement.
[0098] With all this darkness round me I feel
less alone.
[0099] (Pause.)[0100] In a way.[0101] (Pause.)[0102] I liked to get up
and move about in it, then back here to...(hesitates)...

Segment 3

[0105] Pause.
[0106] The grain, what do I mean by that, I mean...(Pause.) I
suppose I mean those things worth having when all the
dust has - when all this my dust has settled.
[0107] I close my
eyes and try and to imagine them.
[0108] Pause.

Segment 4

[0110] Extraordinary silence this evening. I strain my ears and
do not hearr a sound.
[0111] Old Miss Beamish Hare always sings at this
[0113] Songs of her childgirlhood, she says.[0112] I admire her
But not tonight.
[0115] I admire her. Wonderful woman.[][0116] Connaught.[0118] Shall I sing when I am her
age, if I ever am?
[0119] Unlikely. No. Hardly.[][0121] Did I sing as a boy?[0122] No.[0124] Did
I ever sing.?
[0125] No.
[0126] Pause.

Segment 5

[0127] I have just listened to an old year, passages at random.
[0128] I did not check in the book, but it must be at least ten
or twelve years ago.
[0129] At that time O I was still living on and off
with Furry Bianca [] in Trafalgar Street.
[0130] Well out of that.[0131] Hopeless
[0133] Not much reference to her. A queer passage about
her eyes.
[0135] I suddenly saw them aggain.[0137] Matchless.[0138] (Pause.)
[0139] Ah well.[0140] (Pause.)

Segment 6

[0141] These old P.M.s are gruesome, but I -
(A switches off, broods, switches on again) - always find them
a help before embarking on a new -er - conspectus new...
(hesitates)... conspectus.
[0142] Hard to believe I was ever that
young pup young pup.
[0143] The voice is not mine. That voice![0145] Aspirations. The And the aspirations![0146] (Brief
laugh in which A joins
[0147] Resolutions. The And the resolutions![0148] (Briedf laugh in which
A joins
[0149] To drink less, in particular.[0150] (Brief laugh of A alone.)

Segment 7

[0151] Statistices.[0152] Seven-
teen hundred hours, out of the preceding eight thousand odd,
consumed on licensed premises alone.
[0153] Over 20%.[][0155] Plans for a less wear-
ing sexual life.
[0156] Last illness of his father.
Flagging pur-
suit of happiness suit of happiness

Segment 8

[0157] Flagging pur-
suit of happiness suit of happiness

Addition 1
as a whistle,
Addition 2
Wonderful woman.[]
Addition 3
Addition 4
No. Hardly.[]
Addition 5
Bianca []
Addition 6
The And the aspirations!
Addition 7
The And the resolutions!
Addition 8
(Brief laugh of A alone.)
Addition 9
Over 20%.[]
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