Samuel Beckett
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

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Segment 1

[0157] suit of happiness.[0158] Unattainable laxation.[0163] Shadow of
the magnum opus.
[0164] Closing with - (brief laugh) - a yelp
to Providence.
[0165] (Prolonged laugh in which A joins.)[0166] What
remains of all that misery?
[0167] A girl in a shabby green coat,
on a railway-station platform?
[0169] Pause.

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Segment 2

[0170] When I look -[0171] (A switches off machine, broods, looks at
watch, gets up and goes backstage into darkness.
[0172] Ten
seconds.
[0173] Pop of cork. [0174] Ten seconds. [0175] Second cork. [0176] Ten seconds.
[0177] Third cork. [0178] Ten seconds. [] [0179] Brief rau burst of raucous song.[][0183] He comes back into light front
right, sits down, switches on machine, resumes his pose
.)

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Segment 3

[0184] - back on over the year that is gone, with what I hope are [/] perhaps the
old eyes to come, there is of course the house on the canal
where mother lay a-dying, in the early autumn, after her
long viduity (A gives a start), and the - (A switches off
machine, gets up, goes backstage into darkness and comes

same way with a dictionary
(A givesa start), and the -
[0185] (A switches off machine, wind backs tape a little winds
back tape a little, bends his ear closer to machine
)

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Segment 4

[0186] -
a-dying, in the early autumn, after her long viduity, and
the -[]
[0187] A. - (A switches off machine, turns face front. [0187|001] Puzzled.)
[0188] Viduity?[0189] (Pause. [0190] He gets up, goes backstage into darkness,
comes back with a large dictionary volume of the Concise
Oxford or Johnson's dictionary and quotes example, lays it on the table, sits down, looks up viduity
,
[0191] xeadsreads, nods, [0206] closes dictionary, switches on machine, re-
sumes his pose
.)
[0207] Tape. - - baench by the weir from where I dcould
see her window.
[0208] There I sat, da wishing she were gone.

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Segment 5

[0210] Quite a number of people I got to know then, oh I mean by
appearance, nursemaids, children, iold men, dogs.
[0211] One dark
young beauty I recall recollect particularly, all white and starch, splendid bosom,[] with a big black hooded
pram.
[0212] Whenever I looked in her direction she had her eyes
on me.
[0213] But when I was foolish enough to speak to her she
threatened to call a policeman.
[0217] The face she had![0218] Eyes[0219] like
...moonstones.

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Segment 6

[0223] 8 I was there when - (A switches off, broods,
switches on again
) - the blind went down, one of those
dirty brown roller affairs, throwing a ball for a dog as
it happened. chance wd. have it.
[0224] I happened to happened looked up and there it was.[0225] Over
at last.
[0226] I sat on for a moment or two few moments with the ball in my hand
hand and the dog barking and pawing at me.
[0227] (Pause.)

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Segment 7

[0228] Moments
Moments.
[0228|001] (Pause.)[0229] Her moments. My moments.[0230] (Pause.) [][0231] The dog's moments.[0232] (Pause.)[][0233] In the
end I held it out to him and he took it in his mouth, gently
gently.
[0234] An old tennis ball, black and sodden, but unpunct-
ured.
[0235] (Pause.)[0236] I wonder will that mean something some day.
[0241] []Pause.
[0242] Bowels better on the whole.
[0243] Pause.

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Segment 8

[0244] Intellectually a year of profound gloom and indigence until
that memorable night in March, at the end of the pier, in
the howling wind, never to be forgotten, when suddenly I
saw the whole thing.
[0245] The turning-point, at last.This I
imagine is what I hacve chiefly to set down this evening,
against the day when my work will be done and perhaps no

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Segment 9

[0246] This I
imagine is what I hacve chiefly to set down this evening,
against the day when my work will be done and perhaps no

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Addition 1
Brief rau burst of raucous song.[]
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Addition 2
A. -
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Addition 3
or Johnson's dictionary and quotes example
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Addition 4
Tape. -
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Addition 5
all white and starch, splendid bosom,[]
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Addition 6
few moments
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Addition 7
The dog's moments.
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Addition 8
(Pause.)[]
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Addition 9
Pause.
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Addition 10
Bowels better on the whole.
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