Samuel Beckett
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

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Segment 1

[0292] other tape on machine, takes envelope from his pocket, mlays it
other tape on machine, takes envelope from his pocket,
lays it on the table, switches on and begins to record
.

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Segment 2

[0293] Just been listening to that stupid bastard I was thirty
years ago, find it hard to believe I was ever as bad as
that.
[0295] (Pause)[0296] The eyes she had![0297] (Broods, realizes he is recording
qsilence, switches off, broods
.)
[0299] Everythingg there, every-
thing,on earth all the -
[0300] (Realizes this is not being re-
corded, switches on
.)
[0301] Everything there, everything on eart
on earth, all the light and dark and vice and crystal and
sorrrow and rejoicing of -
hunger & feasting crapulence of...(hesitates)...the ages!

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Segment 3

[0302] (Fiercely.) [0303] Yes! [0303|001] The unpardonable ages![0304] (Pause.)[0305] Let that
go!
[0306] Jesus![0307] Take his mind off his homework![0308] Jesus![0309] (Pause.
[0310] Weary.)[0311] Ah well, maybe he was right.[0312] (Pause.)[0313] Maybe he was
right.
[0314] (Broods. [0315] Realizes. [0316] Switches off. [0317] Consults envelope.
[0319] Crumples it rand throws it away. [0320] Broods. [0321] Switches on.)
[0322] Nothing to say, nothing.[0323] What's a year now?[0324] Reverie and
galloping constipation irreversible constipation.
[0326] Revelled
in the word spool.
[0327] (Pause.p (With relish.)[0328] Spoool!

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Segment 4

[0329] High
light
Happiest moment of the year.
[0330] (Pause.)[0331] Seventeen copies sold, of which
eleven in Tanganyika eleven in Tanganyika overseas.
[0332] Getting known.[0334] One pound
six and something, eight no doubt.
[0336] Crawled out once or t
twice, before the summer was over.
[0337] Sat in the park in the
middle of the brats and skivvies, dreaming and wishing I
were gone.
[0340] Last fancies.[0342] Swore to fight them off.

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Segment 5

[0342|001] Aspir-
ations.
[0342|002] Resolutions.[0344] Burnt Scalded the eyes out of me reading
Effie again, a page a day, with tears again.
[0345] Effie...
[0346] (Pause.)[0347] Could have been happy woith her, up there on the
cold sea, and the pines, and the dunes.
[0348] (Pause.)[0355] Fanny
came in a couple of times.
[0356] BBony old whore.[0357] Couldn't do
much, but better than nothing.
[0358] The last time wasn't so bad.

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Segment 6

[0359] WHow do you manage it, she said, at your age?[0360] I told her I'd
been saving up for her all my life.
[0361] (Pause.)[0362] Went to Vespers
ponce, like when I was a child.
[0367] And fell off the pew. [] Slept. [][0364] (Sings.)
[0365] Now the day is over
Night is drawing nigh-igh,
Shadows of the evening,
Steal across the sky.
[0367] Went to sleep and fell off the pew.[0368] (Pause.)[0369] Sometimesa
wondered in the night if a last effort mightn't -
[0370] (Pause.)
[0371] Empty the bottle now and get to your bed.[0372] Finish this pukxe½
tomorrow.
[0373] Or leave it at that.[0374] (Pause.)[0375] Leave it at that.

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Segment 7

[0376] (Pause.)[0377] Lie propped up on my back in the dark - and wander.
[0377|001] (Pause.)[0378] Be again in the dingle on a Christmas Eve, picking gathering
holly.
[0379] (Pause.)[0380] Be again on Croghan on a Sunday morning, in
the snow haze, with the bitch, stop and listent to the bells.
[0381] (Pause.)[0382] And so on.[0383] (Pause.)[0384] Be again.[0387] (Pause.)

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Segment 8

[0386] All that
old misery.
[0385] 5(Pause.)[0388] Once wasn't enough.[0389] (Pause.)[0390] Lie down
across he.r.
[0391] (Long pause. [0392] He suddenly bends to the machine,
switches off, wrenches off tape, throws it away, puts on
the other, winds it to the passage he wants, switches on,
listens staring front.
)

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Segment 9

[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.
[0396] I asked her to llook at me and after a
few moments - (pause) - after a few moments she did, but
the eyes just slits, because of the glare.
I bent over her ½

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Segment 10

[0397] I bent over her ½

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Addition 1
(Pause)
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Addition 2
hunger & feasting crapulence
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Addition 3
And fell off the pew.
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Addition 4
(Sings.)
Now the day is over
Night is drawing nigh-igh,
Shadows of the evening,
Steal across the sky.
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Addition 5
Went to sleep and fell off the pew.
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Doodle 1
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