Samuel Beckett
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

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Segment 1

[0397] to get them in the shadow and they opened.[0398] (Pause. [0399] Low.)
[0400] And lLet me in.[0401] (Pause.)[0402] We drifted in among the reeds and
stuck.
[0403] They way they bent, sighing, before the stem.[0405] I lay
down across her with my face in her breasts and my hand on
her.
[0406] We lay without moving.[0407] But underneath us all moved,
and moved us, gently sofly gently, up and down, and from side to side.
[0408] Pause. [0409] A's lips move. [0410] No sound.
[0411] Past midnihgt.[0412] Never knew such silence.

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Segment 2

[0414] Pause.
[0415] Here I end this...(hesitates)...stage spool,[0416] Bbox - (pause) -
thrree, spool number - (pause) - five.
[0417] (Pause.)[0418] Perhaps my best
years are past gone.
[0419] When there was a chance of happiness.[0419|001] (Pause.) Happi - ness Happiness. (Pause.)[0420] But
I wouldn't want them back over again.
[0421] Not with the fire in me now.[0422] No,
I wouldn't want them back. over again.
[0423] A motionless staring before him. [0424] The tape runs on in silence

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Segment 3

[0425] Curtain

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Addition 1
gently
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Addition 2
(Pause.) Happi - ness Happiness. (Pause.)
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Addition 3
for
Jake Schwartz
Sam Beckett
March 1958
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