Digital Manuscript ProjectKrapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande
 Now the day is over
Night is drawing nigh-igh,
Shadows - (fit of coughing
.) xxx Faintly) - of the evening
Steal across the sky.
 Went to sleep and fe
elll off the pew. (Pause.) Sometimes
wondered in the night if a last effort mightn't - (Pause.) Ah
Ddrink out your bottle now and the bottle your poison now and get to your
bed. Finish this puke in the morning. Or leave it at that.
 (Pause.) Leave it at that. (Pause.) Lie propp
on my back
in the dark - and wander.ed up [0377|001] (Pause.) Be again in the dingle on
a Christmas Eve, gathering holly. (Pause.)
 Be again on Croghan
on a Sunday morning, in the haze, with the bitch, stop and
listen to the bells. (Pause.) And so on. (Pause.) Be again,
be again. (Pause.) All that old misery. (Pause.) Once wasn't
enough [⁁] for me. (Pause.) Lie down across her. (Long pause.  He suddenly
bends over machine, switches off, wrenches off tape, throws it
away, puts on the other, winds it forward to the passage he wants,
switches on, listens staring front.
 - gooseberries, she said. I said again I thought it was
hopeless and no good going on, and she agreed, without opening
I asked her to (Pause.) I asked her to look at lme
and after a few moments - (
Ppause.) - after a few moments she
did, but the eyes just slits, because of the glare. I bent over
gher to get them in the shadow and they opened. (Pause.  Low.)
 Let me in. (Pause.) We drifted in among the reeds and stuck.
 The way they bent, sighing, before the stem
.! (Pause.) I la ty
down across her with my face in her breasts and my hand on her.
 We lay without moving. But underneath us all moved, and moved
us, gently up and down, and from side to side.
 Pause.  Krapp's lips move.  No sound.
 Past midnight. Never knew such silence. The earth might be uninhabited.
 Here I end this
...(hesitates)...episode tape reel. Box...he (hestitates)... Bo
wx - (pause) - three, spool -(paus )e)- five. (Pause.)
Well... [⁁] [⁁] Pperhaps my best years are gone. When there was a chance of
happiness. But I wouldn't want them
over again back. Not with the
fire in me now. No, I wouldn't want them
over again back.
AKrapp motionless staring before him.  The tape runs on in a
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande © 2015 Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project.
Editors: Dirk Van Hulle and Vincent Neyt