Samuel Beckett
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

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Segment 1

[0357] n't do lmuch, but I suppose better than nothing.[0358] The last
time wasn't so bad.
[0359] How 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 once, like when I was a child.[0363] (Pause. [0364] Sings.)

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Segment 2

[0358] The last
time wasn't so bad.
[0359] How 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 once, like when I was a child.[0363] (Pause. [0364] Sings.)

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Segment 3

[0365] Now the day is over
Night is drawing nigh-igh,
Shadows - (fit of coughing.) xxx Faintly) - of the evening
Steal across the sky.

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Segment 4

[0367] Went to sleep and feelll off the pew.[0368] (Pause.)[0369] Sometimes
wondered in the night if a last effort mightn't -
[0370] (Pause.)[0371] Ah
Ddrink out your bottle now and the bottle your poison now and get to your
bed.
[0372] Finish this puke in the morning.[0373] Or leave it at that.
[0374] (Pause.)[0375] Leave it at that.[0376] (Pause.)[0377] Lie proppsed up on my back
in the dark - and wander.
[0377|001] (Pause.)[0378] Be again in the dingle on
a Christmas Eve, gathering holly.
[0379] (Pause.)

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Segment 5

[0380] Be again on Croghan
on a Sunday morning, in the haze, with the bitch, stop and
listen to the bells.
[0381] (Pause.)[0382] And so on.[0383] (Pause.)[0384] Be again,
be again.
[0385] (Pause.)[0386] All that old misery.[0387] (Pause.)[0388] Once wasn't
enough [] for me.
[0389] (Pause.)[0390] Lie down across her.[0391] (Long pause. [0392] 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
.

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Segment 6

[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[0395] (Pause.)[0396] 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.
[0397] I bent over
gher to get them in the shadow and they opened.
[0398] (Pause. [0399] Low.)

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Segment 7

[0400] Let me in.[0401] (Pause.)[0402] We drifted in among the reeds and stuck.
[0403] The way they bent, sighing, before the stem.![0404] (Pause.)[0405] I laty
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 up and down, and from side to side.

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Segment 8

[0408] Pause. [0409] Krapp's lips move. [0410] No sound.
[0411] Past midnight.[0412] Never knew such silence.[0413] The earth might be uninhabited.
[0414] Pause.
[0415] Here I end this...(hesitates)...episode tape reel.[0416] Box...he (hestitates)...
three,
Bowx - (pause) - three, spool -(paus)e)- five.
[0417] (Pause.)

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Segment 9

[0418] Well... [] [] Pperhaps my best years are gone.[0419] When there was a chance of
happiness.
[0420] But I wouldn't want them over again back.[0421] Not with the
fire in me now.
[0422] No, I wouldn't want them over again back.
[0423] AKrapp motionless staring before him. [0424] The tape runs on in a
silence.

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Segment 10

[0425] Curtain

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Addition 1
gently
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Addition 2
Well... []
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Addition 3
for Jake Schwartz
Sam. Beckett
March 1958
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