Samuel Beckett
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

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Segment 1

[0106] The grain, now what do I mean by that, I mean...(hesitates)...
I suppose I mean those things worth having when all the dust
has - when all my dust has settled.
[0107] I close my eyes and try and
imagine them.
[0108] Long pause.

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Segment 2

[0110] Extraordinary silence this evening, I strain my ears and do
not hear a sound.
[0111] Old Miss McGloneme always sings at this hour.
[0112] But not tonight.[0113] Songs of her girlhood, she says.[0114] Hard to think
of her as a girl.
[0115] Wonderful woman though.[0116] Connaughtcht, I fancy.
[0117] (Pause.)[0118] Shall I sing when I am her age, if I ever am?[0119] No.
[0120] (Pause.)[0121] Did I sing as a boy?[0122] No.[0123] (Pause.)[0124] Did I ever sing?
[0125] No.

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Segment 3

[0126] Pause.
[0127] Have just been listening to an old year, passages at random.
[0128] I did not check it in the book, but it must be at least ten or
twelve years ago.
[0129] At that time I think I was still living on
and off with Bianca, in Street.
[0130] Well out of that, Jesus
yes.!
[0131] Hopeless business.[0132] (Pause.)[0133] Not much about her, just apart from a trib-
ute to her eyes.
[0134] Very warm.[0135] I suddenly saw them again.[0136] (Pause.)

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Segment 4

[0137] Incomparable![0138] (Pause.)[0139] Ah well...[0140] (Pause.)[0141] These old P.M.s are
gruesome, but I always find the them - (He switches off, broods,
switches on again
.) - a great help before embarking on a new...
(hesitates)...retrospection.
[0142] Hard to believe I was ever that young
whelp.
[0143] The voice![0144] Jesus![0145] And the aspirations![0146] (Brief laugh in
which Krapp joins
.)
[0147] And the resolutions!

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Segment 5

[0148] (Brief laugh in which
Krapp joins
.)
[0149] To drink less, of all things![0150] (Brief laugh of
Krapp alone
.)
[0151] Statistics.[0152] Seventeen hundred hours, out of the
preceding eight thousand odd, consumed on licensed premises alone.
[0153] More than 20%, say 40% of his waking life.[0154] (Pause.)[0155] Plans for
a less...(hesitates)...engrossing sexual life.
[0156] Last illness of
his father.
[0157] Flagging pursuit of happiness.[0158] Unattainable laxation.

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Segment 6

[0159] Sneers at what he calls his youth., relief that and thanks to God that it is over -[0161] false ring.[0163] Shadow of the magum magnum - opus magnum
(pause) - opus.
[0164] Closing with a - (brief laugh) - yelp to Provid-
ence.
[0165] (Prolonged laugh in which Krapp joins.)[0166] What remains of
all that misery?
[0167] A girl in a shabby green coat, on a railway-
station platform?
[0168] No?
[0169] Pause.

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Segment 7

[0170] When I look - [0171] (Krapp switches off, broods, looks at his watch
and goes backstage into darkness.
[0172] Ten seconds. [0173] Pop of cork. [0174] Ten
seconds.
[0175] Pop of second cork. [0176] Ten seconds. [0177] Pop of third cork.
[0178] Ten seconds. [0179] Brief burst of wavering song. quavering song.

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Segment 8

[0181] Now the day is over,
Night is drawing nigh-igh,
Shadows -

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Segment 9

[0182] Fit of coughing. [0183] He comes back into light, sits down, wipes
his mouth, switches on, resumes his posture
.
- back on the year that is gone, with what I hope is perhaps
something a glint of the old eyes to come, there is of course the house
on the canal where mother lay a-dying, in the early autumn, after

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Segment 10

[0184] - back on the year that is gone, with what I hope is perhaps
something a glint of the old eyes to come, there is of course the house
on the canal where mother lay a-dying, in the early autumn, after

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Addition 1
relief that and thanks to God that it is over -
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Addition 2
false ring.
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Doodle 2
Categories:
Shape, Oblong, Hatching
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Doodle 3
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