Samuel Beckett
Digital Manuscript Project
Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande


Segment 1

[0252] off, winds tape forward, switches on again)[0253] - my face in her
breasts and my hand on her.
[0254] We lay there without moving.[0255] But
under us all moved, and moved us, gently, up and down, and
from side to side.
[0256] Pause.

Segment 2

[0257] Past midnight.[0258] Never knew such silence.[0259] The earth myight be
[0260] Pause.[0261] Here I end-( end -
[0262] Krapmp switches off, winds tape back, switches on.

Segment 3

[0263] - upper lake, with the punt, bathed off the bank, then
pushed out into the stream and drifted.
[0264] She lay stretched out on
the floorboards with her hands under her head and her eyes
[0265] Sun blazing down, buit of a breeze, water nice and
[0266] I noticed a scratch on her thigh and asked her how
she came by it.
[0267] Picking gooseberries, she said.

Segment 4

[0268] I said again
I thought it was hoepeless and no good going on, and she agreed,
without opening her eyes.
[0269] (Pause.)[0270] I asked her to look at me
and after a few moments - (pause) - after a few moments she
did, but the eyes just slits, because of the glare.
[0271] I bent over
her to get them in the shadow and they opened.
[0272] (Pause. [0273] Low.)

Segment 5

[0274] Let me in.[0275] (Pause.)[0276] We drifted in among the reeds and stuck.
[0277] The way they bent, sighing, before the stem![0278] (Pause.)[0279] I lay
down across her with my face in her breasts and my hand on
[0280] We lay without moving.[0281] But under us all moved, and moved
us, gently, up and down, and from side to side.
[0282] Pzause.

Segment 6

[0283] Past midnight.[0284] Never knew -
[0285] Krapp switches off, broods. [0286] Finally he fumbles in his waistcoat pockets,
encounters the banana-skin, peers at it, hthrows it away, fumbles,
brings out the envelope, fumbles, puts back envelope, looks
at his watch, gets up and goes backstage into darkness.
[0287] Ten
[0288] Sound of bottle against glass, then brief siphon. [0289] Ten
[0290] Bottle against glass alone. [0291] Fifteen Ten seconds.

Segment 7

[0292] He comes
back a little unsteadily into light, goes to front of table,
takes out keys, raises them to his eyes, chooses key, opens
first drawer, peers into it, feels about inside it, takes out
reel, holds it up between finger and thumb [] peers at it, locks drawer, [] puts keys back in his pocket goes
and sits down, takes reel off machine, lays it on dictionary,
loads virgin reel on machine, takes envelope from his pocket,
consults back of it, lays it on table, switches on, joins tips
of fingers, clears throat and begins to record

Addition 1
Addition 2
peers at it
Addition 3
puts keys back in his pocket
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