Digital Manuscript ProjectKrapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande
happiness. Unattainable laxation. Sneers at what he calls
his youth and thanks to God that it is over. False ring
there. (Pause.) Shadow of the opus...magnum.
a - (brief laugh) - yelp to Providence. (Prolonged laugh
in which Krapp joins.) What remains of all that misery?
 A girl in a shabby green coat, on a railway-station plat-
 When I look -
 Krapp switches off, broods, looks at his watch, gets
up, goes backstage into darkness.  Ten seconds.  Pop of
cork.  Ten seconds.  Second cork.  Ten seconds.  Third cork.
 Ten seconds.  Brief burst of
wavering song. quavering song.
 - back on the year that is gone, with what I hope is perhaps
a glint of the old eye to come, there is of course the
house on the canal where mother lay a-dying, in the late
autumn, after her long viduity (Krapp gives a start), and
the - (Krapp switches off, winds back tape a little, bends
his ear closer to machine, switches on) - a-dying, after
her long viduity, and the -
 (reading from dictionary). State - or condition - of being -
or remaining - a widow - or widower. (Looks up.  Puzzled.)
 Being - or remaining?...(Pause.  He peers again at diction-
ary.  Reading.) "Deep weeds of viduity"...Also of an animal,
especially a bird...the vidua or weaver-bird...Black plumage
of male...(He looks up.  With relish.) The vidua-bird!
 Pause.  He closes dictionary, switches on, resumes listening
 - bench by the weir from where I could see her window.
 There I sat, in the biting wind, wishing she were gone.
Deserted spot it was, Hardly a soul just a few regulars, nurse-
maids, infants, old men, dogs. I got to know them quite
well - oh by appearance of course I mean!
 And yet when I was bold enough to speak
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