Digital Manuscript ProjectKrapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande
after a few moments
she - (pause) - after a few moments
she did, but the eyes just slits, because of the glare.
 I bent over her to get them in the shadow and they opened.
 (Pause.  Low.) Let me in. (Pause.) We drifted in among the
flags and stuck. The way they went down, sighing, before
the stem! (Pause.)
 I lay down across her with my face in
her breasts and my hand on her. We lay without moving. But
under 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 reel. Box - (pause) - three, spool - (pause) -
(Perhaps.) (Pause.) Perhaps my best years are gone.
 When there was a chance of happiness. But I wouldn't want
them back. Not with the fire in me now. No, I wouldn't
want them back.
 Krapp motionless staring before him.  The tape
s runs on
Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande © 2015 Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project.
Editors: Dirk Van Hulle and Vincent Neyt