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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

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Segment 1

[0106] worth having when all the dust has—when all my dust
has settled.
[0107] I close my eyes and try and imagine them.
[0108] ([] Pause.[0109] KRAPP closes his eyes briefly.)[]

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Segment 2

[0110] Extraordinary silence this evening, I strain my ears and
do not hear a sound.
[0111] Old Miss McGlome 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] Connaught, 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] Just been listening to an old year, passages at random.[0128] I
did not check 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 Kedar Street.

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Segment 4

[0130] Well out of that,
Jesus yes!
[0131] Hopeless business.[0132] (Pause.)[0133] Not much about
her, apart from a tribute to her eyes.
[0134] Very warm.[0135] I
suddenly saw them again.
[0136] (Pause.)[0137] Incomparable![0138] (Pause.)
[0139] Ah well....[0140] (Pause.)[0141] These old P.M.s are gruesome, but
I often find them—(KRAPP switches off, broods, switches
on
)—a help before embarking on a new...(hesitates)
...retrospect.

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Segment 5

[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![0148] (Brief
laugh in which Krapp joins.
)
[0149] To drink less, in particular.

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Segment 6

[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 per
cent, say 40 per cent 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.

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Segment 7

[0158] Unattainable laxation.[0159] Sneers at what he calls his youth
and thanks to God that it's over.
[0160] (Pause.)[0161] False ring
there.
[0162] (Pause.)[0163] Shadows of the opus...magnum.
[0164] Closing with a—(brief laugh)—yelp to Providence.
[0165] (Prolonged laugh in which KRAPP joins.)[0166] What remains of
all that misery?
[0167] A girl in a shabby green coat, on a

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