Digital Manuscript ProjectKrapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande
 railway-station platform? No?
([₰] Pause. )[₰]
 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 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 dictionary. 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!
Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande © 2015 Samuel Beckett Digital Manuscript Project.
Editors: Dirk Van Hulle and Vincent Neyt