Samuel Beckett
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

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Segment 1

[0167] railway-station platform?[0168] No?
[0169] ([] Pause.)[]
[0170] When I look—
[0171] ([]KRAPP switches off, broods, looks at his watch, gets up,
goes backstage into darkness.
[0172] Ten seconds.[0173] Pop of cork.
[0174] Ten seconds.[0175] Second cork.[0176] Ten seconds.[0177] Third cork.
[0178] Ten seconds.[0179] Brief burst of quavering song.

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Segment 2

[0180] (sings.)[0181] Now the day is over,
Night is drawing nigh-igh,
Shadows—

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Segment 3

[0182] ([]Fit of coughing.[0183] He comes back into light, sits down,
wipes his mouth, switches on, resumes his listening
posture.

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Segment 4

[0184] —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—
[0185](KRAPP switches off, winds back tape a
little, bends his ear closer to machine, switches on
)
[0186]
a-dying, after her long viduity, and the—

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Segment 5

[0187] ([]KRAPP switches off, raises his head, stares blankly before
him.
[0188] His lips move in the syllables of 'viduity'.[0189] No sound.
[0190] He gets up, goes backstage into darkness, comes back
with an enormous dictionary, lays it on table, sits down
and looks up the word.

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Segment 6

[0191] (reading from dictionary.)[ ][0192] State—or condition—of being
—or remaining—a widow—or widower.
[0193] (Looks up.
[0194] Puzzled.)[0195] Being—or remaining?...[0196] (Pause.[0197] He peers
again at dictionary.
[0198] Reading.)[0199] 'Deep weeds of viduity.'
...
[0200] Also of an animal, especially a bird...the vidua or
weaver-bird....
[0201] Black plumage of male....[0202] (He looks
up.
[0203] With relish.)[0204] The vidua-bird!

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Segment 7

[0205] ([]Pause.[0206] He closes dictionary, switches on, resumes listening
posture.
[0207] —bench by the weir from where I could see her window.
[0208] There I sat, in the biting wind, wishing she were gone.
[0209] (Pause.)[0210] Hardly a soul, just a few regulars, nursemaids,

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