Samuel Beckett
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

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[0393] —gooseberries, she said.[0394] I said again I thought it was
hopeless and no good going on, and she agreed,
without opening her eyes.
[0395] (Pause.)[0396] I asked her to look at
me and after a few moments—(pause)—after a few
moments she did, but the eyes just slits, because of the
glare.
[0397] I bent over her to get them in the shadow and
they opened.

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Segment 2

[0398] (Pause.[0399] Low.)[0400] Let me in.[0401] (Pause.)[0402] We
drifted in among the flags and stuck.
[0403] The way they went
down , sighing, before the stem!
[0404] (Pause.)[0405] I lay down
across her with my face in her breasts and my hand on
her.
[0406] We lay there without moving.[0407] But under us all
moved, and moved us, gently, up and down, and from
side to side.

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[0408] ([]Pause.[0409] KRAPP'S lips move.[0410] No sound.)[]
[0411] Past midnight.[0412] Never knew such silence.[0413] The earth
might be uninhabited.
[0414] ([] Pause.)[]

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[0415] Here I end this reel.[0416] Box—(pause)—three, spool—
(pause)—five.
[0417] (Pause.)[0418] Perhaps my best years are gone.
[0419] When there was a chance of happiness.[0420] But I wouldn't
want them back.
[0421] Not with the fire in me now.[0422] No, I
wouldn't want them back.
[0423] ([]KRAPP motionler[] ss staring before him.[0424] The tape runs on
in silence.
)[]

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[0425] CURTAIN

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