Digital Manuscript ProjectKrapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande
 —gooseberries, she said. I said again I thought it was
hopeless and no good going on, and she agreed,
without opening her eyes. (Pause.) 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. I bent over her to get them in the shadow and
 (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 there without moving. But under us all
moved, and moved us, gently, up and down, and from
side to side.
 Here I end this reel. Box—(pause)—three, spool—
(pause)—five. (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 motionle r[₰] ss staring before him. The tape runs on
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