Digital Manuscript ProjectKrapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande
 dictionary, lays it on table, sits down
and looks up the word)
 (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.
 One dark young beauty I recollect
particularly, all white and starch, incomparable
bosom, with a big black hooded perambulator, most
funereal thing. Whenever I looked in her direction she
had her eyes on me. And yet when I was bold enough to
speak to her - not having been introduced - she threatened
to call a policeman. As if I had designs on her virtue!
 (laugh. Pause) The face she had! The eyes! Like
...(hesitates)...chrysolite! (pause) Ah well...
 (pause) I was there when - (KRAPP switches off,
broods, switches on again) - the blind went down, one
of those dirty brown roller affairs, throwing a ball
for a little white dog as chance would have it. I
happened to look up and there it was. All over and done
with, at last. I sat on for a few moments with the ball
in my hand and the dog yelping and pawing at me.
 (pause) Moments. Her moments, my moments.
 (pause) The dog's moments. (pause) In the end
I held it out to him and he took it in his mouth, gently,
gently. A small, old, black, hard, solid rubber ball.
 (pause) I shall feel it, in my hand, until my dying
day. (pause) I might have kept it. (pause) But I
gave it to the dog.
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