Samuel Beckett
Digital Manuscript Project
Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande


Segment 1

[0262] (KRAPP switches off, winds tape back,
switches on again)

Segment 2

[0263] - upper lake, with the punt, bathed off the bank,
then pushed out into the stream and drifted.
[0264] She lay
stretched out on the floorboards with her hands under
her head and her eyes closed.
[0265] Sun blazing down, bit of
a breeze, water nice and lively.
[0266] I noticed a scratch on
her thigh and asked her how she came by it.

Segment 3

[0267] Picking
gooseberries, she said.
[0268] I said again I thought it was
hopeless and no good going on and she agreed, without
opening her eyes.
[0269] (pause)[0270] 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
[0271] I bent over her to get them in the shadow and
they opened.

Segment 4

[0272] (Pause.[0273] Low):

[0274] Let me in.[0275] (pause)[0276] We drifted in among the flags
and stuck.
[0276|001] (head gradually down)[0277] The way they went
down, sighing, before the stem!
[0278] (pause)[0279] I lay down
across her with my face in her breasts and my hand
on her.
[0280] We lay there without moving.[0281] But under us
all moved, and moved us, gently, up and down, and
from side to side.

Segment 5

[0282] (Pause)

[0283] Past midnight.[0284] Never knew -

Segment 6

[0285] (KRAPP switches off, broods.[0286] Finally
he gets up and goes backstage into dark-
[0287] Ten seconds.[0288] Sound of bottle
against glass, then brief siphon.
[0289] Ten
[0290] Bottle against glass
[0291] Ten seconds.

Segment 7

[0292] He comes back a
little unsteadily into light, carrying mic-
rophone, lays it on table, takes reels
from tape-recorder, lays them on
dictionary, takes virgin reels from
drawer, loads them on tape-recorder,
plugs in mike, sits, takes envelope from
pocket, consults it, lays it on dictionary,
adjusts position of mike, concentrates,
clears throat, switches on, records)

Segment 8

[0293] Just been listening to that stupid bastard I took
myself for thirty years ago, hard to believe I was

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