Samuel Beckett
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

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Segment 1

[0128] it must be at least ten or twelve years ago.
[0129] At that time I think I was still living on
and off with Bianca in Kedar Street.
[0130] Well
out of that, Jesus yes!
[0131] Hopeless business.
[0132] (Pause.)[0133] Not much about her, apart from
a tribute to her eyes.
[0134] Very warm.[0135] I
suddenly saw them again.
[0136] (Pause.)

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Segment 2

[0137] Incomparable![0138] (Pause.)[0139] Ah well ...
[0140] (Pause.)[0141] These old P.M.s are gruesome, but
I often find them–(Krapp switches off,
broods, switches on
)–a help before
embarking on a new ... (hesitates) ...
retrospect.
[0142] Hard to believe I was ever that
young whelp.

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Segment 3

[0143] The voice![0144] Jesus![0145] And the
aspirations!
[0146] (Brief laugh in which Krapp
joins.
)
[0147] And the resolutions![0148] (Brief laugh in
which Krapp joins.
)
[0149] To drink less, in
particular.
[0150] (Brief laugh of Krapp alone.)

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Segment 4

[0151] Statistics.[0152] Seventeen hundred hours, out of
the preceding eight thousand odd,
consumed on licensed premises alone.
[0153] More than 20%, say 40% of his waking
life.
[0154] (Pause.)[0155] Plans for a less ... (hesitates)
... engrossing sexual life.
[0156] Last illness of his
father.
[0157] Flagging pursuit of happiness.

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