Samuel Beckett
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande


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Segment 1

[0205] Pause.[0206] He closes dictionary, switches on,
resumes listening posture.

Segment 2

[0207] –bench by the weir from where I could
see her window.
[0208] There I sat, in the biting
wind, wishing she were gone.
[0209] (Pause.)
[0210] Hardly a soul, just a few regulars,
nursemaids, infants, old men, dogs. I got
to know them quite well–oh by appearance
of course I mean!

Segment 3

[0211] One dark young beauty
I recollect particularly, all white and
starch, incomparable bosom, with a big
black hooded perambulator, most funereal

Segment 4

[0212] Whenever I looked in her direction
she had her eyes on me.
[0213] And yet when I
was bold enough to speak to her–not
having been introduced–she threatened to
call a policeman.
[0214] As if I had designs on her

Segment 5

[0215] (Laugh.[0216] Pause.)[0217] The face she had!
[0218] The eyes![0219] Like ... (hesitates) ...
[0220] (Pause.)[0221] Ah well ... [0222] (Pause.)[0223] 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

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