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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

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Segment 1

[0321] on.)[0322] Nothing to say, not a squeak.[0323] What's
a year now?
[0324] The sour cud and the iron
stool.
[0325] (Pause.)[0326] Revelled in the word spool.
[0327] (With relish.)[0328] Spooool![0329] Happiest moment
of the past half million.
[0330] (Pause.)

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Segment 2

[0331] Seventeen copies sold, of which eleven at
trade price to free circulating libraries
beyond the seas.
[0332] Getting known.[0333] (Pause.)

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Segment 3

[0334] One pound six and something, eight I have
little doubt.
[0335] (Pause.)[0336] Crawled out once or
twice, before the summer was cold.
[0337] Sat
shivering in the park, drowned in dreams
and burning to be gone.
[0338] Not a soul.
[0339] (Pause.)[0340] Last fancies.[0341] (Vehemently.)

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Segment 4

[0342] Keep 'em under![0343] (Pause.)[0344] Scalded the eyes
out of me reading Effie again, a page a day,
with tears again.
[0345] Effie ... [0346] (Pause.)[0347] Could
have been happy with her, up there on the
Baltic, and the pines, and the dunes.
[0348] (Pause.)[0349] Could I?[0350] (Pause.)[0351] And she?

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Segment 5

[0352] (Pause.)[0353] Pah![0354] (Pause.)[0355] Fanny came in a
couple of times.
[0356] Bony old ghost of a whore.
[0357] Couldn't do much, but I suppose better
than a kick in the crutch.
[0358] The last time
wasn't so bad.
[0359] How do you manage it, she

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