Samuel Beckett
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

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Segment 1

[0359] said, at your age?[0360] I told her I'd been saving
up for her all my life.
[0361] (Pause.)[0362] Went to
Vespers once, like when I was in short
trousers.
[0363] (Pause.[0364] Sings.)

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Segment 2

[0365] Now the day is over,
Night is drawing nigh-igh,
Shadows–(coughing, then almost
inaudible
)–of the evening
Steal across the sky.

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Segment 3

[0366] (Gasping.)[0367] Went to sleep and fell off the
pew.
[0368] (Pause.)[0369] Sometimes wondered in
the night if a last effort mightn't–
[0370](Pause.)
[0371] Ah finish your booze now and get to your
bed.
[0372] Go on with this drivel in the morning.

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Segment 4

[0373] Or leave it at that.[0374] (Pause.)[0375] Leave it at
that.
[0376] (Pause.)[0377] Lie propped up in the dark
–and wander.
[0378] Be again in the dingle on a
Christmas Eve, gathering holly, the red-
berried.

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Segment 5

[0379] (Pause.)[0380] Be again on Croghan on
a Sunday morning, in the haze, with the
bitch, stop and listen to the bells.
[0381] (Pause.)
[0382] And so on.[0383] (Pause.)[0384] Be again, be again.
[0385] (Pause.)[0386] All that old misery.[0387] (Pause.)

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