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


Segment 1

[0388] Once wasn't enough for you.[0389] (Pause.)[0390] Lie
down across her.

Segment 2

[0391] Long pause.[0392] He suddenly bends over
machine, switches off, wrenches off tape,
throws it away, puts on the other, winds it
forward to the passage he wants, switches
on, listens staring front.

Segment 3

[0393] –gooseberries, she said.[0394] I said again I
thought it was hopeless and no good going
on, and she agreed, without opening her
[0395] (Pause.)[0396] 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 glare.

Segment 4

[0397] I bent over her
to get them in the shadow and they
[0398] (Pause.[0399] Low.)[0400] Let me in.
[0401] (Pause.)[0402] We drifted in among the flags
and stuck.

Segment 5

[0403] The way they went down,
sighing, before the stem!
[0404] (Pause.)[0405] I lay
down across her with my face in her
breasts and my hand on her.
[0406] We lay there
without moving.
[0407] But under us all moved,
and moved us, gently, up and down, and
from side to side.

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