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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

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Segment 1

[0004] wearish small old man,[0014] almost
blind
[0014|001] (x objects, writing up against
eye),
[0015] almost deaf (cupped ear down
almost touching tape),
[0004] sitting
centre on small plain wooden chair
at small plain wooden table.

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Segment 2

[0019] On table: a thick worn ledger,
a tape-recorder and a number
of cardboard boxes filled containing recorded
tapes.
[0020] Table and immediately adjacent
zone in a circle of strong light,
[0021] rest
of stage in shadow.

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Segment 3

[0036] A. (reading from ledger, his nose down on it)
[0037] Box ... three ... spool ... five
[0038] (He turns his head from ledger away from table xxx xxx front,
without raising it
.
[0039] Appreciatively.)
[0040] Spoool![0041] (again, relishing the word.)
[0042] Spooool![0045] (He turns back to table,
starts peering at the boxes) and
fumbling at the boxes.
)

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Segment 4

[0046] Box ... three.
(He turns his head front without raising
it
. As before,). The rolling the r). Three!
(Pause) Thrreee! (He turns back
to boxes
) Box ..... box ...... (peering
at numbers) ......... four ......... two .....
(with surprise) ... nine! .... seven ...
ah! the little rascal!

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Segment 5

[0047] (He
separates the box from the others
)
[0048] Box three thrreee.[0049] (He opens it,
peers at the spools it contains
)
[0050] Spool
... (He turns back to peer at ledger,
peers at it, finds the entry
.) Five.
(He turns back to peer at spools.) Five ...
five ...
[0051] (He takes out a spool.)

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Segment 6

[0052] Spool
five.
[0053] (He places spool on table before
him, closes box and puts it back to
with the others
. He turns back to spool.)
[0054] Box thrreee spoool five.[0059] (He puts it
on the machine.
)
[0061] He x peers again at
ledger. Finally.
)
[0061|001] Passim.[0065] (He turns
head front without raising, stares

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Segment 7

[0065] (He turns
head front without raising, stares
[0052] Spool
five.
[0053] (He places spool on table before
him, closes box and puts it back to
with the others
. He turns back to spool.)
[0054] Box thrreee spoool five.[0059] (He puts it
on the machine.
)
[0061] He x peers again at
ledger. Finally.
)
[0061|001] Passim.

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Date 1
20.2.58
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Title 1
Magee Monologue
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