Samuel Beckett
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

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Segment 1

[0106] things that will matter to me worth the recalling having 20 years
xxx xxx xxx in later life
when all the dust has - this when
all this dust has settled.

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Segment 2

[0107] I try to
be the old man who one day perhaps will
listen to this
I close my eyes and try and
imagine them.
[0108] Pause.
[0110] Extraordinary silence this evening this evening. I
strain my ears and do not hear a sound.

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Segment 3

[0111] Miss Williams Old Miss Williams always sings
at this hour.
[0112] But not this evening.
[0112|001] I hope nothing has happened to her.
[0126] Pause.
[0127] I have just listened to one of the old an old year,
tapes, passages at random.
[0128] I did not
check it in the catalogue register, but it must
be at least ten or twelve years ago.

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Segment 4

[0129] I was living
then with Alba
, in xxx alley [ADDITION]Addition on page 14vAt that time I was living off and on in ?
street.
[0141] I must say I - (A stops
machine, broods at length, starts machine
again.
) - find it a great h this a
great help before embarking on a new ..
er .. review review.
[0142] I find it hard to
believe that young man was I.
[0143] Even the
voice is unfamiliar.
[0145] Aspirations,[0147] resolutions.

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Segment 5

[0149] To drink less, in particular.[0152] He speaks
of 17 hundred hours, out of the preceding
8000 odd, spent consumed on licensed premises
alone.
[0155] Plans for a fuller sexual life.[0156] Last
illness of his father.
[0156|001] References to his life's
work.
[0164] Closing with a - (brief laugh) -
an appeal to Providence.

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Segment 6

[0165] (Prolonged
laugh.
)
[0166] What remains of all that
twaddle lumber,
[0167] a girl in a shabby green
coat, on a railway-station platform?
[0169] Pause.
[0170] When I look -
[0171] A stops the machine, broods, gets up
and walks goes backstage into the shadows
.

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Segment 7

[0172] Pause of 10 seconds.[0173] Sound of a cork drawn
with
popping.
[0174] Ten seconds.[0175] Second pop.
[0176] Ten seconds. [0177] Third pop.[0178] Ten seconds.[0179] [ADDITION]Addition on page 14vBrief burst of song.
[0183] A comes back into light from an un-
expected angle
, say front right
,
sits down, resumes his pose, switches
on machine
.
[0184] back on the year that

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Segment 8

[0184] back on the year that
[0172] Pause of 10 seconds.[0173] Sound of a cork drawn
with
popping.
[0174] Ten seconds.[0175] Second pop.
[0176] Ten seconds. [0177] Third pop.[0178] Ten seconds.[0179] [ADDITION]Addition on page 14vBrief burst of song.
[0183] A comes back into light from an un-
expected angle
, say front right
,
sits down, resumes his pose, switches
on machine
.

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