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

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Segment 1

[0270] of the sun. glare.[0271] I bent over her
to get them in the shadow and they
opened.
[0272] (Pause.)[0276] We drifted into the in among
a patch of
reeds and got stuck.
[0277] The noise way they
made going went down under the blunt xxx blunt stem,
hissing.

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Segment 2

[0279] I went down across her lay down
across her with my face in her breasts and
my hand on her.
[0280] We lay there without
moving.
[0281] But underneath us all moved,
and moved us, gently up and down, and to and
fro.
[0282] (Pause.)
[0283] Past midnight.[0284] Never knew -

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Segment 3

[0285] (A switches off, sits brooding, [0286] feels fumbles in his
pockets, takes out an envelope, fumbles,
puts back the envelope, gets up and
goes front right into shadows.
[0287] Ten
seconds
.
[0288] Noise Sound of bottle against
glass, then brief siphon.
[0289] Then Ten
seconds.
[0290] Bottle against glass alone.

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Segment 4

[0291] Ten seconds Fifteen seconds.[0292] He comes
back front left into light, with an
unused tape in his hand
, sits down,
takes tape off machine and lays it
on table, puts tape in his hand on
machine
, takes envelope from
his pocket
, consults back of it, switches on
and begins to record.

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Segment 5

[0293] A Just been listening to that stupid
bastard I was 30 years ago, hard
to believe I was ever as bad as that.
[0293|001] xxx xxx with them and xxx
xxx xxx, xxx xx xxx
xxx
[0296] The eyes she had!

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Segment 6

[0297] (Broods,
realizes he is recording silence, switches
off. Broods.
)
[0299] Everything there, everything,
all the -
[0300] (Realizes this is not being
recorded, switches on.
)
Everything
there, everything every bleeding thing,

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Segment 7

[0301] Everything
there, everything every bleeding thing,
[0297] (Broods,
realizes he is recording silence, switches
off. Broods.
)
[0299] Everything there, everything,
all the -
[0300] (Realizes this is not being
recorded, switches on.
)

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