Samuel Beckett
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

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Segment 1

[0301] all the light and dark of the ... (hesitates)
... ages.
[0305] Let that go![0306] Jesus![0307] Take
his mind off his homework!
[0308] Jesus!
[0309] (Pause.)[0311] Ah well, maybe he was
right.
[0312] (Pause.)[0313] Maybe he was right.
[0314] (Broods.[0316] Switches off.[0317] Consults
envelope
.
[0319] Crumples it and throws it
away
.
[0320] Broods.[0321] Switches on.)

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Segment 2

[0322] Not a goddamn thing to say.[0323] What's a
year now?
[0324] Reverie and constipation obstipation.
The old trouble. The odd hard stool.
[0331] Seventeen copies sold, one pound
six and something, eight probably.

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Segment 3

[0332] xxx Getting known.[0336] Went
out a couple of times once or twice, in July or
August.
[0337] Sat in the park in the
middle of the brats and skivvies,
dreaming & wished and wishing I were gone.

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Segment 4

[0344] Read Effie [ADDITION]Addition on page 18vBurnt the eyes out of me reading Effie again, a couple of pages
a day, with tears again.
[0347] Could
have been happy with her, up there
on the cold sea, and the woods pines, and
the dunes.
[0348] (Pause.)[0355] Cxxx Fanny
came in a couple of times.
[0356] Fat
old whore.
[0357] Couldn't do much, but
better than nothing.

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Segment 5

[0358] The last time
wasn't so bad.
[0359] How do you do it,
she 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 a child.
[0367] Fast asleep. Slept.[0368] (Pause.)[0369] Days when Sometimes wondered in the night
I wonder x if a last effort wouldn't mightn't -

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Segment 6

[0370] (Pause.)[0371] xx Empty the bottle now and
get to bed.
[0372] Finish this vomit tomorrow.
[0373] Or leave it at that.[0374] (Pause.)[0375] Leave it
at that.
[0376] (Pause.)[0377] Lie propped up on my
back in the dark, and wander.
[0378] Be
again in the dingle on a Xmas Eve,
with my nanny, picking xx picking
holly.
[0379] (Pause)Walk over Be again on Croghan on a Sunday

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Segment 7

[0380] Walk over Be again on Croghan on a Sunday
[0370] (Pause.)[0371] xx Empty the bottle now and
get to bed.
[0372] Finish this vomit tomorrow.
[0373] Or leave it at that.[0374] (Pause.)[0375] Leave it
at that.
[0376] (Pause.)[0377] Lie propped up on my
back in the dark, and wander.
[0378] Be
again in the dingle on a Xmas Eve,
with my nanny, picking xx picking
holly.
[0379] (Pause)

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