Digital Manuscript ProjectKrapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande
crest of the wave - or thereabouts. Celebrated the
awful occasion, as in recent years, quietly at the
Winehouse. Not a
living soul. Sat before the fite fire
with closed eyes, separating the grain from the husks.
 Jotted down a few notes, on the back of an envelope. Good
to be back in my den, in my old rags. Have just eaten I regret
to say three bananas and only with difficulty refrained
from a fourth. Fatal things for a man with my condition.
 (Vehemently.) Cut 'em out! (Pause.) The new light above
my table is a great improvement. With all this darkness
round me I feel less alone. (Pause.) In a way. (Pause.)
 I love to get up and move about in it, then back here
to...(hesitates)...me. (Pause.) Krapp.
 Extraordinary silence this evening, I strain my ears
and do not hear a sound. Old Miss McGlome always sings
at this hour. But not tonight. Songs of her girlhood, she
says. Hard to think of her as a girl. Wonderful woman
though. Connacht, I fancy. (Pause.) Shall I sing when I
am her age, if I ever am? No. (Pause.) Did I sing as a
boy? No. (Pause.) Did I ever sing? No.
 Just been listening to an old year, passages at random.
 I did not check in the book, but it must be at least ten
or twelve years ago. At that time I think I was still
living on and off with Bianca in Kedar Street. Well out
of that, Jesus yes! Hopeless business. (Pause.) Not much
about her, apart from a tribute to her eyes. Very warm. I
suddenly saw them again. (Pause.) Incompa
 Ah well...(Pause.) These old P.M.s are gruesome, but I
often find them - (Krapp switches off, broods, switches on) -
a help before embarking on a new...(hesitates)...retrospect.
 Hard to believe I was ever that young whelp.The voice!
 Jesus! And the
resolutions! aspirations /! (Brief laugh in which Krapp
joins.) And the resolutions! (Brief laugh in which Krapp
 To drink less, in particular. (Brief laugh of Krapp
alone.) Statistics. Seventeen hundred hours, out of the
preceding eight thousand odd, consumed on licensed premises
alone. More than 20%, say 40% of his waking life. (Pause.)
 Plans for a less...(hesitates)...engrossing sexual life.
 Last illness of his father. Flagging pursuit of happiness.
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