Samuel Beckett
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Krapp's Last Tape / La Dernière Bande

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Segment 1

[0337] ing in the park, drowned in dreams and panting [] burning to be gone.
[0338] Not a soul. living soul.[0339] (Pause.)[0340] Last fancies.[0341] (Vehemently.)
[0342] Keep 'em under![0343] (Pause.)[0344] Scalded the eyes out of me reading
Effie again, a page a day, with tears again.
[0345] Effie...[0346](Pause.)
[0347] Could have been happy with her, up there on the Baltic, and
the pines, and the dunes.
[0348] (Pause.)[0349] Could I?[0350] (Pause.)[0351] And she?

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Segment 2

[0338] Not a soul. living soul.[0339] (Pause.)[0340] Last fancies.[0341] (Vehemently.)
[0342] Keep 'em under![0343] (Pause.)[0344] Scalded the eyes out of me reading
Effie again, a page a day, with tears again.
[0345] Effie...[0346](Pause.)
[0347] Could have been happy with her, up there on the Baltic, and
the pines, and the dunes.
[0348] (Pause.)[0349] Could I?[0350] (Pause.)[0351] And she?

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Segment 3

[0352] (Pause.)[0353] Pah![0354] (Pause.)[0355] Fanny came in a couple of times.[0356] Bony
old ghost of a whore.
[0357] Couldn't do much, but I suppose better
than a kick in the crutch.
[0358] The last time wasn't so bad.[0359] How
do you manage 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 in short trousers.
[0363] (Pause. [0364] Sings.)

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Segment 4

[0365] Now the day is over,
Night is drawing nigh-igh,
Shadows - (Coughing. Almost inaudible.) - of the
evening
Steal across the sky.
[0366] (Panting.)[0367] Went to sleep and fell off the pew.[0368] (Pause.)
[0369] Sometimes wondered in the night if a last effort mightn't -
[0370] (Pause.)[0371] Ah empty your bottle noggin finish your booze now and get to your bed.[0372] Finish Go on with
this drivel in the morning.
[0373] Or leave it at that.[0374] (Pause.)

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Segment 5

[0375] Leave it at that.[0376] (Pause.)[0377] Lie propped up in the dark - and
wander.
[0378] Be again in the dingle on a Christmas Eve, gathering
holly, the red-berried.
[0379] (Pause.)[0380] Be again on Croghna Croghan
on a Sunday morning, in the haze, with the bitch, stop and
listen to the bells.
[0381] (Pause.)[0382] And so on.[0383] (Pause.)[0384] Be again,
be again.
[0385] (Pause.)[0386] All that old misery.[0387] (Pause.)[0388] Once wasn't
enough for you.
[0389] (Pause.)[0390] Lie down across her.

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Segment 6

[0391] Long pause. [0392] He suddenly bends over machine, switches off,
wrenches off tape, throws it away, puts on the other, winds
winds it forward to the passage he wants, switches on, listens
staring front
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Segment 7

[0393] - gooseberries, she said.[0394] I said again I thought it was hope-
less and no good going on, and she agreed, without opening
her eyes.
[0395] (Pause.)[0396] I asked her to look at me and after a few
moments - (pause) - after a few moments she did, but the eyes
just slits, because of the glare.
[0397] I bent over her to get
them in the shadow and they opened.
[0398] (Pause. [0399] Low.)[0400] Let me in.

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Segment 8

[0401] (Pause.)[0402] We drifted in among the reeds flags and stuck.[0403] They way
they went down, sighing, before the stem!
[0404] (Pause.)[0405] I lay
down across her with my face in her breasts and my hand on
her.
[0406] We lay there without moving.[0407] But under us all moved, and moved
us, gently up and down, and from side to side.

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Segment 9

[0408] Pause. [0409] Krapp's lips move. [0410] No sound.
[0411] Past midnight.[0412] Never knew such silence.[0413] The earth might be
uninhabited.
[0414] Pause.

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Addition 1
noggin
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Addition 2
finish your booze
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Addition 3
Go on with
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Addition 4
flags
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Addition 5
there
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Addition 6
gently
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