The Complete Dramatic Works of Samuel Beckett
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Gathers all of Beckett's texts for theatre, from 1955 to 1984. This book includes both the major dramatic works and the short and more compressed texts for the stage, as well for radio.
I am so bowed I only see my feet, if I open my eyes, and between my legs a little trail of black dust. I say to myself that the earth is extinguished, though I never saw it lit. [Pause.] It’s easy going. [Pause.] When I fall I’ll weep for happiness. [Pause. He goes towards door.] HAMM: Clov! [CLOV halts, without turning.] Nothing. [CLOV moves on.] Clov! [CLOV halts, without turning.] CLOV: This is what we call making an exit. HAMM: I’m obliged to you, Clov. For your services. CLOV:
see you up and about again. You were laid up there a long time. MRS ROONEY: Not long enough, Mr Barrell. [Pause.] Would I were still in bed, Mr Barrell. [Pause.] Would I were lying stretched out in my comfortable bed, Mr Barrell, just wasting slowly, painlessly away, keeping up my strength with arrowroot and calves-foot jelly, till in the end you wouldn’t see me under the blankets any more than a board. [Pause.] Oh no coughing or spitting or bleeding or vomiting, just drifting gently down into
all that pain as if … never been. [Spot from M to W2.] W2: Give me up, as a bad job. Go away and start poking and pecking at someone else. On the other hand– [Spot from W2 to W1.] W1: Get off me! Get off me! [Spot from W1 to M.] M: It will come. Must come. There is no future in this. [Spot from M to W2.] W2: On the other hand things may disimprove, there is that danger. [Spot from W2 to M.] M: Oh of course I know now– [Spot from M to W1.] W1: Is it that I do not tell the
a rise of fourpence ah there wasn’t much money in it in those days. CREAM: A Dee Dyan, a Dee Dyan. GORMAN: You had to work for your living in those days, it wasn’t at six you knocked off, nor at seven neither, eight it was, eight o’clock, yes by God. [Pause.] Where was I? [Pause.] Ah yes eight o’clock as I was coming out of Swan’s there was the crowd gathered and the car wheeling round the bend. CREAM: A Dee Dyan Gorman, a Dee Dyan, I can remember the man himself from Wougham he was the
Does she not realize? FLO: God grant not. [Enter VI. FLO and RU turn back front, resume pose. VI sits right. Silence.] Just sit together as we used to, in the playground at Miss Wade’s. RU: On the log. [Silence. Exit FLO left. Silence.] Vi. VI: Yes. RU: How do you find Flo? VI: She seems much the same. [RU moves to centre seat, whispers in VI’s ear. Appalled.] Oh! [They look at each other. RU puts her finger to her lips.] Has she not been told? RU: God forbid. [Enter