Krapp grows impatient and gets worked up when his younger self starts enthusing about this.He fast-forwards almost to the end of the tape to escape the onslaught of words.He also mentions his recent literary disappointments: "seventeen copies sold", presumably of his last book, eleven of which have gone not to interested readers but to foreign libraries; "Getting known," he sarcastically summarises.
The 39-year-old Krapp looks back on the 20-odd-year-old Krapp with the same level of contempt as the 20-odd-year-old Krapp appears to have displayed for the young man he saw himself for in his late teens.
Each can see clearly the fool he was but only time will reveal what kind of fool he has become.
He is scathing when it comes to his assessment of his thirty-nine-year-old self and is glad to see the back of him.
He finds he has nothing he wants to record for posterity, save the fact he "Revelled in the word spool." But he does mention a trip to the park and attending Vespers, where he dozed off and fell off the pew.
In a letter to Rosset's editorial assistant, Judith Schmidt, on , Beckett referred to the staging of Krapp's Last Tape as its 'creation'," and he made numerous significant changes to the text over the years as he was involved in directing the play.
The first German performance, on 28 September 1959, was directed by Walter Henn at Berlin's Schillertheater, where 10 years later, on 5 October 1969, Samuel Beckett himself staged his text in a most successful performance (with Martin Held as Krapp).He takes childish pleasure in saying the word ‘spool’. His taped voice is strong and rather self-important.The voice mentions that he’s just celebrated his birthday alone "at the wine house" jotting down notes in preparation for the recording session later.The voice reviews his last year, when his mother died.He talks about sitting on a bench outside the nursing home waiting for the news that she had died.It was inspired by Beckett's experience of listening to Magee reading extracts from Molloy and From an Abandoned Work on the BBC Third Programme in December 1957.