Beckett’s play Krapp’s Last Tape shows Krapp in old age listening to tapes of his past, musing: Perhaps my best years are gone. But I wouldn’t want them back, not with the fire in me now […]
In the poem Not in Love the narrator tells us about a friend’s adulterous flirtation:younger of course, single but they didn’t get it together on the walking holiday with her husband around though little was left unsaid of that I’m certain
The affair is thwarted when the potential lover drowns (presumably on another holiday):she didn’t seem too upset because as she pointed out she’d only been in lust with him not in love and after all they hadn’t done anything.
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Birds appear in different guises too – in ‘Alice’ it is people who, to Alice’s drugged mind on a night out, have been transformed, and the Ladies is:
…full with flocks of starlings and parakeets, fingers fluffing hair, unrolling tubes of crimson lipstick.
Later in the story Alice herself, in her flight from the nightclub, takes on animal characteristics:
Her feet became a fawn’s, small-hoofed and dainty as they negotiated the mosaic floor, elbows morphing from bone to feather, giving her flight up the spiralled stairs and out into the foyer where the bouncers turned and opened the door where the wind was waiting.
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