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Worstward Ho

All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.

The dim. Far and wide the same. High and low. Unchanging. Say now unchanging. Whence no knowing. No saying. Say only such dim light as never. On all. Say a grot in that void. A gulf. Then in that grot or gulf such dimmest light as never. Whence no knowing. No saying.

The void. Before the staring eyes. Stare where they may. Far and wide. High and low. That narrow field. Know no more. See no more. Say no more. That alone. That little much of void alone.


Hamm: And the horizon? Nothing on the horizon?

Clov: (Lowering the telescope, turning towards Hamm, exasperated): What in God's name would there be on the horizon? (Pause.)

Hamm: The waves, how are the waves?

Clov: The waves? (He turns the telescope on the waves.) Lead.

Hamm: And the sun?

Clove: (Looking) Zero.

Hamm: But it should be sinking. Look again.

Clov: (Looking) Damn the sun.

Hamm: Is it night already then?

Clov: (Looking) No.

Hamm: Then what is it?

Clov: ( Looking) Gray. (Lowering the telescope, turning towards Hamm, louder.) Gray! (Pause, still louder.) GRRAY!