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by Samuel Beckett

Endgame Defeat Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.

Quote #10

Since that's the way we're playing it…
(he unfolds handkerchief)
…let's play it that way…
(he unfolds)
…and speak no more about it…
(he finishes unfolding)
…speak no more. (1.799)

Is Hamm actually accepting defeat here? Does he actually believe that he has been abandoned? What do you make of the fact that he still uses the word "playing"? Even if he absolutely did believe that he had been abandoned do you think he would use a different word?

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