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Editor: Carol A. Schwartz
Publisher: Gale, part of Cengage Group
Document Type: Critical essay
Length: 458 words

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[(essay date 1980) Company is representative of Beckett’s late prose works, which feature intense imagery and rhythmic language that stresses and repeats individual words or phrases. The following excerpt from the opening of the work establishes its narrative of a voice telling its life story to a being lying alone in the dark.]

A voice comes to one in the dark. Imagine.

To one on his back in the dark. This he can tell by the pressure on his hind parts and by how the dark changes when he shuts his eyes and again when he opens them again. Only a small part of what is said can be verified. As for example...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|H1420130344