beckett and the old questions

(from a 2009 production of Endgame at The American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA)

Hamm:                    Do you remember when you came here?


Clov:                      No, Too small, you told me.


Hamm:                    Do you remember your father.


Clov (wearily):         Same answer.


                             You’ve asked me these questions millions of times.


Hamm:                    I love the old questions


(With fervour.)         All the old questions, the old answers, 
                             there’s nothing like them!


(Pause.)                  It was I was a father to you.


Clov:                      Yes.


(He looks at Hamm fixedly):


         This was that for me.


— Samuel Beckett, Endgame. Grove Press, 1958, p. 38