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The manuscript of Molloy was written in four notebooks with some corrections and additions and occasional doodles and word counts, but giving evidence of having been written rapidly and with fewer hesitations than Watt, for example. The manuscript is marked at periodic intervals with place and date of composition, from Foxrock, Paris, and (mostly) Menton, frequently on a day-to-day basis. The opening passage of Molloy was added at the beginning after the rest had been completed.

The second notebook contains diagrams and calculations concerning the celebrated passage about Molloy’s manipulation of the sixteen sucking stones from one pocket to another. The last page has biographical notes in Beckett’s hand. The previous two pages have diagrams and schemes for crossword puzzles in an unidentified hand.