Study Guide

The English Patient Scene 18

Scene 18

Scene 18

  • Back in the past, Almásy talks to Madox about maps.
  • It's before the war, and Madox is nervous.
  • He received a note to abort all international expeditions by May 1939.
  • Almásy doesn't understand why Cairo is important.
  • Madox tells him it's important, whoever occupies Cairo owns North Africa.
  • Unconcerned, Almásy asks Madox if the hollow at the base of a woman's throat has a name.
  • Madox tells him, "For god's sake man, pull yourself together." Almásy is looking pretty haunted and lovesick.
  • Katharine watches a news reel about Britain entering the war.
  • Almásy joins her in the theater.
  • She tells him, "I can't do this. I can't do this. I can't do this anymore." Translation: she can't do this anymore.
  • They go under the bleachers, and she tells Almásy she wants to break off their affair. She's afraid her husband will soon find out.
  • He tells her that he's not missing her yet. "You will," she says, then she walks right into an iron bar and clunks her head. We thought this was The English Patient, not a Looney Tunes cartoon.
  • Later, Almásy, who is either drunk or really angry, gives an offensive toast at a dinner for the International Sand Club.
  • He says the Egyptians are desperate to be rid of them.
  • Then he starts singing and dancing while everyone looks at him, mortified.
  • Madox tries to get him to go home, He doesn't, but he does sit down and shut up.
  • Later, everyone dances, while Almásy creeps on them through a window.
  • He confronts Katharine when she goes to the hallway.
  • He accuses her of seducing the man she was dancing with.
  • He doesn't understand how she could possibly go on without him.
  • She tells him he's not the only one who feels anything, and she stomps away.

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