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The English Patient Scene 22

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Scene 22

Scene 22

  • Singing to himself, Almásy hikes across the desert.
  • In the nearest town, he is stopped by a military checkpoint.
  • He asks the soldier for a doctor and to borrow a car.
  • The soldier asks him for his papers.
  • Almásy tries to tell him that a woman is injured in the Cave of Swimmers.
  • But the soldier wants his name.
  • "Count Laszlo de Almásy."
  • They ask him what nationality it is.
  • Almásy tells them his wife is dying in a cave. C'mon, guys!
  • He gets very angry and grabs the soldier, and another man whacks him in the back of the head with the barrel of his rifle. Ouch.
  • In the cave, Katharine writes in the book by lamplight.
  • The bulb flickers, and goes dark.
  • Back in town, Almásy is being taken away in a jeep.
  • They put him on a train of German prisoners to Benghazi.
  • Almásy asks to use the lavatory, and when a soldier escorts him there, Almásy knocks him out and jumps from the back of the train.
  • Now he's stuck in the middle of nowhere again, but he's used to it by now, right?

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