Study Guide

The English Patient Scene 24

Scene 24

Scene 24

  • Time for the saddest flashback ever.
  • Hana lies in bed and reads Katharine's final words, that she wrote in the cave.
  • Katharine writes that the fire is out, and she is cold.
  • In the flashback, Almásy carries Katharine's body out of the cave, crying the whole time.
  • "The lamp's gone out, and I'm writing in the darkness," Hana reads in the present.
  • And Almásy is dead.
  • In the flashback, Almásy flies away with Katharine's body in the plane.
  • Back the present, Hana is leaving the monastery. She brings Almásy's book with her.
  • Cavaggio has found a truck for Hana to ride in to Florence.
  • Hana watches the monastery recede behind them as the truck drives away.
  • One final flashback shows Almásy flying over the rolling dunes of Egypt.
  • And in the present, Hana rides forward through the green countryside.
  • The end.

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