Study Guide

The English Patient Scene 4

Scene 4

Scene 4

  • The burned man is being moved in a medical caravan. These trucks are a rougher ride than the camels that rescued the man.
  • We learn the pretty nurse's name is Hana when one of her colleagues, Jan, asks Hana for money to buy fabric in town.
  • Hana gives Jan a small wad of cash… and then Jan's jeep hits a landmine and blows up. Jeepers.
  • Hana runs toward the wreckage, sobbing, but Jan is dead.
  • Men with metal detectors sweep the road for landmines before continuing.
  • One of the men finds something.
  • He pulls out a sword and digs into the dirt gently, finding the landmine trigger.
  • Hana, delirious with grief, wanders into the middle of the minefield, despite everyone yelling at her to stop.
  • One of the men grabs her and yells at her. "What the bloody hell do you think you're doing?"
  • She answers him by pointing out Jan's bracelet in the road. It's all that's left of her friend.
  • Hana returns to the caravan as the man digs up the landmine.

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