提示:此劇本在好萊塢編劇協會評出的101部最佳電影劇本中排名第14。

BRIGHTON

He was the most extraordinary man I ever

knew.

VICAR

Did you know him well?

BRIGHTON

I knew him.

VICAR

Well, 'nil nais ibonam', but did he

really deserve a place in here?

REPORTER

Lord Allenby, could you give me a few

words about Colonel Lawrence?

ALLENBY

What, more words? The revolt in the

desert played a decisive part in the

Middle-Eastern Campaign.

REPORTER

Yes, sir. But about Colonel Lawrence

himself?

ALLENBY

No, I didn't know him well, you know.

REPORTER

Eh, Mr Bentley. You must know as much

about Colonel Lawrence as anybody does.

BENTLEY

Yes. It was my privilege to know him, and

to make him known to the world. He was a

poet, a scholar, and a mighty warrior.

REPORTER

Thank you.

BENTLEY

He was also the most shameless

exhibitionist since Barnum and Bailey.

MAN

You, sir. Who are you?

BENTLEY

My name is Jackson Bentley.

MAN

Well, whoever you are, I overheard your

last remark and I take the gravest

possible exception. He was a very great

man.

BENTLEY

Did you know him?

MAN

No, sir. I can't claim to have known him.

I once had the honour to shake his hand

in Damascus.

MURRAY

Knew him? No, I never knew him. He had

some minor function on my staff in Cairo.

(Cairo)

LAWRENCE

Michael George Hartley. This is a nasty,

dark little room.

HARTLEY

That's right.

LAWRENCE

We are not happy in it.

HARTLEY

I am. It's better than a nasty, dark

little trench.

LAWRENCE

Then, you're a big noble fellow.

HARTLEY

That's right.

LAWRENCE

Ah! Here is William Potter with my

newspaper.

POTTER

Here you are, Tosh!

LAWRENCE

Thanks. Would you care for one of

Corporal Hartley's cigarettes?

POTTER

Ta. Is it there?

LAWRENCE

Of course. Headlines, but I bet it isn't

mentioned in The Times. "Bedouin tribes

attack Turkish stronghold", and I bet

that no one in this whole headquarters

even knows it happened, or cared if it

did. Allow me to ignite your cigarette.

MESSENGER

Sir. Mr Lawrence?

LAWRENCE

Yes?

FLIMSEY

Flimsey, sir.

LAWRENCE

Thank you.

HARTLEY

You'll do that once too often; it's only

flesh and blood!

LAWRENCE

Michael George Hartley, you're a

philosopher.

HARTLEY

And you're balmy!

POTTER

Ow! It damn well hurts.

LAWRENCE

Certainly, it hurts!

POTTER

Well, what's the trick then?

LAWRENCE

The trick, William Potter, is not minding

that it hurts.

LAWRENCE

Oh, by the way. If Captain Gibbon should

inquire for me, tell him I've gone for a

chat with the General.

POTTER

He's balmy!

HARTLEY

He's all right.

FREDDY

Lawrence!

LAWRENCE

Yes?

FREDDY

You're supposed to be... Do you usually

wear your cap in the mess?

LAWRENCE

Oh, yes.

FREDDY

You're supposed to be on duty, aren't

you? Where are you going?

LAWRENCE

Mustn't talk shop, Freddy. Not in the

mess. Matter of fact I'm going for a

'powwow' with the General.

FREDDY

I'm not asking as a superior; I'm asking

as the secretary of this mess. We don't

want chaps in here who should be on duty.

ORDERLY

Where are you going, please?

FREDDY

I must say! Lawrence!

LAWRENCE

Sorry!

FREDDY

You're a clown, Lawrence.

LAWRENCE

Ah well, we can't all be lion-tamers...

Sorry!

MURRAY

It's an intrigue, Dryden, and I do not

propose to let an over-wheeling,

finicking, crass lieutenant thumb his

nose at his general officer commanding

and get away with it.

DRYDEN

He doesn't sound as though he'd be any

great loss, sir.

MURRAY

Now, don't try that, Dryden. There's a

principle involved.

DRYDEN

There is, indeed. He's of no use here in

Cairo; he might be in Arabia. He knows

his stuff, sir.

MURRAY

Knows the books, you mean. I've already

sent out Colonel Brighton, who's a

soldier, and if Brighton thinks we should

send them some small arms, then we will.

What more do you want?

DRYDEN

There would be no question of Lieutenant

Lawrence giving military advice, sir.

MURRAY

By God, I should hope not!

DRYDEN

It's just that the Arab Bureau would like

its own man on the spot, sir, to eh...

MURRAY

To what?

DRYDEN

...to make our own appraisal of the

situation.

MURRAY

I may as well tell you it's my considered

opinion, and that of my staff, that any

time spent on the Bedouin will be time

wasted. They're a nation of sheep-

stealers.

DRYDEN

They did attack Medina.

MURRAY

Well, the Turks made mincemeat of them.

DRYDEN

We don't know that, sir.

MURRAY

We know they didn't take it. A storm in a

tea-cup, Dryden; a side-show. Do you want

my own opinion? This whole theatre of

operations is a side-show. The real war's

being fought against the Germans, not the

Turks, and not here but on the Western

Front, in the trenches. Your Bedouin

army, or whatever it calls itself, would

be a side-show of a side-show.

DRYDEN

Big things have small beginnings, sir.

MURRAY

Does the Arab Bureau want a 'big thing'

in Arabia? If they rise against the

Turks, does the Bureau think they're

going to sit down quietly under us when

they're asked until this war's over?

DRYDEN

The Bureau thinks the job at the moment,

sir, is to win the war.

MURRAY

Don't tell me my duties, Dryden!

OFFSCREEN

Lawrence, sir.

MURRAY

Send him in!

LAWRENCE

Good morning, sir.

MURRAY

Salute! If you're insubordinate of me,

Lawrence, I shall put you under arrest.

LAWRENCE

It's my manner, sir.

MURRAY

Your what?

LAWRENCE

My manner, sir. It looks insubordinate,

but it isn't really.

MURRAY

No, I can't make out whether you're

bloody bad-mannered, or just half-witted.

LAWRENCE

I have the same problem, sir.

MURRAY

Shut up!

LAWRENCE

Yes, sir.

MURRAY

Now, the Arab Bureau seem to think you

would be of some use to them in Arabia.

Why? I can't imagine! You don't seem able

to perform your present duties properly.

LAWRENCE

I cannot fiddle, but I can make a great

state from a little city.

MURRAY

What!

LAWRENCE

Themistocles, sir. A Greek philosopher.

MURRAY

I know you've been well educated,

Lawrence. It says so in your dossier.

You're the kind of creature I can't

stand, Lawrence, but I suppose I could be

wrong. All right, Dryden, you can have

him for six weeks. Who knows? Might even

make a man of him. Come in. Yes? What is

it, Hallon?

HALLON

Navy signal, sir. the convoy will be in

Port Said tomorrow night.

MURRAY

Is that certain?

HALLON

Yes, sir. There doesn't seem to be any

artillery, sir.

MURRAY

But there must be artillery!

DRYDEN

Sir, this is something of an expedition.

He has to get to Yenbo, find a guide,

find the Arabs, and then get back. He

can't do that in six weeks.

MURRAY

Two months, then.

DRYDEN

Three.

MURRAY

All right. Three. Now, will you let me do

some work, Mr Dryden.

DRYDEN

Thank you, sir.

LAWRENCE

I'd like to say, sir, that I am grateful

for this...

MURRAY

Shut up and get out!

LAWRENCE

Sir!

MURRAY

How can I fight a bloody war without

bloody artillery!

LAWRENCE

How did you do it. sir?

DRYDEN

You might better ask why I bothered to.

LAWRENCE

Because I'm the man for the job.

DRYDEN

I just wonder about that

LAWRENCE

Of course I'm the man for the job. What

is the job, by the way?

DRYDEN

Find Prince Feisal.

LAWRENCE

Good. And when I've found him?

DRYDEN

Find out what kind of man he is; find out

what his intentions are. I don't mean his

immediate intentions. That's of Colonel

Brighton's business, not yours. I mean,

his intentions in Arabia altogether.

LAWRENCE

Oh! That's new. Where are they now?

DRYDEN

Anywhere within three hundred miles of

Medina. They're Hasami Bedouins. They can

cross sixty miles of desert in a day.

LAWRENCE

Oh, thanks, Dryden. This is going to be

fun.

DRYDEN

Lawrence, only two kinds of creature get

fun of the desert: Bedouins and gods, and

you're neither. Take it from me; for

ordinary men, it's a burning, fiery

furnace.

LAWRENCE

No, Dryden. It's going to be fun.

DRYDEN

It is recognised that you have a funny

sense of fun.

TAFAS

Here, you may drink. One cup.

LAWRENCE

You do not drink?

TAFAS

No.

LAWRENCE

I'll drink when you do.

TAFAS

I am Bedu.

TAFAS

Truly, now, you are a British Officer?

LAWRENCE

Yes.

TAFAS

From Cairo?

LAWRENCE

Yes.

TAFAS

You did not ride from Cairo?

LAWRENCE

No. Thank Heavens. It's nine hundred

miles; I came by boat.

TAFAS

And before? From Britain?

LAWRENCE

Yes.

TAFAS

Truly?

LAWRENCE

From Oxfordshire.

TAFAS

Is that a desert country?

LAWRENCE

No; a fat country; fat people.

TAFAS

You are not fat?

LAWRENCE

No. I'm different... Here, take it.

TAFAS

First, I take you to Lord Feisal, then

you give it to me.

LAWRENCE

Take it now.

TAFAS

Bedu food.

LAWRENCE

Good.

TAFAS

More...Bedu!

LAWRENCE

Where?

TAFAS

From here to Lord Feisal's camp is Harif

country.

LAWRENCE

Yes, I know.

TAFAS

I am not Harif.

LAWRENCE

No. Hasimi of the Beni Salim.

TAFAS

Put the right foot in tight. Lock it with

your left foot. Then, when you're ready

to go, hit her on the shoulder and say,

'Hut, hut, hut!'

LAWRENCE

Hut, hut, hut!

TAFAS

Ah, today will be difficult, but tomorrow

good riding... I think we reach Mastura

Well tomorrow. Yes? And from Mastura Well

to Lord Feisal's camp one day more. Now!

At the Harif Well

TAFAS

Good?

LAWRENCE

It's all right.

TAFAS

This is a Harif well. The Harif are a

dirty people.

LAWRENCE

Turks?

TAFAS

Bedu!

LAWRENCE

Who is he?... Tafas!

ALI

He's dead.

LAWRENCE

Yes. Why?

ALI

This is my well.

LAWRENCE

I have drunk from it.

ALI

You are welcome.

LAWRENCE

He was my friend.

ALI

That!

LAWRENCE

Yes. That.

ALI

This pistol yours?

LAWRENCE

No, his.

ALI

His?

LAWRENCE

Mine.

ALI

Then I will use it. Your friend was a

Hasami of the Beni Salim.

LAWRENCE

I know.

ALI

I am Ali of El Karish.

LAWRENCE

I've heard of you.

ALI

So, what was a Hasami doing here?

LAWRENCE

He was taking me to help Prince Feisal.

ALI

You have been sent from Cairo.

LAWRENCE

Yes.

ALI

I have been in Cairo for my schooling. I

can both read and write. My Lord Feisal

already has an Englishman.

LAWRENCE

Yes.

ALI

What is your name?

LAWRENCE

My name is for my friends. None of my

friends is a murderer.

ALI

You are angry, English. He was nothing.

The well is everything. The Hasami may

not drink at our wells. He knew that.

Salaam. Hut, hut, hut.

LAWRENCE

Sherif Ali. So long as the Arabs fight

tribe against tribe, so long will they be

a little people; a silly people; greedy,

barbarous, and cruel, as you are.

ALI

Come. I will take you to Feisal.

LAWRENCE

I do not want your company, Sherif.

ALI

Wadi Safra is another day from here. You

will not find it, and not finding it, you

will die.

LAWRENCE

I will find it with this.

ALI

Good army compass. How if I take it?

LAWRENCE

Then you would be a thief.

ALI

Have you no fear, English?

LAWRENCE

My fear is my concern.

ALI

Truly. God be with you, English.

LAWRENCE

As I walk along the Bois Bou-long,

With an independent air,

You can here the girls declare,

'He must be a millionaire,

You can rum-ti-tum-ti-tum-ti-tum,

Ti-tuddely-tun-ti-tun-ti-tun,

I'm the man who broke the bank at

Monte Carlo.

BRIGHTON

Hey! You!... I've been waiting for you.

LAWRENCE

Did you know I was coming?

BRIGHTON

I knew someone was coming; Feisal told

me.

LAWRENCE

How did he know?

BRIGHTON

Not much happens within fifty miles of

Feisal that Feisal doesn't know, I'll

give him that. No escort?

LAWRENCE

My guide was killed at the Matsra well.

BRIGHTON

Turks?

LAWRENCE

No. An Arab.

BRIGHTON

Bloody savages!

LAWRENCE

This is Wadi Safra, isn't it?

BRIGHTON

Yes, they're over there; now, just a

minute. What's your name and who sent

you?

LAWRENCE

Lawrence. I've been seconded to the Arab

Bureau.

BRIGHTON

Oh. and what are you to do for the Arab

Bureau?

LAWRENCE

Well, it's rather vague, sir. I'm to

appreciate the situation.

BRIGHTON

Well, that won't be difficult. The

situation's bloody awful. The morale, if

ever they had any, which I doubt, the

Turks knocked out of them in front of

Medina with howitzers. They're fading

away by dozens every night. What I want

to say to you is this; that wherever you

are and whoever you're with, you're a

British serving officer, and here's an

order; when we get into that camp you're

to keep your mouth shut. Do you

understand what I'm saying?

LAWRENCE

Yes, sir. I understand what you're

saying.

BRIGHTON

You'll make your appreciation and get

back to...Oh my God; not again!... I've

told him; God knows I've told him. 'Move

south', I've said, 'You're still in

range'. They simply will not understand

what modern weapons do.

FEISAL

Stand and fight! Stand and fight! Fire

back at them!... Who are you?

BRIGHTON

Lieutenant Lawrence, sir. Seconded to the

Arab Bureau. This is a bloody mess, sir,

we'll have to move south.

FEISAL

Yes, yes, Colonel; fifty miles south. You

were right and I was wrong. We must take

some thought for the wounded.

BRIGHTON

Well, we can take care of them at Yenbo,

sir.

FEISAL

If they get to Yenbo.

BRIGHTON

Well, they can hardly come with us, sir.

FEISAL

No, they must try to reach Yenbo.

Lieutenant, eh..

LAWRENCE

Lawrence.

FEISAL

You understand, Lieutenant Lawrence, my

people are unused to explosives and

machines. First the guns, and now this.

DAUD

Cigarette?

LAWRENCE

I'm sorry.

SOLDIER

Eh?

DAUD

Cigarette, Your Excellency?

SOLDIER

Hump off!

DAUD

Please, Your Excellency. Just one for

two?

BRIGHTON

Hold it, Jenkins! Jenkins! Jenk...!

Jenkins!

MAJID

'Aurens?

LAWRENCE

'Aurens!

MAJID

'Aurens, you have no servant.

LAWRENCE

I don't need a servant.

DAUD

No? We can do everything. Light fires;

cook food; wash clothes.

FERRAJ

Yes, everything.

LAWRENCE

I don't doubt it.

DAUD

It will be very nice for you...

LAWRENCE

I can't afford it.

SILIAM

Recite, then, as much of the Koran as may

be easy to you. God knoweth that there be

some among you sick while others travel

through the Earth in quest for the

bounties of God; others do battle in his

cause; recite, therefore, as much as may

be easy and observe the prayers; this

will be best and richest in the

recompense. Seek ye the forgiveness of

God; verily, God is forgiving, merciful.

FEISAL

Greetings, Ali.

ALI

My lord.

BRIGHTON

Sherif Ali.

FEISAL

Lieutenant Lawrence, you have met Sherif

Ali, I think.

LAWRENCE

Yes, my lord.

FEISAL

And now, Siliam, the brightness.

SILIAM

By the noon-day brightness, by the light

when it darkeneth; thy Lord hath not

forsaken thee; neither hath he been

displeased...

FEISAL

...and surely the future will be better

for thee than the past...

LAWRENCE

...And in the end shall your Lord be

bounteous to thee and thou be satisfied.

FEISAL

So...? Yes, Colonel?

BRIGHTON

I want a decision, sir.

FEISAL

You want me to fall back on Yenbo.

BRIGHTON

Well, you're not doing much good here,

sir. I'm sorry to rub it in, sir, but we

can't supply you here.

FEISAL

You could supply us through Aqaba.

BRIGHTON

Aqaba! Well, if you can get hold of

Aqaba, sir, of course we can supply you,

but you can't.

FEISAL

You could.

BRIGHTON

You mean the Navy? The Turks have twelve-

inch guns at Aqaba, sir; can you imagine

what that means?

FEISAL

Yes, I can imagine.

BRIGHTON

Well, put that out of your mind, sir. The

Navy's got other things to do.

FEISAL

Oh, yes. Protecting the Suez Canal.

BRIGHTON

The one essential sector of this front is

and must be the Canal. You can see that,

sir, surely.

FEISAL

I see that the Canal is an essential

British interest; it is of little

consequence to us.

BRIGHTON

I must ask you not to speak like that,

sir. British and Arab interests are one

and the same.

FEISAL

Possibly.

ALI

Ha! Ha!

BRIGHTON

Upon my word, sir, you're ungrateful.

Fall back on Yenbo and we will give you

equipment; give you arms, advice,

training, everything!

FEISAL

Guns?

BRIGHTON

A modern rifle for every man.

FEISAL

No, guns! Artillery! Guns like the

Turkish guns at Medina.

ALI

Yes. Give us guns and keep the training.

BRIGHTON

Your men need training far more then

guns, sir.

ALI

The English will teach the Bedu to fight?

BRIGHTON

We will teach them, Sherif Ali, to fight

a modern, mechanised army.

FEISAL

Yes, Lieutenant? What do you think about

Yenbo?

LAWRENCE

I think it is far from Damascus.

BRIGHTON

We'll have you in Damascus and never

fear.

FEISAL

Have you been in Damascus, Mr Lawrence?

LAWRENCE

Yes, my lord.

FEISAL

It is beautiful, is it not?

LAWRENCE

Very.

BRIGHTON

That'll do, Lawrence. Dreaming won't get

you to Damascus, sir, but discipline

will. Look, sir, Great Britain is a small

country; it's much smaller than yours; a

small population compared with some; it's

small but it's great, and why?

ALI

Because it has guns!

BRIGHTON

Because it has discipline!

FEISAL

Because it has a navy; because of this,

the English go where they please and

strike where they please and this makes

them great.

LAWRENCE

Right.

BRIGHTON

Mr Lawrence, that will do! Lieutenant

Lawrence, sir, is not your military

adviser.

FEISAL

But I would like to hear his opinion.

BRIGHTON

Damn it, Lawrence! Who do you take your

orders from?

SILIAM

From Lord Feisal in Feisal's tent.

ALI

Old fool! Why turn from him to him; they

are master and man!

LAWRENCE

My lord, I think... I think your book is

right. The desert is an ocean in which no

oar is dipped and on this ocean the Bedu

go where they please and strike where

they please. This is the way the Bedu

have always fought. You're famed

throughout the world for fighting in this

way and this is the way you should fight

now!

BRIGHTON

Well, I don't know.

LAWRENCE

I'm sorry, sir, but you're wrong. Fall

back on Yenbo, sir, and the Arab Rising

become's one poor unit in the British

Army.

FEISAL

What is this to you?

BRIGHTON

Lawrence, do you know you're a traitor?

FEISAL

No, no, Colonel, eh... he is a young man

and young men are passionate, but they

must say their say, but wiser people must

decide, I know you are right.

BRIGHTON

Very well, sir, once we move; the sooner

the better, you'll lose another fifty men

tonight.

FEISAL

You tread heavily, but you speak the

truth. I will give you my answer

tomorrow, now it is late... Colonel

Brighton means to put my men under

European officers, does he not?

LAWRENCE

In effect, my lord, yes.

FEISAL

And I must do it because the Turks have

European guns, but I fear to do it; upon

my soul, I do. The English have a great

hunger for desolate places. I fear they

hunger for Arabia

FEISAL

Then you must deny it to them.

FEISAL

You are an Englishman. Are you not loyal

to England?

LAWRENCE

To England and to other things.

FEISAL

To England and Arabia, both? And is that

possible? I think you are another of

these desert-loving English. Gordon of

Khartoum. No Arab loves the desert. We

love water and green trees. There's

nothing in the desert. No man needs

nothing. Or is it that you think we are

something you can play with? Because we

are little people; a silly people;

greedy, and barbarous, and cruel. Do you

know, Lieutenant, in the Arab city of

Cdoba were two miles of public lighting

in the streets when London was a village?

LAWRENCE

Yes, you were great.

FEISAL

Nine centuries ago.

LAWRENCE

Time to be great again, my lord.

FEISAL

Which is why my father made this war upon

the Turks. My father, Mr Lawrence, not

the English. But my father is old and

I...I long for the vanished gardens of

Cordoba. However, before the gardens must

come the fighting. To be great again, it

seems that we need the English, or...

LAWRENCE

...Or?

FEISAL

What no man can provide, Mr Lawrence. We

need a miracle.

LAWRENCE

Aqaba! Aqaba...from the land!

ALI

You are mad! To come to Aqaba by land we

should have to cross the Nefud Desert.

LAWRENCE

That's right.

ALI

The Nefud cannot be crossed.

LAWRENCE

I'll cross it if you will.

ALI

You! It takes more than a compass,

Englishman. The Nefud is the worst place

God created.

LAWRENCE

I can't answer for the place, only for

myself. Fifty men?

ALI

Fifty! Against Aqaba?

LAWRENCE

If fifty men came out of the Nefud, they

would be fifty men other men might join.

The Howitat are there, I hear.

ALI

The Howitat are brigands; they will sell

themselves to anyone.

LAWRENCE

Good fighters, though.

ALI

Good? Yes. There are guns at Aqaba.

LAWRENCE

They face the sea, Sherif Ali, and cannot

be turned round. From the landward side

there are no guns at Aqaba.

ALI

With good reason. It cannot be approached

from the landward side!

LAWRENCE

Certainly the Turks don't dream of it.

Aqaba is over there. It's only a matter

of going.

ALI

You are mad!

FEISAL

And where are you going, lieutenant, with

fifty of my men?

LAWRENCE

To work your miracle.

FEISAL

Blasphemy is a bad beginning for such a

journey.

LAWRENCE

Who told you?

FEISAL

Ali did. Why not you?

LAWRENCE

You are falling back on Yenbo, sir?

ALI

Yes. Yes, I must. But I will spare these

to you. Did Ali break confidence to tell

me?

LAWRENCE

Sherif Ali owes you his allegiance, my

lord.

FEISAL

Yet, you did not tell Colonel Brighton.

LAWRENCE

No. But since you do know, we can claim

to ride in the name of Feisal of Mecca.

FEISAL

Yes, Lieutenant Lawrence, you may claim

it, but in whose name do you ride?

GASIM

Sherif! I caught them. They had tracked

us. They were here. I caught them.

ALI

Why are you here? Boy!

DOUD

To serve lord Aurens, Sherif.

GASIM

This is true, Aurens. They do wish it.

ALI

You have been tracking us. You were told

to stay.

DOUD

No, Sherif. Our camel strayed; we

followed her.

FERRAJ

She led us here to be lord Aurens'

servants. It is the Will of Allah.

ALI

Blasphemy!

LAWRENCE

Don't do that!

GASIM

No, no! Aurens. These are not servants.

These are outcasts. Parentless!

ALI

Be warned! They are not suitable.

LAWRENCE

They sound very suitable. You can ride

with the baggage.

ALI

These are not servants. These are

worshippers!

FERRAJ

Aurens?

LAWRENCE

Hm?

FERRAJ

One shilling...every week.

GASIM

That is fair.

FERRAJ

Each.

GASIM

NO! That is too much!

LAWRENCE

Alright.

GASIM

They will be lucky for you. Allah favours

the compassionate.

ALI

There is the railway...and that is the

desert. From here until the other side;

no water but what we carry: for the

camels; no water at all. If the camels

die, we die. And in twenty days they will

start to die.

LAWRENCE

There's no time to waste, then, is there?

LAWRENCE

I was thinking.

ALI

You were drifting.

LAWRENCE

Yes. It will not happen again.

ALI

Be warned! You were drifting.

LAWRENCE

It will not happen again!

ALI

That water is wasted. From now on we must

travel by night and rest while it is too

hot to travel. A few hours each day.

LAWRENCE

Why don't we start now?

ALI

No. We will rest now. Three hours.

LAWRENCE

Fine. I'll wake you.

LAWRENCE

Do we rest here?

ALI

There is no rest, now, short of water,

Aurens. On the other side of that.

LAWRENCE

And how much of that is there?

ALI

I'm not sure, but however much it must be

crossed before tomorrow's sun gets up.

This is the Sun's Anvil.

LAWRENCE

Have we done it?

SILIAM

No! But we're off the Anvil.

LAWRENCE

Thank God for that, anyway!

SILIAM

Yes. Thank Him! Aurens, I do not think

you know how you have tempted him.

LAWRENCE

I know. We've done it.

ALI

God willing.

LAWRENCE

When do we reach the wells?

ALI

God willing, midday.

LAWRENCE

Then we've done it.

SILIAM

Thank Him, Aurens. Thank Him.

DOUD

Aurens!

ALI

Gasim's!

LAWRENCE

What's happened to him?

ALI

God knows!

LAWRENCE

Why don't you stop?

ALI

For what? He will be dead by midday!

LAWRENCE

We must go back.

ALI

What for? To die with Gasim? In one hour

comes the sun. In God's name, understand!

We cannot go back!

LAWRENCE

I can! Take the boy!

ALI

If you go back, you kill yourself, is

all! Gasim you have killed already.

LAWRENCE

Get out of my way!

ALI

Gasim's time is come, Aurens. It is

written.

LAWRENCE

Nothing is written!

ALI

Go back, then! What did you bring us here

for with your blasphemous conceit! Hey?

English blasphemer! Aqaba? Was it Aqaba?

You will not be at Aqaba, English! Go

back, blasphemer, but you will not be at

Aqaba!

LAWRENCE

I shall be at Aqaba; that is written...in

here.

ALI

English!!! English!!!

LAWRENCE

Nothing is written.

GASIM

Aurens?

GASIM

Aurens?

ALI

El Aurens?

LAWRENCE

Ferraj. Wash!

ALI

Ferraj. El Aurens, truly for some men

nothing is written unless they write it.

LAWRENCE

Not 'El' Aurens; just Aurens.

ALI

El Aurens is better

LAWRENCE

True.

ALI

Your father, too, just Mr Lawrence.

LAWRENCE

My father is Sir Thomas Chapman.

ALI

Is that a lord?

LAWRENCE

A kind of lord.

ALI

And when he dies, you too will be a lord.

LAWRENCE

No.

ALI

Ah, you have an elder brother.

LAWRENCE

No.

ALI

But, then? I do not understand this. Your

father's name is Chapman...

LAWRENCE

Ali, he didn't marry my mother.

ALI

I see.

LAWRENCE

I'm sorry.

ALI

It seems to me that you are free to

choose your own name, then.

LAWRENCE

Yes. I suppose I am.

ALI

El Aurens is best.

LAWRENCE

Alright. I'll settle for 'El Aurens'.

ALI

They are the robes of a Sherif of the

Beni Wadji.

LAWRENCE

Very fine. A great honour.

ONLOOKER

The honour is to us. Salaam, Sherif.

LAWRENCE

Is it permitted?

ALI

Surely.

LAWRENCE

Salaam.

CROWD

Salaam.

SILIAM

He for whom nothing is written may write

himself a , salaam.

ALI

They are good for riding. Try!

AUDAR

What are you doing, Englishman?

LAWRENCE

As you see. Are you alone?

AUDAR

Almost. Are you with that party of dogs

who are drinking at my well?

LAWRENCE

Yours?

AUDAR

I am Audar Abu Tayi.

LAWRENCE

I've heard of another man of that name.

AUDAR

Other? What other?

LAWRENCE

The Audar I'd heard of wouldn't need

someone's help to look after his wells.

AUDAR

Ah. He must be a great hero.

LAWRENCE

He is. He wouldn't refuse water to men

coming out of the great Nefud Desert.

AUDAR

Now, would he not? Hm. No, that must be

some other man. Here is my help. Son,

what fashion is this?

SON

Harif, father.

AUDAR

What manner of Harif?

SON

A Beni Wadji Sherif.

AUDAR

And is he Harif?

SON

No, father. English!

AUDAR

Son! They are stealing our water; tell

them we're coming. Tell them!... Empty

that!

ALI

Do not!!

AUDAR

It is Audar of the Howitat who speaks.

ALI

It is Ali of the Harif who answers.

AUDAR

Harif? Ali, does your father still steal?

ALI

No. Does Audar take me for one of his own

bastards?

AUDAR

No, there is no resemblance. Alas, you

resemble your father.

ALI

Audar flatters me.

AUDAR

You're easily flattered. I knew your

father well.

ALI

Did you know your own?

LAWRENCE

Auda! We are fifty, you are two. How if

we shot you down?

AUDAR

Why, then you have a blood feud with the

Howitat. Do you desire it?

LAWRENCE

Not the generals in Cairo, nor the Sultan

himself desire that. Call off your men.

AUDAR

No, no, boy. This honours the unworthy.

I've only just begun to teach him.

LAWRENCE

And what are you teaching him today?

Howitat hospitality?

AUDAR

Be not clever with me, English! Who is

he?

LAWRENCE

A friend of Prince Feisal's.

AUDAR

Oh. So, you desire my hospitality.

LAWRENCE

Yes.

AUDAR

Is he your tongue?

ALI

We do desire it.

AUDAR

Ugh. Then, it is given, if you will take

it. I am at my summer camp; a poor place.

Well, to me it seems a poor place. Some

men find it marvellous. Tomorrow, maybe,

I will allow the Turks to buy you,

friends of Feisal. But, dine with me.

Dine with Auda, English; dine with the

Howitat, Harif. It is my pleasure that

you dine with me in Wadi Ram.

In Auda's tent

AUDAR

This thing you work against Aqaba, what

profit do you hope from it?

ALI

We work it for Feisal of Mecca. The Harif

do not work for profit.

AUDAR

Well, if a man was meant to be a servant,

Ali, he could find worse masters than

Feisal, but I...I cannot serve.

LAWRENCE

You permit the Turks to stay in Aqaba.

AUDAR

Yes, it is my pleasure.

LAWRENCE

We do not work this thing for Feisal.

AUDAR

No? For the English, then?

LAWRENCE

For the Arabs.

AUDAR

The Arabs. The Howitat, Ajili, Rala, Beni

Saha; these I know, I have even heard of

the Harif, but the Arabs! What tribe is

that?

LAWRENCE

They're a tribe of slaves; they serve the

Turks.

AUDAR

Well, they are nothing to me. My tribe is

the Howitat...

ALI

Who work only for profit.

AUDAR

Who work at Auda's pleasure.

LAWRENCE

And Auda's pleasure is to serve the

Turks.

AUDAR

Serve. I serve?

LAWRENCE

It is the servant who takes money.

AUDAR

I am Audar Abu Tayi! Does Audar serve?

CROWD

No!

AUDAR

Does Audar Abu Tayi serve?

CROWD

No!! Ha! Ha! Ha!

AUDAR

I carry twenty-three great wounds, all

got in battle. Seventy-five men have I

killed with my own hands in battle. I

scatter, I burn my enemies tents. I take

away their flocks and herds. The Turks

pay me a golden treasure. Yet, I am poor,

because I am a river to my people! Is

that service?

LAWRENCE

No.

SILIAM

And yet now it seems Audar has grown old

and lost his taste for fighting.

AUDAR

It is well you say it in my tent, thou

old tulip!

ALI

Yet, this is a tulip that the Turks could

not buy.

AUDAR

Why should they wish to? Now! I will tell

you what they pay me, and you will tell

me if this is a servant's wages. They pay

me, month by month, one hundred golden

guineas.

LAWRENCE

One hundred and fifty, Auda.

AUDAR

Who told you that?

LAWRENCE

I have long ears.

AUDAR

And a long tongue between them.

LAWRENCE

A hundred; a hundred and fifty; what

matters? It's a trifle...a trifle which

they take from a great box they have...

ALI

In Aqaba.

AUDAR

In Aqaba!

LAWRENCE

Where else?

AUDAR

You trouble me like women.

LAWRENCE

Friends, we have been foolish. Audar will

not come to Aqaba.

AUDAR

No.

LAWRENCE

For money.

AUDAR

No.

LAWRENCE

For Feisal?

AUDAR

No.

LAWRENCE

Nor to drive away the Turks. He will come

because it is his pleasure.

AUDAR

Thy mother mated with a scorpion.

AUDAR

Make God your agent! Aqaba!

CROWD

Aqaba!

AUDAR

God be with you.

ALI

Yes, Aqaba. Tomorrow, we will go and get

it.

LAWRENCE

Do you think we shall?

ALI

Yes. If you're right about the guns.

AUDAR

He killed: he dies.

ALI

This is the end of Aqaba.

SILIAM

One of our men murdered one of Auda's

men.

LAWRENCE

Why?

SILIAM

Theft? Blood-feud? It makes no matter

why.

LAWRENCE

Ali!

ALI

It is an ancient wound.

LAWRENCE

I didn't come here to watch a tribal

bloodbath.

AUDAR

It is the law, Aurens.

LAWRENCE

The Law says the man must die.

AUDAR

Hm!

LAWRENCE

It he dies, would that content the

Howitat?

AUDAR

Yes.

LAWRENCE

Sherif Ali. If none of lord Auda's men

harms any of yours, will that content the

Harif?

ALI

Yes.

LAWRENCE

Then, I will execute the Law. I have no

tribe and no one is offended. Gasim! Did

you do it?

AUDAR

Well. Aurens. What ails the Englishman?

ALI

That man he killed was the man he brought

out of the Nefud.

AUDAR

Ah, it was written, then. Better to have

left him.

ALI

It was execution, Aurens: no shame in

that. Besides, it was necessary. You gave

life and you took it. The writing is

still yours.

On the beach at Aqaba

ALI

The miracle is accomplished. Garlands for

the conqueror. Tribute for the prince;

flowers for the man.

LAWRENCE

I'm none of those things, Ali.

ALI

What, then?

LAWRENCE

Don't know. Thanks. My God I love this

country. What!

AUDAR

No gold in Aqaba!

MAN

I've found it!

LAWRENCE

That's a pity. Ali. You get a message

down the coast to Yenbo. Tell Feisal to

find boats...any boats, and bring the

Arab army here to Aqaba quickly.

ALI

And you?

LAWRENCE

I'm going to tell the generals in Cairo.

Yes, cross Sinai. Come on!

ALI

Sinai!?

LAWRENCE

Yes!

ALI

With these?

LAWRENCE

They'll be alright with me. Look, Ali. If

any of your Bedouin arrived in Cairo and

said, 'We've taken Aqaba. the generals

would laugh.

ALI

I see. In Cairo you will put off these

funny clothes. You will wear trousers and

tell stories of our quaintness and

barbarity, and then, they will believe

you.

LAWRENCE

You're an ignorant man.

AUDAR

Paper! Paper! There is no gold in Aqaba.

No gold! No great box!

LAWRENCE

Did Audar come to Aqaba for gold?

AUDAR

For my pleasure as you said, but gold is

honourable, and Aurens promised gold.

Aurens lied.

LAWRENCE

See, Auda. The Crown of England promises

to pay five thousand golden guineas

to Audar Abu Tayi, signed in His

Majesty's absence, by...me. In ten days,

I'll be back with the gold. With gold,

with guns, ...with everything.

AUDAR

Ten days. You'll cross Sinai?

LAWRENCE

Why not? Moses did.

AUDAR

And you will take the children?

LAWRENCE

Moses did!

AUDAR

Moses was a prophet and beloved of God.

He said there was gold here: he lied. He

is not perfect.

FERRAJ

Lord, can we not rest?

LAWRENCE

I told you, 'No rest till they know I

hold Aqaba'. Have you two slept in beds?

Ferraj? Doud? With sheets. Tomorrow the

finest sheets in the finest room in the

finest hotel in Cairo, I promise.

MAJID

Then it shall be so, lord.

LAWRENCE

Look! a pillar of fire.

DOUD

No, lord. Dust.

LAWRENCE

My compass! No matter. If we ride west,

we must strike the Canal...

LAWRENCE

Come on!

DOUD

Aurens!! Aurens!!

FERRAJ

Aurens!

LAWRENCE

Ferraj! Ferraj! Don't! Don't! Don't!

FERRAJ

Aurens? Why do you walk? But why, lord?

Aurens! But why, lord? There's room for

both. It serves no purpose...

Aurens! Look! Aurens!

LAWRENCE

It's all right, Ferraj. It's all right.

FERRAJ

Hey!

MOTORCYCLIST

Who are you? Who are you?

Cairo

FERRAJ

Doud!

SOLDIER

We're here, sir. You taking him in

there, sir?

LAWRENCE

Yes.

SOLDIER

Here! Here! You! And where the hell do

you think you're going to, Mister?

LAWRENCE

Eh, we're thirsty.

SOLDIER

Mr Lawrence, is it?

LAWRENCE

Yes.

SOLDIER

Are you going to the officer's bar, sir?

LAWRENCE

Yes.

SOLDIER

You can't take him in there, sir.

OFFICER

What do you think you look like?

BAR MAN

No, no, you mustn't! Not another! Go

effendi! Go! Get out! You must get out!

Get out!

LAWRENCE

We want two large glasses of lemonade!

BAR MAN

This is a bar for British Officers.

LAWRENCE

That's alright; we're not particular

FREDDY

Lawrence! Are you off your head?

LAWRENCE

No. Oddly enough, I'm not.

OFFICER

Now, look here, Lawrence, just clear out

of here, will you?

CROWD

Go on, Lawrence, clear off! Get that boy

out of here!

OFFICER

Pogo! We'll have this one out, anyway.

CROWD

Get out! Get that wog out of here! Yes,

clear off! Go on, get the little wog out!

BRIGHTON

What's going on?

OFFICER

It's Lawrence, sir.

LAWRENCE

Lemonade with ice.

BRIGHTON

Well, explain yourself.

LAWRENCE

We've taken Aqaba.

BRIGHTON

Taken Aqaba? Who has?

LAWRENCE

We have. Our side in this war have. The

wogs have. We have. He likes your

lemonade.

BRIGHTON

You mean the Turks have gone?

LAWRENCE

No, they're still there, but they've no

boots. Prisoners, sir. We took them

prisoners; the entire garrison. No,

that's not true. We killed some; too many

really. I'll manage it better next time.

There's been a lot of killing, one way or

another. Cross my heart and hope to die,

it's all perfectly true.

BRIGHTON

It isn't possible.

LAWRENCE

Yes, it is. I did it.

BRIGHTON

You'd better talk to Allenby.

LAWRENCE

General Allenby?

BRIGHTON

Yes, He's in command now Murray's gone.

LAWRENCE

Well, that's a step in the right

direction. First I want a room, with a

bed, with sheets.

BRIGHTON

Yes, yes, of course.

LAWRENCE

It's for him.

BRIGHTON

Right! You want a bed yourself, don't

you?

LAWRENCE

See Allenby first, though. Will he see

me?

BRIGHTON

I think so.

LAWRENCE

Do that then. I'd better shave

BRIGHTON

Yes, you had. You'd better get into some

trousers too.

ALLENBY

Undisciplined...unpunctual...untidy...sev

eral languages...knowledge of

music...literature...knowledge

of...knowledge of...you're an interesting

man, there's no doubt about it. Who told

you to take Aqaba?

LAWRENCE

Nobody.

ALLENBY

Sir.

LAWRENCE

Sir.

ALLENBY

Then, why did you?

LAWRENCE

Aqaba's important.

ALLENBY

Why is it important?

LAWRENCE

It's the Turkish route to the Canal.

ALLENBY

Not any more. They're coming through

Bethsheda.

LAWRENCE

I know, but we've gone forward to Gaza.

ALLENBY

So?

LAWRENCE

So that left Aqaba behind your right.

ALLENBY

True.

LAWRENCE

And it will be further behind your right

when you go for Jerusalem.

ALLENBY

Am I going for Jerusalem?

LAWRENCE

Yes.

ALLENBY

Very well. Aqaba behind my right.

LAWRENCE

It threatened El Herish and Gaza.

ALLENBY

Anything else?

LAWRENCE

Yes. Aqaba's linked with Medina.

ALLENBY

Do you think we should shift them out of

Medina now?

LAWRENCE

No. I think you should leave them there.

ALLENBY

You acted without orders, you know?

LAWRENCE

Shouldn't officers use their initiative

at all times?

ALLENBY

Not really. It's awfully dangerous,

Lawrence.

LAWRENCE

Yes. I know.

ALLENBY

Already?

LAWRENCE

Yes.

ALLENBY

I'm promoting you major.

LAWRENCE

I don't think that's a very good idea.

ALLENBY

I didn't ask you; I want you to go

back...and carry on the good work.

LAWRENCE

No, thank you, sir.

ALLENBY

Why not?

LAWRENCE

Well, I...eh, let me see...I killed two

people. I mean two Arabs; one was a boy.

that was... yesterday! I led him into

quicksand. The other was a man; that was

before Aqaba, anyway. I had to execute

him with my pistol. There was something

about it I didn't like.

ALLENBY

Well, naturally...

LAWRENCE

No, something else...

ALLENBY

I see, well, that's all right. We'll give

you a warning.

LAWRENCE

No. Something else.

ALLENBY

What then?

LAWRENCE

I enjoyed it.

ALLENBY

Rubbish! Rubbish! You know that you're

tired. What do you mean by coming here

dressed like that? Amateur theatricals?

LAWRENCE

Oh, yes. Entirely.

ALLENBY

Let me see that hat-thing, or whatever it

is. Fascinating gear they wear. How do

you think I would look in this hat,

Harry?

BRIGHTON

Damn ridiculous, sir.

ALLENBY

Here, you keep it.

LAWRENCE

What I'm trying to say is I don't think

I'm fit for it.

ALLENBY

Really!? What do you think, Dryden?

DRYDEN

Before he did it, sir, I'd have said it

couldn't be done.

ALLENBY

Brighton?

LAWRENCE

I know what he thinks.

BRIGHTON

I think you should recommend a

decoration, sir. I don't think it matters

what his motives were; 'twas a brilliant

bit of soldiering.

ALLENBY

Mr Perkins!

PERKINS

Sah!

ALLENBY

Let's have a drink, gentlemen.

PERKINS

Sah!

ALLENBY

You've heard about this, Mr Perkins.

PERKINS

Yes, sir.

ALLENBY

What do you think about it?

PERKINS

Bloody marvellous, sir. Well done, sir.

ALLENBY

Thank you, Mr Perkins.

PERKINS

Sah!

ALLENBY

Come on, then.

LAWRENCE

You're a clever man, sir.

ALLENBY

No, but I know a good thing when I see

one. That's fair, surely. Look here,

lad. If I'm going to break through to

Jerusalem, I must concentrate not

discipline...

LAWRENCE

Guns.

ALLENBY

Do you know of better?...

LAWRENCE

We shall do very well, indeed, sir.

ALLENBY

Easy, gentlemen, please. Will you give us

something to drink? Waiter Of course,

sir.

ALLENBY

I'm here at the invitation of Major

Lawrence. Tracy. Shall we go outside?

So, you'll hold down the Turkish desert

army.

LAWRENCE

Yes.

ALLENBY

With a thousand Arabs?

LAWRENCE

A thousand Arabs means a thousand knives,

delivered anywhere, day or night...means

a thousand camels; that means a thousand

packs of high explosive and a thousand

crack rifles. We can cross Arabia while

Johnny Turk is still turning round. I'll

smash his railways, and while he's

mending them I'll smash them somewhere

else. In thirteen weeks I can have Arabia

in chaos.

ALLENBY

You are going back then?

LAWRENCE

Yes, of course I'm going back.

ALLENBY

Well, if we can see it, so can the Turk.

If he finds he's using four divisions to

fend off a handful of bandits, he'll

withdraw.

LAWRENCE

He daren't withdraw. Arabia's part of his

empire: if he gets out now, he knows

he'll never get back again.

BRIGHTON

I wonder who will.

LAWRENCE

No one will. Arabia's for the Arabs now.

That's what I've told them, anyway.

That's what they think: that's why

they're fighting.

ALLENBY

Oh, surely.

LAWRENCE

They've only one suspicion, if we'll let

them drive the Turks out and then move in

ourselves. I've told them that that's

false: that we've no ambitions in Arabia,

have we?

ALLENBY

I'm not a politician, thank God. have we

any ambition in Arabia, Dryden?

DRYDEN

Difficult question, sir.

LAWRENCE

I want to know, sir, if I can tell them

in your name that we have no ambitions in

Arabia.

ALLENBY

Certainly.

LAWRENCE

Two thousand small arms is not enough: I

need five.

ALLENBY

Right.

LAWRENCE

Money. It'll have to be sovereigns: they

don't like paper.

ALLENBY

Right.

LAWRENCE

Instructors for the Lewis guns.

ALLENBY

Right.

LAWRENCE

More money.

ALLENBY

How much more?

LAWRENCE

Twenty-five thousand now: a lot more

later.

ALLENBY

Dryden?

DRYDEN

It can be done, sir.

LAWRENCE

A couple of armoured cars.

ALLENBY

Right.

LAWRENCE

Field artillery.

ALLENBY

Right. I'm going to give you every

blessed thing I can, Major Lawrence,

because I know you'll use it.

Congratulations and thank you. Thank you

for your hospitality, gentlemen.

CROWD

Congratulations.

DRYDEN

Are you really going to give them

artillery, sir?

BRIGHTON

I was wondering that, sir. It might be

deuced difficult to get it back again.

DRYDEN

Give them artillery and you've made them

independent.

ALLENBY

Then, I can't give them artillery, can I?

DRYDEN

For you to say, sir.

ALLENBY

No, it's not. I've got orders to obey,

thank God. Not like that poor devil. He's

riding the whirlwind.

DRYDEN

Let's hope we're...

BENTLEY

Excuse me, friend. Who do these bags

belong to?

SILIAM

To Prince Feisal.

BENTLEY

You're not Prince Feisal, by any chance.

SILIAM

No.

BENTLEY

You know him, though.

SILIAM

He is my master. I am his servant.

BENTLEY

Em. Can you read? The Chicago Courier is

my own particular paper, but my work is

syndicated throughout America.

FEISAL

I understood so from your letter, Mr

Bentley. Now?

BENTLEY

Where can I find Major Lawrence?

FEISAL

Is that what you've come for?

BENTLEY

Not all together, sir, no.

FEISAL

Well, Mr Bentley, you will find Major

Lawrence with my army.

BENTLEY

Well, that's what I meant, sir. Where can

I find your army?

FEISAL

I don't know. Last week they were near El

Hira.

BENTLEY

Gira!

FEISAL

Oh, yes. I fear you have a long journey.

Can you ride a camel?

BENTLEY

I've never tried.

FEISAL

Take a mule. Avoid Malal. The Turks are

there.

BENTLEY

In Malal, now? They move fast.

FEISAL

They do, but not so fast as we do, you

will find.

FEISAL

Myself? I am going to Cairo, as you know.

BENTLEY

Yes.

FEISAL

There is work for me there of a different

kind.

BENTLEY

Yes. I understand you've been given no

artillery.

FEISAL

That is so.

BENTLEY

You're handicapped.

FEISAL

It restricts us to small things.

BENTLEY

It's intended to.

FEISAL

Do you know General Allenby?

BENTLEY

Watch out for Allenby. He's a 'slim

customer'.

FEISAL

Excuse me?

BENTLEY

A clever man.

FEISAL

'Slim customer'. Very good. I will

certainly watch out for him. You're being

very sympathetic, Mr Bentley.

BENTLEY

Your Highness, we Americans were once a

colonial people and we naturally feel

sympathetic to any people, anywhere, who

are struggling for their freedom.

FEISAL

Very gratifying.

BENTLEY

Also, my interests are the same as yours.

You want your story told: I badly want a

story to tell.

FEISAL

Ah, now you are 'talking turkey', are you

not?

BENTLEY

Ha! Ha!

FEISAL

Well, Mr Bentley, I will give you a guide

and a letter, and before I leave

here...Ah, which must be presently, I

will have some facts and figures put on

paper for you. You know, of course, that

we are destroying the Turkish railways?

BENTLEY

I do, sir. Major Lawrence is in charge of

all this, is he?

FEISAL

My army is made up of tribes. The tribes

are led by the tribal leaders.

FEISAL

Well, your people do think very highly of

Major Lawrence, though.

FEISAL

Oh, yes. And rightly. In this country, Mr

Bentley, the man who gives victory in

battle is prized beyond every other man.

One figure I can give you from my head

because it never leaves my head. Since

starting this campaign four months ago,

we have lost thirty-seven wounded, one

hundred and fifty-six dead. You remark

that this proportion between our dead and

wounded.

BENTLEY

Yeah. Four times as many.

FEISAL

That's because those too badly wounded to

bring away we ourselves kill. We leave no

wounded for the Turks.

BENTLEY

You mean...

FEISAL

I mean we leave no wounded for the Turks.

In their eyes we are not soldiers, but

rebels, and rebels wounded or whole are

not protected by the Geneva Code and are

treated harshly.

BENTLEY

How harshly?

FEISAL

More harshly than I hope you can imagine.

BENTLEY

I see.

FEISAL

Our own prisoners, Mr Bentley, are taken

care of until the British can relieve us

of them according to the Code. I should

like you to notice that.

BENTLEY

Yes, sir. Is that the influence of Major

Lawrence?

FEISAL

Why should you suppose so?

BENTLEY

Well, it's just I heard in Cairo that

Major Lawrence has a horror of bloodshed.

FEISAL

That is exactly so. with Major Lawrence,

mercy is a passion: with me it is merely

good manners. You may judge which motive

is the more reliable. And now, perhaps...

BENTLEY

Oh, sure. Sure. Thank you, sir. Do you

think you'd be able to manage the letter?

FEISAL

I'll do everything I have said, Mr

Bentley, if you will tell me truly the

nature of your interest in my people and

Major Lawrence.

BENTLEY

It's very simple, sir. I'm looking for a

hero.

FEISAL

Indeed? You do not seem a romantic man.

BENTLEY

Oh, no. But certain influential men back

home believe that the time has come for

America to lend her weight to the

patriotic struggle against Germany...and

Turkey. Now, I've been sent to find

material which will show our people that

his war is...

FEISAL

Enjoyable?

BENTLEY

Hardly that, sir. But to show it in its

more adventurous aspects.

FEISAL

You are looking for a figure who will

draw your country towards war.

BENTLEY

Alright. Yes.

FEISAL

Aurens is your man.

LAWRENCE

Stop! Stop it! Stop it! Come on, men!

AUDAR

Aurens!

LAWRENCE

Oh, good God!

BENTLEY

Jimeny! Never seen a man killed with a

sword before.

LAWRENCE

Why don't you take a picture?

BENTLEY

Wish I had.

AUDAR

How is it with thee, Aurens? No! Am I in

this?

LAWRENCE

Did you take his picture?

BENTLEY

Yeah.

AUDAR

You are using up your nine lives very

quickly.

BENTLEY

Charming company you keep.

LAWRENCE

Auda? he's a bit old fashioned. He thinks

these things will steal his virtue. He

thinks you're a kind of thief.

BENTLEY

Is it alright if I take your picture?

LAWRENCE

All right.

BENTLEY

OK. Just walk.

CROWD

Aurens! Aurens!

BENTLEY

Major Lawrence? Yes, sir, that's my baby.

BRIGHTON

This looting has got to stop.

ALI

It is customary.

BRIGHTON

It's theft, and theft makes thieves.

ALI

I would not say that to Auda. It is their

payment, Colonel.

BRIGHTON

Payment!

ALI

Truly, are not British soldiers paid?

BRIGHTON

They don't go home when they're paid.

ALI

They are not free to.

BRIGHTON

Well, there's another lot you've seen the

last of.

LAWRENCE

They'll come back.

BRIGHTON

He says they'll come back. Will they?

ALI

Not this year, Aurens.

BRIGHTON

Look, Lawrence. How many men do you think

you'll have left? Two hundred?

LAWRENCE

Less.

BRIGHTON

Well, then.

LAWRENCE

I said they'll come back.

BRIGHTON

You badly hurt?

LAWRENCE

Not hurt at all. Didn't you know? They

can only kill me with a golden bullet.

ALI

It is for children. I have set myself to

learn again.

BENTLEY

What are you learning from this?

ALI

Politics.

BENTLEY

You gonna be a democracy in this country?

You gonna have a parliament?

ALI

I will tell you that when I have a

country.

BENTLEY

Ha! Ha!...

ALI

Did I answer well?

BENTLEY

You answered without saying anything.

That's politics. You learn quickly.

ALI

I have a good teacher.

BENTLEY

Yeah. Yeah.

How's your hurt?

LAWRENCE

Fine.

BENTLEY

Before I return to the flesh-pots, which

I shall be very glad to do, may I put two

questions to you? Straight?

LAWRENCE

I'd be interested to hear you put a

question straight, Mr Bentley.

BENTLEY

One: What, in your opinion, do these

people hope to gain from this war?

LAWRENCE

They hope to gain their freedom. Freedom.

BENTLEY

They hope to gain their freedom. There's

one born every minute.

LAWRENCE

They're going to get it, Mr Bentley. I'm

going to give it to them. The second

question?

BENTLEY

Oh. Well, I was going to ask...eh; what

is it, Major Lawrence, that attracts you

personally to the desert?

LAWRENCE

It's clean.

BENTLEY

Well, now. That's a very illuminating

answer. May I take one farewell picture?

AUDAR

I gave Math Budad two lamps for it. One

clock for two lamps.

BRIGHTON

A fair bargain.

AUDAR

I robbed him. I must find something

honourable.

BRIGHTON

Honourable?

AUDAR

Yes, the year is running out, Brighton. I

must find something honourable.

AUDAR

Now, you may blow up my train.

BRIGHTON

And what will you do now?

AUDAR

Oh, now I go home. They will carry my

toys. They will carry my toys, too, do

you see?

BRIGHTON

Major Lawrence will campaign this winter,

but you've got what you wanted so you're

going home. Is that it?

AUDAR

Of course! When Aurens has got what he

wants, he will go home. When you have got

what you want, you will go home.

BRIGHTON

Oh, no, I shan't, Auda.

AUDAR

Then you are a fool.

BRIGHTON

Maybe. I am not a deserter.

AUDAR

Give thanks to God, Brighton, that when

he made you a fool, he gave you a fool's

face.

BRIGHTON

You are an impudent rascal!

AUDAR

I must go, Aurens, before I soil myself

with a fool's blood.

BRIGHTON

It's like talking to a brick wall. So,

what'll you do now? What can you do?

LAWRENCE

I'll go north. That's what Allenby wants,

isn't it?

BRIGHTON

Allenby wanted the Arab army behind

Dar'a.

LAWRENCE

Then that's where I'll take it.

LAWRENCE

Tell Allenby to hurry up; that we'll be

in Dar'a before he's in Jerusalem, won't

we?

LAWRENCE

Train! Ferraj.

FERRAJ

Ya! Aurens.

Bedouin Aii!

LAWRENCE

Hide yourself, my friend. Detonator.

Alright, fetch another.

FERRAJ

Pardon, Aurens, I put it in...

LAWRENCE

There's plenty of time; fetch another!

Ferraj? Ferraj!

ALI

What happened?

LAWRENCE

Detonator. A detonator.

BEDOUIN

He cannot ride, Aurens. Look.

ALI

If they take him alive, you know what

they will do to him.

FERRAJ

Daud will be angry with you.

LAWRENCE

Salute him for me.

ALI

What will you do now?

LAWRENCE

Go north.

ALI

With twenty?

LAWRENCE

What would you recommend me to do, Ali?

What would you recommend?

BRIGHTON

Well, he hasn't one-tenth so many men,

sir.

ALLENBY

He's lied, in fact.

BRIGHTON

Yes and no. He doesn't claim to have done

anything he hasn't done.

ALLENBY

Then there is an Arab north army?

BRIGHTON

No, sir, he has lied about that.

ALLENBY

Any idea why?

BRIGHTON

It's his army, I suppose.

ALLENBY

It's Prince Feisal's army. Do you think

he's gone native, Harry?

BRIGHTON

No. He would if he could, I think. Not my

line of country this, sir.

ALLENBY

Oh, it doesn't matter; I'm just curious.

What matters is I believed it. The Turks

believe it. They're offering twenty

thousand pounds for him.

BRIGHTON

Good Heavens!

ALLENBY

No. Shouldn't say he'd long to live,

would you?

BRIGHTON

Well, whatever else, sir, he's a brave

man.

ALLENBY

Oh, surely, surely. If he's still going

north with fifty men, he doesn't lack

'guts'. I wonder if they'd offer that

much for me. What about next year? Will

they still come back?

BRIGHTON

I wouldn't be surprised. They think he's

a kind of prophet.

ALLENBY

They do or he does?

ALI

Now, may I speak?

LAWRENCE

Yes.

ALI

Aurens. One more failure, and you will

find yourself alone. I do not include

myself.

LAWRENCE

I do not include the others.

ALI

So, say they love you: the more reason to

be thrifty with them. give them something

to do that can be done. But you? No, no,

they must move mountains for you: they

must walk on water.

LAWRENCE

That's right. That's right! Who are you

to know what can be done. If we'd done

what you thought could be done, we'd be

back in Yenbo now, and nowhere. Whatever

I ask them to do, can be done, that's

all. They know that if you don't. Do you

think I'm just anybody, Ali? Do you?

My friends. Who will walk on water with

me? Who will come with me into Dar'a?

BEDOUIN

Dar'a is garrisoned. Will you take twenty

against two thousand?

LAWRENCE

I'll go by myself if I have to.

BEDOUIN

Why?

LAWRENCE

Because I told the English generals the

Arab revolt will be in Dar'a when they

would be in Jerusalem.

BEDOUIN

Or perhaps you are here for the English

generals.

LAWRENCE

Who says this?

ALI

Rumour.

BEDOUIN

That is not an argument.

LAWRENCE

No argument. This afternoon, I will take

the Arab revolt into Dar'a while the

Arabs argue.

BEDOUIN

Aurens! Can you pass for an Arab in an

Arab town?

LAWRENCE

Yes, if one of you would lend me some

dirty clothes.

Dar'a

ALI

This is madness! What are you looking

for?

LAWRENCE

Some way to announce myself.

ALI

Be patient with him, God.

ALI

Do you not see how they look at you?

Come!

LAWRENCE

Please, Ali. I am invisible.

TURK

Halt!

LAWRENCE

Walk on.

TURK

Halt!

LAWRENCE

Walk on.

TURK

You! And You!

BEY

You. You have blue eyes? I say you

have blue eyes.

LAWRENCE

Yes, efendi.

BEY

Are you Sicasian?

LAWRENCE

Yes, efendi.

BEY

How old are you?

LAWRENCE

Twenty-seven, efendi. I think.

BEY

You look older. You have had a lot of

experience. It's an interesting face. I'm

surrounded by cattle. He wouldn't know an

interesting face from a sow's belly. I

have been in Dar'a now for three and a

half years. If they'd posted me to the

dark side of the moon, I could not be

more isolated. You haven't the least idea

of what I'm talking about, have you?

LAWRENCE

No, efendi.

BEY

Have you? No. That would be too lucky.

Where did you get that?

LAWRENCE

Oh, eh, it's old, efendi.

BEY

No, no. This is recent. You are a

deserter.

LAWRENCE

No, efendi.

BEY

Yes, you're a deserter, but from which

army? Not that it matters at all. A man

cannot be always in uniform. Your skin is

very fair. Beat him.

ALI

Sleep. Sleep! Eat. Eat! You have a

body like other men. Good. Then sleep.

ALI

Better?

LAWRENCE

Much better. You were right.

ALI

Rest, rest. Can you not learn?

LAWRENCE

Oh, I've learned alright. I'm going, Ali.

ALI

Why?

LAWRENCE

Why? Heavens!

ALI

Why?

LAWRENCE

I've come to the end of myself, I

suppose.

ALI

And the end of the Arab revolt?

LAWRENCE

I'm not the Arab revolt, Ali. I'm not

even Arab.

ALI

A man can be whatever he wants, you said.

LAWRENCE

I'm sorry. I thought it was, too.

ALI

You proved it.

LAWRENCE

Look, Ali. Look! That's me. What colour

is it? That's me! And there's nothing I

can do about it.

ALI

A man can do whatever he wants, you said.

LAWRENCE

He can, but he can't want what he wants.

This is the stuff that decides what he

wants. You may as well know, I would have

told them anything; I would have told

them who I am; I would have told them

where you were; I tried to.

ALI

So would any man.

LAWRENCE

Well, any man is what I am and I'm going

back to Allenby to ask him for a job that

any man can do.

ALI

Allenby's in Jerusalem.

LAWRENCE

I'll make easy stages.

ALI

You!

LAWRENCE

Oh, yes. Easy stages. Look, Ali, I think

I see a way of being just ordinarily

happy. Can I take this?

ALI

It is not clean.

LAWRENCE

No, but it's warm.

ALI

And these? Having led them here! Have you

no care for them?

ALI

You'll lead them. They're yours. Trust

your own people and let me go back to

mine.

SOLDIER

I say, don't forget those form fives.

SOLDIER

All right!

LAWRENCE

Hey? Mind if I join you?

OFFICER

Oh. Honoured, sir.

LAWRENCE

Good to be back.

OFFICER

We heard you were, sir. What's doing out

there?

LAWRENCE

Where? Oh, Arabia.

OFFICER

Eh, yes, sir.

LAWRENCE

Nothing much. Wrong time of year. What's

doing here?

OFFICER

We're settling in alright, sir. We've

built a squash court.

LAWRENCE

Jolly good. Well, I have to go up there.

It's borrowed. Someone pinched mine.

OFFICER

Bloody wogs!

LAWRENCE

Yes, probably. Jolly good about the

squash court.

OFFICER

Lays it on a bit thick, doesn't he?

LAWRENCE

Morning.

MP

Oh, morning, sir.

LAWRENCE

Good to be back.

MP

I'll believe you, sir.

LAWRENCE

No, really, it is. Hello.

BRIGHTON

Morning. You're to go right in.

FEISAL

Aurens, or is it Major Lawrence?

LAWRENCE

Sir.

FEISAL

Ah. Ai. Well, General, I will leave you.

Major Lawrence, doubtless, has reports to

make about my people and their weakness,

and the need to keep them weak in the

British interest...and the French

interest too, of course. We must not

forget the French now...

ALLENBY

I've told you, sir, no such treaty

exists.

FEISAL

Yes, General, you have lied most bravely,

but not convincingly. I know this treaty

does exist.

LAWRENCE

Treaty, sir?

FEISAL

He does it better than you, General, but

then, of course, he is almost an Arab.

DRYDEN

You really don't know?

ALLENBY

Then what the devil's this?

LAWRENCE

It's my request for release from Arabia,

sir.

ALLENBY

For what reason? Are you sure you haven't

heard of the Sykes-Picot Treaty?

LAWRENCE

No. I can guess

ALLENBY

Don't guess! Tell him!

DRYDEN

Well, now. Mr Sykes is and English civil

servant. Monsieur Picot is a French civil

servant. Mr Sykes and Monsieur Picot met

and they agreed that after the war,

France and England would share the

Turkish Empire, including Arabia. They

signed an agreement, not a treaty, sir.

An agreement to that effect.

LAWRENCE

There may be honour among thieves, but

there's none in politicians.

DRYDEN

And let's no have displays of

indignation. You may not have known, but

you certainly had suspicions. If we've

told lies, you've told half-lies and a

man who tells lies, like me, merely hides

the truth, but a man who tells half-lies

has forgotten where he put it.

LAWRENCE

The truth is I'm an ordinary man. You

might have told me that, Dryden, and I

want an ordinary job, sir. That's my

reason for resigning. It's personal.

ALLENBY

Personal?

LAWRENCE

Yes, sir.

ALLENBY

Personal? You're a serving officer in the

field, and as it happens, a damned

important one. Personal? Are you mad?

LAWRENCE

No, and if you don't mind, I'd rather not

go mad. That's my reason, too.

ALLENBY

Look, Lawrence. I'm making my big push on

Damascus the sixteenth of next month and

you are part of it. Can you understand

that? You're an important part of the big

push.

LAWRENCE

I don't want to be part of your big push!

ALLENBY

What about your Arab friends? What about

them?

LAWRENCE

I have no Arab friends! I don't want Arab

friends!

ALLENBY

What in hell do you want, Lawrence?

LAWRENCE

I've told you. I just want my ration of

common humanity.

DRYDEN

Lawrence?

LAWRENCE

Yes?

DRYDEN

Nothing. Sorry I interrupted, sir.

ALLENBY

Oh, that's quite all right, thank you, Mr

Dryden.

DRYDEN

Thank you, sir.

ALLENBY

Look. Why don't we...there's blood on

your back. Do you want a doctor?

LAWRENCE

No.

ALLENBY

Tell me what happened.

BENTLEY

So, what goes on in there?

DRYDEN

Nothing.

BENTLEY

Oh, come on!

DRYDEN

No, really. Nothing at all.

BENTLEY

Is the man in trouble?

DRYDEN

I expect so. We all have troubles. Life's

a vale of troubles.

BENTLEY

Just let me know if the man's in trouble;

I've got an interest in that man; I've

got a claim!

DRYDEN

What claim?

BENTLEY

You've read my stuff. I've made that boy

a hero. When the war's over, that boy can

be anything he wants.

DRYDEN

Yes. Well, at the moment he wants to be

somebody else. Will you kindly allow me

to pass?

BENTLEY

Walk away, Dryden. Walk away. Always

walking away, aren't you?

DRYDEN

Well, I'll tell you. It's a little clash

of temperament that's going on in there,

inevitably. One of them's half-mad, and

the other, wholly unscrupulous.

ALLENBY

I believe your name will be a household

word when you'll have to go to the War

Museum to find who Allenby was. You're

the most extraordinary man I've ever met.

LAWRENCE

Leave me alone!

ALLENBY

What?

LAWRENCE

Leave me alone!

ALLENBY

Well, that's a feeble thing to say.

LAWRENCE

I know I'm not ordinary.

ALLENBY

That's not what I'm saying.

LAWRENCE

All right! I'm extraordinary. What of it?

ALLENBY

Not many people have a destiny, Lawrence.

It's a terrible thing for a man to funk

it if he has.

LAWRENCE

Are you speaking from experience?

ALLENBY

No.

LAWRENCE

You're guessing, then. Suppose you're

wrong.

ALLENBY

Why suppose that? We both know I'm right.

LAWRENCE

Yes...

ALLENBY

...After all...

LAWRENCE

I said, 'Yes'. The sixteenth?

ALLENBY

Can you do it? I'll give you a lot of

money.

LAWRENCE

Artillery?

ALLENBY

I can't.

LAWRENCE

They won't be coming for money; not the

best of them. They's be coming for

Damascus, which I'm going to give them.

ALLENBY

That's all I want.

LAWRENCE

All you want is someone holding down the

Turkish right, but I'm going to give them

Damascus. We'll get there before you do,

and when we've got it, we'll keep it. You

can tell the politicians to burn their

bit of paper, now.

ALLENBY

Fair enough.

LAWRENCE

Fair. What's 'fair' got to do with it?

It's going to happen. I shall want quite

a lot of money.

ALLENBY

All there is.

LAWRENCE

Not that much. The best of them won't

come for money; they'll come for me.

AUDAR

No pictures! You take no pictures!

BENTLEY

It's not for you, sheika, it's for Major

Lawrence. He doesn't mind having his

picture taken. He doesn't mind at all.

AUDAR

Well, there's only one Aurens.

BENTLEY

Have you met Major Lawrence since he's

come back, sherif?

ALI

Yes.

BENTLEY

Changed, hasn't he?

ALI

No!

BENTLEY

Oh, I'd say he had. Different man, I'd

say. What did that Turkish general do to

him in Dar'a?

ALI

He was the same man after Dar'a. The same

man. Humbled. What did the English

general do to him in Jerusalem?

BENTLEY

Search me? Ask Aurens.

ALI

I did.

BENTLEY

What did he say?

ALI

He laughed. He told me to gather the

Harif here. He offered me money.

BENTLEY

Did you take it?

ALI

No. But many did. What is this?

LAWRENCE

This is my bodyguard.

ALI

There's not a man there without a price

on his head.

LAWRENCE

There's a price on my head, too.

ALI

But these are murderers. You know the

sheiks will hang these men.

LAWRENCE

These men are mine.

ALI

Aurens. These things know nothing of the

Arab revolt. You! You son of a leper.

GUARD

Sherif?

ALI

Where do we ride?

GUARD

Damascus, sherif.

ALI

Aye, but for what?

GUARD

Sherif? For Aurens.

ALI

You have bought these things!

LAWRENCE

I bought half the men here, Ali.

ALI

That is different. These are not ordinary

men!

LAWRENCE

I don't want ordinary men! Damascus!!

AUDAR

Aurens!

ALLENBY

Very well, gentlemen. The cavalry's gone

through Masseriel and Dar'a. Very good,

by the way. very good indeed. Now your

turn.

CHARLEY

Well, sir, if the enemy's retreating in

any kind of order, which we'd better

assume,...

ALLENBY

Certainly.

CHARLEY

...he can't be further than this Malad

place. In which case I can have him

within range by, eh, o-nine hundred

hours tomorrow.

ALLENBY

Splendid! Philip.

PHILIP

Well, these are the last infantry

supports going up now, sir, but Malad

could have the Fusiliers there by

Wednesday, sir.

ALLENBY

That'll do for now. The guns are what

matter. Any questions?

OFFICER

This Arab army on the right, sir. What

does it consist of?

BRIGHTON

Irregular cavalry, sir. About two

thousand.

OFFICER

Where are they now?

BENTLEY

(We) Can only know that by being with

them, sir.

ALLENBY

Then get with them, Harry. I want to

know.

BRIGHTON

Yes, sir.

ALLENBY

Pound them, Charley! Pound them!

ALI

God help the men who lie under that!

LAWRENCE

They're Turks.

ALI

God help them!

BRIGHTON

Well, he's got the bit between his teeth

alright.

ALLENBY

Cocky?

BRIGHTON

More than cocky, sir. He's got the bit

between his teeth. All right. I tell you,

sir, I think he'll get to Damascus before

we do unless...

ALLENBY

Unless?

BENTLEY

Well, there's a Turkish column in front

of him. Out of Masriel.

ALLENBY

What do the Turks have in Masriel? I

wonder where they are now.

GUARD

No prisoners.

ALI

Damascus, Aurens. Aurens. Not this.

Go round. Damascus, Aurens! Damascus!

GUARD

No prisoners.

ALI

Aurens?

AUDAR

This was Talal's village.

LAWRENCE

No prisoners! No prisoners!

ALI

God. God! God!! Aurens! Enough!

Enough! Make them stop! Aurens!

BENTLEY

Major! Major Lawrence! Jesus wept! Jesus

wept!

ALI

Does it surprise you, Mr Bentley? Surely,

you know the Arabs are a barbarous

people. Barbarous and cruel. Who but

they! Who but they!

BENTLEY

Oh, you rotten man. Here, let me take

your rotten bloody picture for the rotten

bloody newspapers.

BEDOUIN

These were cut last night, Aurens, in

Damascus. Damascus!

LAWRENCE

Take them to Sherif Ali. Tell him. Remind

him. Is Allenby in Damascus?

BEDOUIN

Near.

LAWRENCE

Tell Sherif Ali that.

BEDOUIN

They are not ripe, ha, ha.

SOLDIER

General salute! Present arms! Hold Arms!

BRIGHTON

Lawrence is behind it, sir. Lawrence. The

whole town has passed onto the Arab flag.

ALLENBY

When?

BRIGHTON

A day and a night, sir. They've been here

a day and a night. They've occupied the

town, sir. They've done it. He's set up

his own headquarters in the town hall.

ALLENBY

What else besides the town hall?

BRIGHTON

The telephone exchange, post office,

power house, hospital, fire station,

everything, sir. They call themselves the

Arab National Council and they're in the

town hall.

ALLENBY

Well, they're your pigeon, Harry. What do

you think we should do about it?

BRIGHTON

Well, get them out of it, sir, quick

time.

ALLENBY

How about that, Dryden?

DRYDEN

Not unless you want a full-scale rising

on your hands, sir.

BRIGHTON

Well, what, then?

DRYDEN

When will Prince Feisal be in Damascus?

ALLENBY

By special train in two days' time.

DRYDEN

Two days.

ALLENBY

Two days is what you asked me for. I

can't keep him out any longer. Isn't it

enough?

DRYDEN

Yes, ample. I should think.

BRIGHTON

Look, sir, we can't just do nothing.

ALLENBY

Why not? It's usually best.

ALLENBY

Get us something to drink, Tracy.

Tracy Yes, sir.

ALLENBY

And Tracy, all troops to remain quartered

until further notice.

TRACY

Yes, sir. Does that apply to technical

units, sir?

ALLENBY

Technical Units particularly.

TRACY

Yes, sir.

BRIGHTON

Medicals, too, sir?

ALLENBY

I'm afraid so, Harry. Medicals too.

LAWRENCE

We, here, are neither Harif, nor Howetat,

nor any other tribe, but Arabs at the

Arab Council, acting for Prince Feisal.

AUDAR

He insulted me.

LAWRENCE

Sherif Ali said that the telephones were

in the care of the Howetat, and that the

telephones had ceased to work, and this

is true, Auda.

AUDAR

They will not work because they are given

no electricity. The electricity is in the

care of the Harif.

LAWRENCE

If you answer there'll be bloodshed.

ALI

You speak to me of bloodshed? I ask

pardon of Audar Bute.

AUDAR

Humbly? Humbly! Harif!

ALI

Yes! Humbly!

AUDAR

This is a new trick.

LAWRENCE

Why is there no electricity?

ALI

I have been to that electrical house,

Aurens. There are three large machines.

LAWRENCE

He means 'generators'!

ALI

So, one of them is burned. They are of an

incredible size, but helpless.

AUDAR

It is so of all machines. Let them burn!

What need of telephones?

LAWRENCE

The need is absolute.

ALI

Then, we need the English engineers.

LAWRENCE

No! Take English engineers and you take

English government. Take...

SOLIDER

Fire has broken out.

ALI

Where?

SOLIDER

In the Gensebe district.

ALI

It is not a district that matters.

LAWRENCE

It will spread.

ALI

Then, in God's name, use the fire

brigade!

SOLIDER

We have tried, Aurens, but there is force

in the water.

LAWRENCE

Then, you must carry it.

ALI

The Urala do not carry water.

AUDAR

What else are they good for?

LAWRENCE

We will hear petitions this afternoon.

This afternoon!

ALLENBY

I'm going to take this up after the war.

BRIGHTON

Surely, we should do something, sir.

ALLENBY

It's an old man's sport.

DRYDEN

Are you an old man, sir?

ALLENBY

Hmm.

BRIGHTON

Well, all I can say is, sir, it's a heavy

responsibility. Sorry, sir.

ALLENBY

Maybe, it's the bulb.

DRYDEN

No, sir. It's the power. They're leaving,

sir.

ALLENBY

That's it, then. Marvellous-looking

beggars, aren't they?

AUDAR

Leave this, Aurens. Come with me!

LAWRENCE

Come where?

AUDAR

Back! I know your heart. What is it? Is

it this? I tell you; this is nothing. Is

it the blood? The desert has dried up

more blood than you could think of.

LAWRENCE

I pray that I may never see the desert

again. Hear me, God!

AUDAR

You will come. There is only the desert

for you.

LAWRENCE

What about you, Ali?

ALI

No. I shall stay here and learn politics.

LAWRENCE

That's a very low occupation.

ALI

I had no thought of it when I met you.

You tried very hard to give us Damascus.

LAWRENCE

It's what I came for. And that would be

something.

ALI

Yes. Much.

AUDAR

He is your friend?

ALI

Take your hand away!

AUDAR

You love him.

ALI

No, I fear him.

AUDAR

Then, why do you weep?

ALI

I fear him who love him? Or must he fear

himself or hate himself. Take your hand

away! Howitat!

AUDAR

Oh, so you are not yet entirely

politician.

ALI

Not yet.

AUDAR

Well, these are new tricks and I am an

old dog. And Allah be thanked. I'll tell

thee what, though; being an Arab will be

thornier than you suppose, Harif!

DOCTOR

In all my years as a medical officer I've

never seen anything like it.

ALLENBY

It comes within the jurisdiction of the

Arab Council.

DOCTOR

I'm sorry, sir, under the circumstances I

think I must take over immediately.

ALLENBY

Under any circumstance at all, you must

obey your orders.

DOCTOR

No, sir, I will not.

ALLENBY

Control yourself. Now, go over to the

Town Hall and see what they say.

LAWRENCE

We did what we could in the civic

hospitals.

DOCTOR

But you forgot the Turkish military

hospital.

LAWRENCE

Yes.

DOCTOR

It has six hundred beds. There are about

two thousand Turkish wounded in it. all

of whom are the responsibility of your

precious Arab Council.

LAWRENCE

What's it like?

OFFICER

This is outrageous! Outrageous!

Outrageous!! You filthy little wog!

FEISAL

My friend, Aurens, if I may call him

that. My friend, Aurens. How many men

will claim the right to use that phrase?

How proudly! He longs for the greenness

of his native land; he pines for the

gothic cottages of, eh, Surrey? Is it

not? Already, in imagination he catches

trout and engages in all the activities

of the English gentleman.

ALLENBY

That's me you're describing, sir, not

Colonel Lawrence. You're promoted

Colonel.

LAWRENCE

Yes? What for?

FEISAL

Take the honour, Colonel. Be a little

kind.

ALLENBY

As a Colonel, you'll have a cabin to

yourself on the boat home.

LAWRENCE

Then, thank you.

ALLENBY

Well, then, God speed.

FEISAL

There's nothing further here for a

warrior. We drive bargains. Old men's

work. Young men make wars and the virtues

of war are the virtues of young men;

courage and hope for the future. Then,

old men make the peace. And the vices of

peace are the vices of old men; mistrust

and caution. It must be so. What I owe

you is beyond evaluation. The power-

house, the telephone exchange - these I

concede; the pumping plant I must retain.

ALLENBY

If you retain the pumping-plant, there'll

be no water, sir.

FEISAL

I shall be glad of any technical

assistance.

ALLENBY

In fairness then, you must bring down

your flag.

FEISAL

I shall not bring down my flag, and if

your men attempt it, my men will resist

it.

ALLENBY

Have you any men, sir?

FEISAL

Enough for that. It's the kind of thing

that makes a very ugly incident. I'm sure

you're government does not wish to appear

at the peace conference in the light of

an aggressor.

SOLDIER

I say! It's Lawrence, isn't it? Well, may

I shake you're hand, sir? Just want to be

able to say I'd done it, sir.

LAWRENCE

Haven't we met before?

SOLDIER

Don't think so, sir. Oh, no, sir. I

should have remembered that.

FEISAL

It is widely known the Arab council took

power in my name.

ALLENBY

They have no power, sir. It's illusory.

FEISAL

Illusions can be very powerful;

particularly when they take this form.

The world is delighted at the picture of

Damascus liberated by the Arab army.

ALLENBY

Led, may I remind you, sir, by a British

serving officer.

FEISAL

Ah, yes. But then Aurens is a sword with

two edges. We are equally glad to be rid

of him. Are we not?

ALLENBY

I thought I was a hard man, sir.

FEISAL

You are merely a general. I must be a

king.

BRIGHTON

Excuse me, sir.

ALLENBY

Well?

DRYDEN

Well. It seems we're to have a British

waterworks with an Arab flag on it. Do

you think it was worth it?

ALLENBY

Not my business. Thank God I'm a soldier!

DRYDEN

Yes, sir. So you keep saying.

FEISAL

You, I suspect, are chief architect of

this compromise. What do you think?

DRYDEN

Me? Your Highness? On the whole, I wish

I'd stayed in Tunbridge Wells.

SOLDIER

Well, sir. Going 'ome.

LAWRENCE

Hmm?

SOLDIER

'Ome, sir.

The End