Lawrence of Arabia

The trick, William Potter,
is not minding that it hurts.

By the way, if Captain Gibbon
should enquire for me...

...tell him I've gone
for a chat with the general.

-He's balmy.
-He's all right.

You're supposed to be....
Do you usually wear your cap
in the mess?

You should be on duty.
Where are you going?

Mustn't talk shop,
Freddie, not in the mess.

I'm going for a powwow
with the general.

I'm not asking as your superior,
but as the secretary of this mess.

We don't want chaps in here
who should be on duty.

Where are you going?
I must say, Lawrence!
-You're a clown, Lawrence.

Ah, well, we can't all be lion tamers.
It's an intrigue, Dryden.
I do not propose to let
an overweening, crass lieutenant...

...thumb his nose at his commander
and get away with it.

It doesn't sound as though
he'd be any great loss.

Don't try that, Dryden.
There's a principle involved.

There is, indeed.
He's of no use here in Cairo.
He might be in Arabia.
He knows his stuff, sir.

Knows the books, you mean.
I've already sent out
Colonel Brighton, who's a soldier.

If Brighton thinks we should send
some arms, we will.

Well, what more do you want?
That there would be no question
of Lieutenant Lawrence...

:12:38 military advice.
By God, I should hope not.
It's just that the Arab Bureau would
like its own man on the spot to....

To what?
To make our own appraisal
of the situation.

I'll tell you, it's my considered
opinion and that of my staff...

...that time spent on the Bedouin
will be time wasted.

They're a nation of sheep-stealers.