Below is a transcript of a conversation in Episode 6 of Australia's Nine Network's TV drama miniseries Gallipoli, that occurs at about 33:41, between Major General Sir Walter Braithwaite (WB) and Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett (EAB). But the transcript failed to write the names, which I had to add.

WB — We spoke in June, Bartlett. Do you recall?

EAB — Of course.

WB — And do you remember the subject matter of our discussion?

EAB — Hm?

WB — You gave an assurance not to criticise GHQ or its officers or the conduct of the campaign.

EAB — As far as I know, I've kept to this.

WB — Hmm. On September the 8th, you sent a letter, via Mr Murdoch, to Mr Asquith. An uncensored letter.

EAB — Indeed I did. I have a perfect right to address my Prime Minister. How did you find out about it?

WB — That letter has been seized by us.

EAB — Has it? And has it been forwarded to the proper address?

WB — I warned you I would send anyone away who spoke against the campaign.

EAB — Well, then you must send away practically everyone on the peninsula, including the Turks.

WB — Your press credentials are hereby revoked. You are no longer the guest of the Army. You are to return home.

EAB — Ah. And may I leave at once?

WB — What?

EAB — Thank you so much, Walter. I've been anxious to get back for some time. I'll certainly have a lot to say in London.

WB — Oh, um...

EAB — Mediterranean leishmaniasis.

WB — I beg your pardon?

EAB — It's a parasite. It will finally kill its host and therefore dies as well. I suggest you look it up.

Why on Earth does Ashmead-Bartlett mention a parasite? I can't grasp how it relates to the rest of their conversation! English NOT my first language.

  • 1
    What is it that you don't understand? The meaning is obvious to me.
    – Chenmunka
    Feb 3, 2023 at 9:54
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    Please clarify your specific problem or provide additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it's hard to tell exactly what you're asking.
    – Community Bot
    Feb 3, 2023 at 9:54
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    @Chenmunka Judging from the title, OP doesn't understand why parasites are being brought up in this context.
    – F1Krazy
    Feb 3, 2023 at 10:19
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    I've edited the question to try and clarify what you're asking; if I've misunderstood, feel free to edit the question further.
    – F1Krazy
    Feb 3, 2023 at 10:25
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    I see. My comnent was not about the language as such, but about the history of Gallipoli, which is very well known.
    – Chenmunka
    Feb 4, 2023 at 8:46


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