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Review commentary by Jeremy Wilson on Lawrence, the Uncrowned King of Arabia
by Michael Asher

(London, Viking, 1998)

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Chapter 3: Nothing Which Qualified Him to be an Ordinary Member of Society
Last year at school and first years at university, 1906-8

Summary of my conclusions about this section:

Ref: "Evidence" Was the alleged deceipt self- promoting? Does it support Asher's case?" Source reference?
1

Bruce deception

Not in the least No: irrelevant and wrong period None
2 "Enlistment tale" Not in the least No: L's scattered allusions do not constitute a 'tale' None
3 "classical scholar" Not in the least No: a self-depreciating joke Completely wrong
4 "War Office deception" Not in the least No: Lawrence was not even referring to himself. None
5 camel/mule Not in the least No: Asher's argument is merely rhetorical Correct
6 "hiding the truth" Not in the least No: used here out of context Conceals context
7 wartime duplicity Not in the least No: the argument ignores important aspects of Lawrence's role. None
8 "leg-pulling" Not in the least No: used here out of context None
9 as (7) Not in the least No: as (7) None
10 aptitude for deceit Not in the least No: used here out of context Wrong
11 Storrs quote Not in the least No: quoted out of context Completely wrong


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