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  1. keannu's Avatar
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    #1

    salvaged.

    Mary's Hospital after having just returned from a vacation at the Dhoon (his country house) with his family. Before he had left on vacation, Fleming had piled a number of his Petri dishes to the side of the bench so that Stuart R. Craddock could use his work bench while he was away.
    Back from vacation, Fleming was sorting through the long unattended stacks to determine which ones could be salvaged. Many of the dishes had been contaminated. Fleming placed each of these in an ever-growing pile in a tray of Lysol.


    What does this "salvaged." mean here? Did he want to select an undamaged one?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 02-Aug-2015 at 11:29. Reason: Unedited it so the rest makes sense.

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    #2

    Re: salvaged.

    In this context, it means the ones that hadn't been contaminated, and could still be used for experiments.

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    #3

    Re: salvaged.

    The opening line is very strange. As far as I know, hospitals don't go away for vacation.

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    #4

    Re: salvaged.

    Are there some words missing at the beginning of the quotation, keannu? It looks like it should say something like "Fleming is at (St?) Mary's Hospital, after having just returned from ...". As Mike said, at the moment it's ungrammatical and it doesn't make sense.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: salvaged.

    Sorry for confusion. I filled the missing part in.

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    #6

    Re: salvaged.

    And in doing so you made the following posts nonsensical. Please don't do that.

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    #7

    Re: salvaged.

    I've just gone back to post #1 and removed what you added because of the confusion it caused. For the benefit of others, though, here is the part which should appear before "Mary's Hospital":

    On a September morning in 1928, Alexander Fleming sat at his work bench at St. ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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