How would you interpret this sentence?
How would you interpret this sentence ‘Antitetanus please, and mark a cross on both legs’?
1 How would you interpret the first clause ‘Antitetanus please’?
Does it mean the captain asked others, his assistants maybe, to inject Antitetanus serum into the protagonist?
Or does it mean the captain asked his assistants to hand Antitetanus serum to him to inject it into the protagonist by himself?
2 How would you interpret the second clause ‘mark a cross on both legs’?
I’ve no idea about its meaning. What does it mean?
Thanks. It’s from A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (Chapter 9).the context:
They lifted me onto the table. It was hard and slippery. There were many strong smells, chemical smells and the sweet smell of blood. They took off my trousers and the medical captain commenced dictating to the sergeant-adjutant while he worked, "Multiple superficial wounds of the left and right thigh and left and right knee and right foot. Profound wounds of right knee and foot. Lacerations of the scalp (he probed—Does that hurt?—Christ, yes!) with possible fracture of the skull. Incurred in the line of duty. That's what keeps you from being court-martialled for self-inflicted wounds," he said. "Would you like a drink of brandy? How did you run into this thing anyway? What were you trying to do? Commit suicide? Antitetanus please, and mark a cross on both legs. Thank you. I'll clean this up a little, wash it out, and put on a dressing. Your blood coagulates beautifully."