Uarda : a Romance of Ancient Egypt — Complete eBook

Georg Ebers
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will sacrifice me and the whole world; Mena and Rameses are one, and if she discovers what we are plotting she will betray us without a moment’s hesitation.  Hitherto all has gone on without her seeing it, but to-day something has been unsealed in her—­an eye, a tongue, an ear, which have hitherto been closed.  She is like a deaf and dumb person, who by a sudden fright is restored to speech and hearing.  My favorite child will become the spy of my actions, and my judge.”

She gave no utterance to the last words, but she seemed to hear them with her inmost ear; the voice that could speak to her thus, startled and frightened her, and solitude was in itself a torture; she called the dwarf, and desired him to have her litter prepared, as she intended going to the temple, and visiting the wounded who had been sent home from Syria.

“And the handkerchief for the Regent?” asked the little man.

“It was a pretext,” said Katuti.  “He wishes to speak to you about the matter which you know of with regard to Paaker.  What is it?”

“Do not ask,” replied Nemu, “I ought not to betray it.  By Besa, who protects us dwarfs, it is better that thou shouldst never know it.”

“For to-day I have learned enough that is new to me,” retorted Katuti.  “Now go to Ani, and if you are able to throw Paaker entirely into his power—­good—­I will give—­but what have I to give away?  I will be grateful to you; and when we have gained our end I will set you free and make you rich.”

Nemu kissed her robe, and said in a low voice:  “What is the end?”

“You know what Ani is striving for,” answered the widow.  “And I have but one wish!”

“And that is?”

“To see Paaker in Mena’s place.”

“Then our wishes are the same,” said the dwarf and he left the Hall.

Katuti looked after him and muttered: 

“It must be so.  For if every thing remains as it was and Mena comes home and demands a reckoning—­it is not to be thought of!  It must not be!”

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Volume 5.

By Georg Ebers


As Nemu, on his way back from his visit to Ani, approached his mistress’s house, he was detained by a boy, who desired him to follow him to the stranger’s quarter.  Seeing him hesitate, the messenger showed him the ring of his mother Hekt, who had come into the town on business, and wanted to speak with him.

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