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Edward William Lane 1801–1876The Life of the Pioneering Egyptologist and Orientalist$
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Jason Thompson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162879

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162879.001.0001

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Nefeeseh

Nefeeseh

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(p.224) 12 Nefeeseh
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Edward William Lane 1801–1876
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Jason Thompson

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162879.003.0013

Lane spent three more months in Cairo, after returning from Nubia at the end of 1827. Illness was certainly a factor for his gastrointestinal infection and other maladies stubbornly persisted, but one of the most important of the “other circumstances” was the acquisition of a young female slave named Nefeeseh. If memory served her correctly later, her name had originally been Anastasia, but she became Nefeeseh. Nefeeseh was a Greek girl. There was no question of Nefeeseh being Lane's slave; she became his mascot, younger sister, daughter, or pleasant child companion. Lane was not the only one of his colleagues to acquire a slave, but none of the others acted out of compassion except Hay, and even he may not have done so at first. Buying a female Greek slave and placing her with a friend were entirely in character for Hay.

Keywords:   Cairo, gastrointestinal infection, maladies, slave, Nefeeseh, companion

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