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.
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