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

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

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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