A Reading of Sir Henry Rider Haggard’s "Cleopatra</I>
Chapter Five: The Fall of Harmachis
Chapter Five The Fall of Harmachis THIS chapter depicts the further degradation of Harmachis and emphasizes the distance between him and the goddess as a result of his sin. The hero remembers that one day Cleopatra left the council which was in session and went to see him, took the “diadem” from her brow and set it on his head, on his shoulders she put her royal mantle, and in his hand the scepter, and bowed before him. This is the second time Cleopatra crowns him king mainly, to prove her authority, underline his subjection to her, but also to ridicule him; actually this time proves more painful than the first when she crowned him with the “chaplet of roses” as king of love because it occurs after his failure to carry out his mission. He rises, throws away the trinkets and in anger accuses her of mocking him. Astonished by his reaction she remonstrates: “how knowest thou that I mock thee? How knowest thou that thou shalt not be Pharaoh in fact and deed?” Harmachis exclaims that this could never happen if she does not marry him before Egypt and she answers “perchance, love, it is in my mind to wed thee.” She explains that he is still imprisoned for his own safety because if freed he would be “shamed and slain—ay, murdered secretly,” and she promises to allow him to reappear soon in court as her astrologer (141). When she leaves to return to her court Harmachis...
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