A Reading of Sir Henry Rider Haggard’s "Cleopatra</I>
Chapter Six: The Return and Revenge of Harmachis
Chapter Six The Return and Revenge of Harmachis THIS chapter deals with the third and last papyrus and delineates the escape of Harmachis from Cleopatra’s court as well as his return to carry out his new mission. When Brennus was interrogated, after Harmachis’ flight, he said that he saw the latter spread his robes and ascend to heaven, and everyone in court believed him because they knew that the latter possessed magic powers. This tale travelled all over Egypt and many prayed that whenever he returned the land would be free and that what had happened was the result of divine will. During his journey back to Abouthis, the sailors reckoned the hero was a wizard because he sat cloaked and alone, and fearing some harm will come to them they decided to sacrifice him to the god of the sea. He defied them and declared that they would perish if they dared harm him but they did not heed his words and pushed him into the raging waves. Although on the one hand he was glad that they did because down deep he wished to die still on the other, he felt deeply ashamed for having failed and betrayed his goddess, his father, the rebels, and his country as well as overwhelmed with terror since death would bring him into the presence of Isis.1 A fishing boat rescued and took him to a house where he was told that his left leg was broken by the waves and that...
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