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It Happened in Egypt

By Williamson, Charles Norris

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Title: It Happened in Egypt  
Author: Williamson, Charles Norris
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: Chapter 1. THE SECRET AND THE GIRL. The exciting part began in Cairo; but perhaps I ought to go back to what happened on the Laconia, between Naples and Alexandria. Luckily no one can expect a man who actually rejoices in his nickname of ?Duffer? to know how or where a true story should begin. The huge ship was passing swiftly out of the Bay of Naples, and already we were in the strait between Capri and the mainland. I had come on deck from the smoking?room for a last look at poor Vesuvius, who lost her lovely head in the last eruption. I paced up and down, acutely conscious of my great secret, the secret inspiring my voyage to Egypt. For months it had been the hidden romance of life; now it began to seem real. This is not the moment to tell how I got the papers that revealed the secret, before I passed them on to Anthony Fenton at Khartum, for him to say whether or not the notes were of real importance. But the papers had been left in Rome by Ferlini, the Italian Egyptologist, seventy years ago, when he gave to the museum at Berlin the treasures he had unearthed. It was Ferlini who ransacked the pyramids all about Meroe, that so?called island in the desert, where in its days of splendour reigned the queens Candace. Fenton, stationed at Khartum, an eager dabbler in the old lore of Egypt, sent me an enthusiastic telegram the moment he read the documents. They confirmed legends of the Sudan in which he had been interested. Putting two and two together?the legends and Ferlini?s notes?Anthony was convinced that we had the clue to fortune. At once he applied for permission to excavate under the little outlying mountain named by the desert folk ?the Mountain of the Golden Pyramid.? At first the spot was thought to fall within the province given up to Garstang, digging for Liverpool University. Later, however, the Service des Antiquites pronounced the place to be outside Garstang?s borders, and it seemed that luck was coming our way. No one but we two?Fenton and I?had any inkling of what might lie hidden in the Mountain of the Golden Pyramid.

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Table of Contents: It Happened in Egypt, 1 -- C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson, 1 -- Chapter I. THE SECRET AND THE GIRL, 2 -- Chapter II. CLEOPATRA AND THE SHIP'S MYSTERY, 9 -- Chapter III. A DISAPPOINTMENT AND A DRAGOMAN, 16 -- Chapter IV. A MAN IN A GREEN TURBAN, 20 -- Chapter V. THE CAFE OF ABDULLAH, 27 -- Chapter VI. THE GREAT SIR MARCUS, 33 -- Chapter VII. THE REVELATIONS OF A RETIRED COLONEL, 37 -- Chapter VIII. FOXY DUFFING, 41 -- Chapter IX. WHAT HAPPENED WHEN MY BACK WAS TURNED, 47 -- Chapter X. THE SECRET MONNY KEPT, 53 -- Chapter XI. THE HOUSE OF THE CROCODILE, 59 -- Chapter XII. THE NIGHT OF THE FULL MOON, 66 -- Chapter XIII. AN UNDERGROUND PROPOSAL, 73 -- Chapter XIV. THE DESERT DIARY BEGUN, 76 -- Chapter XV. THE DESERT DIARY TO ITS BITTER END, 86 -- Chapter XVI. AN OILED HAND, 96 -- Chapter XVII. THE SHIP'S MYSTERY AGAIN, 101 -- Chapter XVIII. THE ASIUT AFFAIR, 106 -- Chapter XIX. ?IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED?, 111 -- Chapter XX. THE ZONE OF FIRE, 121 -- Chapter XXI. THE OPENING DOOR, 125 -- Chapter XXII. THE DRIVER OF AN ARABEAH, 130 -- Chapter XXIII. BENGAL FIRE, 136 -- Chapter XXIV. PLAYING HEAVY FATHER TO RACHEL, 142 -- Chapter XXV. MAROONED, 149 -- Chapter XXVI. WHAT WE SAID: WHAT WE HEARD, 157 -- Chapter XXVII. THE INNER SANCTUARY, 165 -- Chapter XXVIII. WORTH PAYING FOR, 171 -- Chapter XXIX. EXIT ANTOUN, 178 -- Chapter XXX. THE SIRDAR'S BALL, 184 -- Chapter XXXI. THE MOUNTAIN OF THE GOLDEN PYRAMID, 188 -- Chapter XXXII. THE SECRET, 193 -- It Happened in Egypt -- i


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