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Andrew Lang and Walter Herries Pollock

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This book is a parody of the famous swashbuckling novel, She, by H. Rider Haggard.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .'s chief interest in life was the decipherment of the inscriptions on her cradle—the mummy case which had rocked her ancestors since Abraham's time, and which is now in your possession. Of itself it is a sufficient proof of the accuracy of this narrative. The mummy case is not the ordinary coffin of Egyptian commerce. The hieroglyphics have baffled Dr. Isaac Taylor, and have been variously construed as Chinese, Etruscan, and Basque, by the various professors of these learned lingoes.8


Don't you think this bit is a little dull? The public don't care about dead languages.—Publisher.

Story can't possibly get on without it, as you'll see. You must have something of this sort in a romance. Look at Poe's cypher in the Gold Beetle, and the chart in Treasure Island, and the Portuguee's scroll in King Solomon's Mines.—Ed.

Now about this mummy case: you must know. . . Read More