Ayesha: The Return of She, by H. Rider Haggard

Table of Contents

Author’s Note


  1. The Double Sign
  2. The Lamasery
  3. The Beacon Light
  4. The Avalanche
  5. The Glacier
  6. In the Gate
  7. The First Ordeal
  8. The Death-Hounds
  9. The Court of Kaloon
  10. In the Shaman’s Chamber
  11. The Hunt and the Kill
  12. The Messenger
  13. Beneath the Shadowing Wings
  14. The Court of Death
  15. The Second Ordeal
  16. The Change
  17. The Betrothal
  18. The Third Ordeal
  19. Leo and the Leopard
  20. Ayesha’s Alchemy
  21. The Prophecy of Atene
  22. The Loosing of the Powers
  23. The Yielding of Ayesha
  24. The Passing of Ayesha

“Here ends this history so far as it concerns science and the outside world. What its end will be as regards Leo and myself is more than I can guess. But we feel that it is not reached. . . . Often I sit alone at night, staring with the eyes of my mind into the blackness of unborn time, and wondering in what shape and form the great drama will be finally developed, and where the scene of its next act will be laid. And when, ultimately, that final development occurs, as I have no doubt it must and will occur, in obedience to a fate that never swerves and a purpose which cannot be altered, what will be the part played therein by that beautiful Egyptian Amenar-tas, the Princess of the royal house of the Pharaohs, for the love of whom the priest Kallikrates broke his vows to Isis, and, pursued by the vengeance of the outraged goddess, fled down the coast of Lybia to meet his doom at Kor?”— She, Silver Library Edition, p. 277.


My dear Lang,

The appointed years — alas! how many of them — are gone by, leaving Ayesha lovely and loving and ourselves alive. As it was promised in the Caves of Kor She has returned again.

To you therefore who accepted the first, I offer this further history of one of the various incarnations of that Immortal.

My hope is that after you have read her record, notwithstanding her subtleties and sins and the shortcomings of her chronicler (no easy office!) you may continue to wear your chain of “loyalty to our lady Ayesha.” Such, I confess, is still the fate of your old friend




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