Beyond Dracula: Bram Stoker’s Fiction and its Cultural by William Hughes (auth.)

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The central wound to his forehead gapes, and the blood has run down, formi ng a deep pool on the ground between his short horns. One snake has attached itself, presumably by its fangs, to the head of the Giant, and a rat has run up his rigid right arm. Such depth of detail is not necessarily gratuitous, however. The whole scenario echoes David's defiance of Goliath in the Bible, where he taunts his opponent with the threat that, when victorious, he 'will give t he carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel' (l Sam.

SS 112) Tera is styled 'Monarch of the North and the South' (]SS 109), echoing Budge's translation of Hatshepset's title as 'king "of the North and South .... "' Budge concludes: Of the end of Hatshepset nothing is known. During her lifetime she wore male attire, and put on the robes and ornaments which belonged to kings only .... After her death her brother Thothmes Ill. caused as many traces of her rule as possible to disappear. 51 Theology, Morality and Popular Fiction 39 Tera's funerary inscription similarly informs the reader that the priests, in revenge for her usurpation of their knowledge and power, 'would after her death try to suppress her name' (JSS 112).

Budge lists no Tera amongst the monarchs of Egypt, although The Mummy confirms the novel's location of the Eleventh Dynasty at Thebes, and supports Stoker's choice of Antef as a suitable name for her Theban father. so The Queen's name is a fabrication which enforces the structural relationship between Tera and Margaret Trelawny, the latter also 'A queenly figure' (JSS SS) according to Ross. 'Tera' is the inversion of the last four letters of Margaret's Christian name, though phonetically it is a tempting pointer also to terror.

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