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Earlier this month, when I finished the novel The Eloquent Scribe, by T. Lee Harris, my meandering mind was full of all things Egypt. First of all, the real protagonist in the book is not the young scribe, Sitehuti (who is an engaging youngster), but the Sacred Temple Cat who “adopts” him. Nefer-Djenou-Bastet helps Sitehuti out of a potentially rough spot, and then becomes his constant companion through the rest of the book. Being a Cat Lady, I thought about an actual cat breed, called the Egyptian Mau, that I had heard of but never bothered with. In the book, the author describes “Neffi” (the nickname for the cat, that Sitehuti uses from the very beginning) as being regal, and spotted. So the first thing I did was search for a picture of an Egyptian Mau cat, and found several. They are actually spotted, and very beautiful (and very expensive-kittens can cost $2,500). They come in at least three colors, silver, bronze, and black. I expect that Neffi looked somewhat like this.