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Examples of Fayum
There is not a single point of incident here which might not be true in modern times; every turn of it seems to live, as one reads it in view of country life in Egypt.
The essence of the tale is the difference in social position between the Sekhti, or peasant, and the Hemti, or workman-the _fellah_ and the client of the noble; and the impossibility of getting justice against a client, unless by some extraordinary means of attracting his patron's attention, is the basis of the action.
This lake was not regulated artificially until the XIIth Dynasty; and hence at the period of this tale it was a large sheet of water, fluctuating with each rise and fall of the Nile, and bordered by lagoons where rushes would flourish, and where salt and natron would accumulate daring the dry season of each year.
The district of the Sekhti is indicated by his travelling south to Henenseten, and going with asses and not by boat.
The paths and roads of Egypt are not protected by law as in Western countries.